February 20, 2020

Patricia R. Hatler

Patricia R. Hatler brings 25+ years as a national leader and senior executive in the insurance industry, and leads the firm’s insurance industry cross-practice group. She assists a wide range of clients in transactional, litigation, regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Pat served for 17 years as chief legal and governance officer for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company. In that role she was responsible for operations and financial management of six divisions with a staff of 1,400, including the legal, corporate governance, federal and state government relations, corporate citizenship and corporate compliance functions. During her tenure at Nationwide, she provided advice and counsel through the transitions of three chief executive officers, three board chairs, four chief financial officers and numerous business unit presidents.

Some of her key achievements while at Nationwide include providing legal and regulatory support for Nationwide’s mergers and acquisitions; creating the infrastructure for Nationwide’s implementation of the regulatory requirements under the Sarbanes Oxley and the Dodd-Frank legislation; leading an industry coalition that secured amendment of Dodd-Frank’s capital requirements to better reflect state-regulated insurance practices; representing the interests of Nationwide in the significant litigation and regulatory inquiries that followed Hurricane Katrina; and creating the company’s first centralized compliance unit.

Pat was the General Counsel of Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia and a litigation lawyer with the Dechert firm in Philadelphia prior to joining Nationwide.

Pat served as board chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the premier in-house bar association for in-house corporate counsel around the world. As such, she led the organization successfully through a significant leadership transition and continuing enrollment growth.


  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble

  • Chief Legal Officer of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Business First of Columbus

  • Transformative Leadership Award from Inside Counsel

  • Regional Legal Employer of the Year from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Articles in the National Law Review database by Patricia R. Hatler