M. Ann Hatch

M. Ann Hatch

Managing Partner
St. Louis, Missouri

Ann Hatch is an AV "Peer Review Rated" attorney who concentrates her practice in civil litigation defense, focusing on products liability, personal injury defense, premises liability, asbestos and toxic tort defense. Ms. Hatch does trial work in the Circuit Courts of  Southern, Central and Northern Illinois, including Madison, St. Clair, McLean and Cook County. Ms. Hatch also does litigation in the City of St. Louis, and throughout Missouri.

Ms. Hatch has tried more than 70 jury trials to verdict as first chair in state and federal courts in Illinois and Missouri. She is a member of ABOTA.

Ms. Hatch has been retained to defend numerous clients, including manufacturers, premises owners and distributors throughout  Illinois and Missouri. She has taken dozens of fact and expert depositions, and defended many corporate witnesses.

Ms. Hatch strives to limit her clients' exposure and potential liability in a cost-effective manner. She strives to engage in frequent communication with her clients such that her clients have no surprises, and are prepared for all potential outcomes.

Ms. Hatch is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri. Ms. Hatch is a member of the Illinois and Missouri Bar Associations, the DRI, and the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel. She is Past President of the St. Clair County Bar Association. She is a lifelong resident of St. Clair County, Illinois.

Ms. Hatch is a Managing Partner of Herzog Crebs, where she heads its asbestos and toxic tort practice. 

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation & Appeals
  • Toxic Torts
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Benzene and Chemical Defense Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1978
  • Missouri, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1993


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D.
  • Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri
    • B.S. summa cum laude
    • Major: Medical Technology

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2016 - 2017
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award, Illinois Bar Foundation - 2016
  • AV Pre-eminent Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell, 1990 - 2016
  • Recipient of the Chief Judge Richard Hudlin Memorial Award, St. Clair County Bar Association - 2006
  • Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation (Chair of Fellows 1999-2000)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly Delegate, 1994 - 1996
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, President, 1995 - 1996
  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Chair of Fellows, 1999 - 2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly Delegate, 1994 - 1996
  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, Board of Directors, 2000 - 2006
  • Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, President, 2004 - 2005
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Law Section Council, Member, 1992 - 1998
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, Member, Public Relations Committee, 1982 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • President of Board of Directors Land of Lincoln Legal Service, 2010 - 2016
  • Chair of Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation, 1999 - 2000