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Rodney J. “Rod” Hatley, J.D. LL.M

Attorney at Law
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Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration

About Rodney J. Hatley

San Diego Estate Planning, Tax and Asset Protection Attorney


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • LL.M. - 1996
    • Major: Taxation
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
    • J.D. - 1986
  • Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1987
  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Published Works

  • "Spousal Lifetime Access Trust", Estate Planning Strategies:  Collective Wisdom, Proven Techniques, Second Edition (WealthCounsel, LLC, 2022)
  • Foreword, Your American Legacy:  Powerful Strategies That Instill Lasting Values For Generations (with Stan D. Miller, Best Seller Publishing LLC, 2020)
  • Editor, For California Doctors: A Guide to Asset Protection, Tax and Estate Planning (with Christopher R. Jarvis, MBA; David B. Mandell, JD, MBA; Jason M. O'Dell, CWM; Guardian Publishing LLC, 2009)
  • Giving: Philanthropy for Everyone (with Robert A. Esperti, Esq., and Renno L. Peterson, Esq., Quantum Press, 2003)
  • California Probate Information (with LCDR Jay J. Kessler, JAGC, USN and LNC May S. Fujimoto, USNR, Naval Legal Service Office, Naval Station Treasure Island, 1990)
  • Case comment, Torts—Abolition of the Fireman’s Rule in Oregon and What It May Mean for Tennessee—Christensen v. Murphy, 296 Or. 610, 678 P. 2d 1210 (1984), 15 University of Memphis L. Rev. 312, Winter, 1985


  • Leader in Law, Estate Planning, San Diego Business Journal, 2021
  • Nominee, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year, 2021
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2021 & 2022
  • Top Wealth Managers of San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2019, 2021 & 2022)
  • Best Attorneys, Estate Planning, San Diego Metro Magazine, 2018 & 2020
  • Finalist, Leaders In Law, Estate Planning, San Diego Business Journal, 2020
  • Top Wealth Managers of San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2019, 2021 & 2022
  • Fellow, Esperti Peterson Institute
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, 2012
  • Fellow, Esperti Peterson Institute, 2003
  • Finalist, BNY Mellon Advisor Of The Year, Best Estate Planning For Pre-Merger & Acquisition, 2015
  • Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award (2012)
  • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star In Lieu Of Second Award), 1995
  • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 199 and,
  • National Defense Service Medal, 1990
  • University of Memphis L. Rev.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Executive Leadership Team, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of San Diego
  • Nice Guys San Diego (Charity and Victory Fund Committees)
  • San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club

Past Positions

  • Hatley Law Group, A P.C., 2016 to Present
  • Chhokar Law Group, P.C., 2010 to  2016
  • Hatley Law Group, A P.C. 2008 to 2010
  • The Law Firm of Strazzeri Mancini LLP 2002 to 2008
  • Law Office of Rodney J. Hatley 1996 to 2002
  • Naval Weapons Center China Lake, Staff Judge Advocate, 1991 to 1995
  • Naval Legal Service Office Detachment, Naval Air Station Moffett Field, Criminal Defense Counsel and Legal Assistance Attorney, 1990 to 1991
  • Naval Legal Service Office, Naval Legal Service Office, Criminal Defense Counsel and Legal Assistance Attorney, 1989 to 1991

Professional Associations

  • North County Estate Planning Council
  • ProVisors
  • Rady Children's Hospital Foundation's Estates and Trusts Council
  • WealthCounsel, LLC
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law and Taxation Sections

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