Attorney Hadrian N. Hatfield concentrates his practice exclusively in the area of family law, including family law litigation, divorce mediation, and international divorce and custody issues. Hadrian knew since an early age that he wanted to be an attorney, and particularly that he wanted to practice international law. After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt University, Hadrian pursued Master’s level international law studies at the Faculté de Droit de Nice in France. Upon his return to the United States, he worked at the U.S. State Department for five years on a range of international law issues.
After transitioning into private practice in the early 1990s, Hadrian was encouraged to pursue family law; he has spent the three decades since helping families find resolutions to even the most complex family law issues. While much of his practice centers around domestic family law, Hadrian often works with clients locally and overseas on international family law matters such as:
Hadrian believes in offering all clients a path to resolution that is best suited to achieving their unique goals. Accordingly, in addition to litigation, he helps clients resolve family law disputes in a dignified and respectful manner through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options such as Collaborative divorce and mediation. Hadrian Hatfield has served as both a private and court-appointed family law mediator for over twenty years. In addition to his law practice, Hadrian also teaches “Financial Foundations for Family Lawyers” as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Hadrian represents clients who want creative, informed and thoughtful solutions to complex family law problems. His extensive experience ranges from cases with high stakes and strong emotions to interstate and international situations. Clients appreciate that, in the midst of the emotional fog that can permeate family law matters, Hadrian has a unique ability to keep them level-headed and focused on their objectives. An international businessman described his experience with Hadrian Hatfield this way:
“Instead of serving as a weaponized legal instrument of my darkness, Hadrian spent a good amount of our time together helping me to be my own higher self. When I pushed him to be ‘more aggressive’, to humiliate my ex, to overwhelm her with chaos, Hadrian held steady, risking a fairly healthy financial engagement, to litigate my matter with honor. He advocated the high road, conveyed a balanced and reasonable position throughout, and still waged a conscious and virtuous war.”