Mike Hatch has an extensive range of government and private sector experience in legal and regulatory matters.
Mr. Hatch served as Attorney General of the State of Minnesota from 1999 to 2007. As Attorney General, Mr. Hatch served as the State’s chief legal officer, representing the State of Minnesota and the public in a vast array of legal matters. Mr. Hatch was a “working” Attorney General who developed a national reputation for his accomplishments in numerous fields, including health care, insurance, banking and financial services, and regulatory enforcement. As Attorney General, Mr. Hatch audited numerous hospitals and HMOs over the manner in which they expended funds, secured landmark agreements with hospitals to reform the manner in which they billed the uninsured, and negotiated a first-of-its-kind settlement establishing a mental health review board of retired judges to review claim denials for mentally ill children. Mr. Hatch continues to be the highest vote-getter in Minnesota history for any constitutional office.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Mr. Hatch was the founding partner in the Minneapolis law firm of Hatch, Eiden, & Pihlstrom, a boutique law firm specializing in complex health care, insurance, legal, and regulatory matters. Mr. Hatch represented, advised, and counseled scores of businesses, individuals, and insurance companies and agencies in the litigation, transactional, and regulatory compliance arenas. He regularly appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal courts in Minnesota and regularly represented clients before state and federal regulatory agencies. Insurance companies represented by Mr. Hatch in regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters included U.S. Health Care, Aetna Insurance Company, Zurich Insurance Company, and Michigan Physicians Insurance Company, among others. Mr. Hatch also represented dozens of clinics, providers, and businesses in complex health care matters.
From 1982 to 1990, Mr. Hatch served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. As Commissioner, Mr. Hatch was the primary regulator of the insurance and financial industries in Minnesota. Mr. Hatch earned a reputation as a “hands on” regulator with a vast array of knowledge about the industries he regulated. He appeared on Nightline for his investigation involving medical malpractice insurance.