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The POWER List: Charles W. Hatfield

Stinson, Jefferson City 

Charles W. Hatfield

Last July, Chuck Hatfield argued the biggest case of 2021 — a lawsuit before the Missouri Supreme Court to determine if the voter-approved expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid system could take effect without a specific appropriation from the legislature. The court’s unanimous “yes” led Missouri Lawyers Media to name Hatfield, along with co-counsel Joel Ferber and Lowell Pearson (a POWER honoree for tax law), as its Lawyers of the Year. 

For Hatfield, it was the latest in a long line of appellate cases involving election law and public policy. In particular, he often litigates the fairness of ballot summaries. Examples include a challenge to the proposal that ultimately undid Missouri’s attempt at gerrymandering reform, as well as a 2012 initiative that tried, unsuccessfully, to alter the Nonpartisan Court Plan. 

Hatfield’s cases also include a 2011 Supreme Court ruling that successfully challenged the constitutionality of Missouri’s campaign finance and ethics legislation.  

Hatfield began his career as a volunteer election staffer for Jay Nixon (now a fellow POWER honoree). He served for 10 years as chief of staff and counsel for the then-attorney general. In 2003 he joined what was then Stinson Morrison Hecker and established its Jefferson City office.  

Hatfield earned his law degree in 1993 from the University of Missouri.

The POWER List: Appellate Law 2022