Jim Hatch began his career as an attorney in 1980 after graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law. In 1991, Jim started his own practice, Hatch Law Office. While Jim’s early career involved litigating complex family law matters and contentious criminal cases, he became a full-time mediator and arbitrator in 2007. Jim mediates cases involving divorce, legal separation, child support, spousal support, allocation of debts and assets, pension and retirement division, parenting plan disputes, business disputes, real estate disputes and contract disputes. Jim’s experience has provided him with a thorough understanding of the stresses and pressures of divorce and litigation, which in turn, has allowed him to help thousands of clients resolve their disputes. Possessing impeccable professional credentials and a noteworthy career spanning nearly four decades, Jim is among the most highly regarded family law mediators in Washington.
Attorney Jenna Hatch’s practice encompasses selective criminal law cases and all areas of family law with a focus on mediation. Jenna grew up knowing she would be an attorney and planned to follow her in her father’s footsteps. She joined Hatch Law in 2016 after graduating cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to law school, Jenna attended Washington State University and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with an emphasis in ethics. Jenna is a detailed and thoughtful practitioner. Before each case, Jenna first works with her clients to understand the big picture – listening to each client’s situation and helping her clients decide what goals they want to achieve. Then, she begins the thorough planning and necessary work to meet those goals. Jenna understands that each case is unique and requires attention and dedication. In her family law practice, Jenna is equally comfortable when mediating or litigating contentious and complex dissolutions. Jenna also represents clients in select criminal law matters, especially those with co-occurring family law issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault protection orders, and alcohol related cases. Jenna approaches her criminal cases as a fierce, straightforward, and tenacious advocate. Prior to joining Hatch Law, Jenna worked as an intern at the Spokane City Prosecutor’s Office. Outside of work, Jenna is an avid football fan (Go Cougs!) and keeps active outdoors.
Attorney Rhylee Smith practices in all areas of family law including divorce and separation, child custody, spousal support and divorce mediation and settlement. Rhylee is a fierce advocate who is capable and confident in high pressure situations whether that is arguing hearings in court or mediating emotionally charged cases. Rhylee approaches each case with compassion and understanding. She appreciates the personal nature of family law and the importance of knowing each client’s needs. Rhylee firmly believes in open communication and ensures her clients are well-informed about the process and nuances of their cases. Rhylee can quickly grasp complicated legal issues and is able to effectively communicate the needed solutions to her clients, opposing counsel, and the court. Rhylee is a Spokane native and graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in Speech Communications. She attended law school in Portland, Oregon, at Lewis and Clark Law School, but returned to Spokane after graduation to be closer to her family. Outside of work, Rhylee is a frequent volunteer with Spokane’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, and volunteers with organizations such as the Land Council and the Spokane Riverkeeper. She keeps active cycling, backpacking, snowboarding and walking her Great Dane, Paddington.