Kathleen focuses on the acquisition of federal, state and private funding for hospitals, federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), museums, and others, so they can obtain the resources they need to rebuild infrastructure; fund hazard mitigation and security upgrades; and train healthcare providers. She represents diverse entities that partner with local municipalities, educational institutions, Native American communities, and affiliated networks. She spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, five years in federal agencies, and gained extensive legal experience in private law firms in Washington, D.C.
She advises on matters that include:
- Modification and amendment of existing HHS rules and regulations;
- Legislative changes to existing healthcare law and policy;
- Proposals to increase public lands and provide greater resources for indigenous peoples;
- Preparation of client presentations and testimony before congressional committees, federal agency officials and state regulators;
- The acquisition of federal funding through the annual appropriations process, as well as discretionary, competitive and formula grants; and
- The administration and draw down of funds awarded by federal and state agencies, including compliance with applicable laws, regulations and reporting requirements.
Upon earning her law degree, she entered private practice as an international trade and customs attorney. During law school, she had worked full-time as the Associate Director of International Trade for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). She later transitioned from private practice to work in the Office of Policy in Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was then invited to join the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where she worked as a trade attorney for several years. During her career, she has advised on healthcare law and policy, administrative law, appropriations law, international trade and customs law, and congressional intent and procedure.
Previously, Kathleen worked as Legislative Counsel to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd for nearly seven years. She then entered the private sector in 2008, where she focused on the acquisition of federal funds for a range of non-profits. She came to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson in 1982. When he died in office, Ms. Hatfield was hired by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and worked for him for several years.
J.D., Georgetown University, 1989
M.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1984
B.A., magna cum laude, Gonzaga University, 1981
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Honors & Awards
Super Lawyers, 2015-2022