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Douglas Andrew Hatherley

Divorce and separation Attorney at Irvine, CA

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About Douglas

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Douglas A. Hatherley is a Partner with Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP and a Certified Family Law Specialist serving Southern California. Mr. Hatherley's practice is focused on the issues of family law litigation, including child custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, domestic violence, paternity, division of assets, and prenuptial agreements. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.

 

Mr. Hatherley has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list six years in a row, named one of the Top 40 Family Law Lawyers Under 40 in California by the American Society of Legal Advocates, and published in the Daily Journal, a leading legal newspaper.  He has also attained the coveted AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent® is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. 

 

Mr. Hatherley is also a graduate of the prestigious National Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in Houston, Texas.  During this intensive eight day program, attendees develop skills training in all aspects of family law litigation, from opening statement to closing argument. Attendees receive hands-on training and experience in developing the theme of the case, opening statements, evidence, custody evaluations and psychological testing, business valuations, technology in the courtroom, direct and cross examination of parties and experts, and closing arguments.

 

Mr. Hatherley has practiced family law exclusively since being admitted to the bar and has worked at prominent family law firms in the Inland Empire, Orange County, and Los Angeles. During law school, Mr. Hatherley served as a judicial extern in the Family Law Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court for the Honorable Harvey A. Silberman. He was also Senior Production Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review.

 

Mr. Hatherley is a member of the State Bar of California, Riverside County Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association.

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Irvine Divorce & Family Law
Licensed for 13 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/01/2022

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Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP
19762 MacArthur Blvd
Suite 200
Irvine, CA, 92612

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Absolutely recommend
Douglas Hatherly is professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. He clearly and objectively explains information and possible outcomes, making sure needs are met even in a tight timeframe.
Posted by James | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hardworking, diligent attorney
Doug Hatherly was assigned as the associate lawyer who dealt with most of the day to day issues of my case. Doug was outstanding for several reasons: he initially jumped on the case which had extremely short time frames and came up with defenses and strategies to counteract actics of opposing counsel. Second, Doug was able to sift through and identify the important details of the hundreds of pages of information that I supplied to him and bring thw important parts to the table during subsequent negotiations with opposing counsel. Third, Doug was simply indefatigable, frequently responding to my somewhat tardy emails after midnight and on weekends. Fourth, he had a knack for negotiation which, together with his legal insight, allowed him win important points of the case and concede less important ones, thereby staving off expensive and time-consuming court battles.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highest Recommendation for Doug Hatherley
I am so glad that Doug was able to assist me with my case. He is truly an excellent attorney and extremely knowledgeable. He is also easy to talk to which makes a difference. On top of that, he went out of his way to ensure that costs were kept down which I appreciated. I offer only my highest recommendation for Doug.
Posted by Mike | June 2, 2014
Intelligent, formidable, enthusiastic, and informative
I requested the services Hostrom, Sissuing, and Block in order that I may be reunited with my son. The firm was competent and efficient. They were able to formulate a game plan and exceeded my expectations at my first hearing. Doug Hatherley is my current attorney that was originally appointed to my case. In the beginning, my case seemed to be going in many different directions. However, Doug, who was familiar with the court where my hearing took place, made what I thought was a long shot, perhaps even an impossibility, become a reality. I can only describe it as "sword in the stone." He pulled that sword from the stone and went to battle. I could not believe the results of my case. The results were definitely in my favor. Just the other day, I was finally able to see my son for the first time in over a year! The case is not over yet, but with Doug's legal assistance, we are already so much closer to being exactly where I had hoped we would be when I hired Hostrom, Sissuing, and Block. I realize that legal situations, especially within family law, do not get resolved over night. However, if I do my part in this, I am confident that Doug and his associated firm will not disappoint. Finally, the firm as whole has been very understanding when it comes to fees and expenses. They have been sensitive to my needs, and have been willing to work with me regarding my finacial situation and its limitations. So, with that said, I highly recommend the services of Hostrom Sissuing, and Block. If you can, request Doug Hatherley as your representing attorney! He has been nothing less than outstanding!
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2014
Superior Family Law Attorney
I am very grateful to Mr. Hatherley for his assistance in resolving a very difficult family situation. He was extremely professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. He listened to all of my concerns and brought about a successful outcome to the proceedings. I highly recommend him and would not hesitate to use his services again in the future.
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Posted by Myrna | June 16, 2011
I highly recommend Mr. Douglas Hatherley
Mr. Douglas Hatherley is an excellent Attorney. I was very satisfied with his knowledge, professionalism, good manners, fair investigation of my case and his work ethics. I felt very comfortable that he was working in my best interest. I highly recommend his services!
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2011
Professional, Intelligent and Effective
Douglas recently represented me in a custody evaluation and did an outstanding job. I highly recommend him and would ask him to represent me again in without hesitation. His knowledge of family law is incredible. Document research and preparation is of the highest quality, and communication is excellent. Douglas took the time to listen to everything I had to say and incorporated my feedback, and was always very quick to respond when I had questions. He was reassuring and factual without making any false promises or guarantees, which I really appreciated. I also appreciated the fact that he helped me learn to focus on the most important aspects of the case. If you ever find yourself seeking a family law attorney I highly recommend that you contact Douglas.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney
  • Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Douglas A. Hatherley, Attorney at Law
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Dishon & Block
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Law Offices of Korol and Velen
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Family Law Attorney/Law Clerk
  • Law & Mediation Offices of Pauline Rosen
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Judicial Extern
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Family Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Diana P. Zitser, APC
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Inner City Law Center
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • National Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute (Houston, Texas)
  • Graduate
  • 2018
  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • University of California Alumni Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review
  • Senior Production Editor
  • 2007 - 2009
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Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Superb Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Southern California Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Senior Production Editor
  • Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning and Family Law Intersection
  • Premarital Agreements
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (48)
Endorse Douglas
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Doug professionally for several years and have always been impressed with the quality of advocacy he provides to his clients. His clients are in good hands."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug is an excellent lawyer, who is smart, dedicated, and creative. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Douglas is an excellent family law attorney. I have the utmost respect for him and highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Douglas is a knowledgeable attorney who is always representing his client's best interests. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is respected attorney with a reputation for excellence in advocacy. He is highly skilled and well respected in the legal community. I strongly endorse Doug."
Family Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a fantastic family law attorney and will provide excellent counsel in your case."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hiring an experienced family law attorney is the best way you get peace of mind when dealing with custody , visitation, spousal support, etc. Having a family law attorney's services helps ensure that nothing is left out of your case/claim or matter, which means that costly mistakes won't come back to bite you later. I endorse this lawyer . -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this skilled lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Douglas Hatherley. Respected by colleagues within the legal community. Dedicated to the success of his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
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Irvine Divorce and separation Lawyer Douglas Andrew Hatherley
Douglas Andrew Hatherley
Divorce and separation Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 13 years