Charles Hatley - A Cordell & Cordell Virginia Beach Divorce Attorney

Charles D. Hatley

Litigation Manager

Virginia Beach divorce attorney Charles D. HatleyVirginia Beach divorce attorney Charles D. Hatley has made a career of practicing family law because the opportunity it gives him to help families through such a critical juncture.

“I am passionate about helping individuals through trying times and protecting their rights so they can concentrate on their personal lives,” Mr. Hatley said.

The divorce process can be extremely confusing for many people. It can be incredibly frustrating to get bogged down in all the legal jargon and procedures when so much is at stake. Mr. Hatley walks through each step of the process to make sure his clients understand the ramifications of what is happening.

“I am extremely detail oriented and strive to understand the human impact of the law,” he said.

“I always strive to achieve the outcome that my client wants.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Hatley is licensed to practice in Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Mr. Hatley graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Hatley worked at a general practice law firm practicing immigration, business formation, criminal, contract, civil litigation, federal appeals and family law.


  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • National Trial Lawyer’s Association Top 40 Under 40, 2015
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Under 40, 2016
  • Mr. Hatley was recognized from 2016-2020 as a Virginia and Washington, D.C. Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Mr. Hatley was interviewed by WMAL FM-Washington, D.C., about co-parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Hatley frequently contributes articles and video content for



“Charles is very open and lays out strategy, possible alternative approaches, [and] explain[s] the state laws in regards to my situation … He has been very proactive. “


“Charles was exceptional and a great communicator. Two thumbs up!”


“Charles has been wonderful! He’s handling everything great, especially since I’m out of state. He has been top of the line. Working with Charles has been like I’m talking with a best friend or a brother. He was very honest with me and the likely outcome of my case. I really appreciated that.”


“Charles is very prompt and thorough with communication, and his advice and the reasoning behind it are always clear and reasonable. Furthermore, his messages to me always set my mind at ease when I have new doubts or fears about my situation, because I can tell that he knows how to address them.”


“Charles is on top of it! When I met with Charles he was very realistic about everything; he didn’t allow me to get my expectations up too high. He was able to answer all my questions. I left with a clear understanding and a realistic view. Charles gave me a very good strategy as well and was honest with me. I really appreciate his thinking about it.”


“I was very fortunate to find your law firm. I am confident with Charles. My representation has been great!”


“Charles is a very capable attorney. He demonstrated that he not only had the experience but that he also cared about the emotional effects and stress the case had on the family. Charles is a proactive, professional attorney. He kept me informed daily on activities with my case and provided information and consultation that led to a reasonable outcome.”


“Charles gives me the truth. He does his best to get what I want but is realistic.”


“I really just like how honest Charles is. He never fed me any dreams. He was very realistic throughout, and I appreciate that. I didn’t want someone that was going to make false promises, tell me what I wanted to hear and get my hopes up. He was honest and I really, really liked that.”


“Cordell & Cordell is an outstanding firm … Charles is very responsive and always on top of things.”

“Charles did an absolute amazing job! He’s very well educated, confident and realistic. He wouldn’t give me any false hope and kept things real. He always had a back up plan and was well organized. … I’m blown away with the work he did…”