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The POWER List 2023: Charles W. Hatfield

Charles W. Hatfield Stinson, Jefferson City

Chuck Hatfield scored a major win in 2021 before the Missouri Supreme Court, which determined Missouri’s Medicaid system could take effect without specific legislature appropriation.

Missouri Lawyers Media recognized Hatfield, along with co-counsel Joel Ferber and Lowell Pearson, as Lawyers of the Year for their efforts. Hatfield is no stranger to appeals of election law and public policy. His litigation on the fairness of ballot summaries includes a 2012 initiative that attempted to alter the Nonpartisan Court Plan and a challenge to the proposal that undid an attempt to reform gerrymandering in Missouri.

In 2011, he won a Supreme Court ruling that successfully challenged the constitutionality of Missouri’s campaign finance and ethics legislation.

Hatfield earned his law degree in 1993 from the University of Missouri. He launched his career as a volunteer election staffer for Jay Nixon, a fellow POWER honoree, for whom he later served in the then-attorney general’s office as his chief of staff and counsel. In 2003, he joined the firm now known as Stinson, establishing its Jefferson City office.

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