James is an aggressive advocate for the rights of his clients and has developed a passion for representing the innocent victims of negligence against the responsible parties often backed by big business, insurance companies and other entities who refuse to be accountable or acknowledge their responsibility.
James received his law degree from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans in 1998. Prior to law school, James attended University of Wisconsin, Parkside on a soccer scholarship and received his BA in Political Science.
While attending Parkside, Jim was a Congressional Intern with Les Aspin who was at the time the Chair of the House Armed Services Committee. During that time James also worked for the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office.
James is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Louisiana as well as the Eastern District Court of Louisiana. He is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and former President of the Auto Torts Section.
John Hatch is passionate about helping others who were hurt through no fault of their own. Originally from Wisconsin, John moved to New Orleans in 2008 to attend The Loyola University College of Law. While in law school, John worked closely with his brother James and knew right away he wanted to pursue a career in Personal Injury Law.
Upon graduation, John joined Hatch and Berkowitz as an associate attorney. John’s practice focuses on auto accidents and slip and falls, recovering over one million dollars for clients since 2011. John has also handled cases in the areas of construction law, toxic tort, and mass tort, particularly on the BARD IVC Filter and Lipitor litigations.
Before practicing law, John attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Biological Anthropology, graduating the former with honors. As a graduate student, he conducted research on Mayan Culture in Belize and the Chalchihuites Culture of North-Central Mexico. He was also captain and president of the University’s club soccer team.
John is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 2011 and is admitted to practice in the Middle District of Louisiana and the Eastern District of Louisiana.
He is actively involved in helping the community of his adopted home town with the YLC Kicks organization helping New Orleans underprivileged and disadvantaged youths learn the basic fundamentals of soccer and team work. He is also involved with Power Ties, a New Orleans organization that mentors eighth graders preparing for high school and their first job interview experience.