Donald P. Hateley, Esq., CPA, is a California licensed attorney, certified public accountant and real estate broker, with offices in Newport Beach, CA, New York, NY and Washington, DC. From 1996 to 2021, Mr. Hateley was an attorney at his firm, Hateley & Hampton with offices in Los Angeles, CA, Santa Monica, CA and Newport Beach, CA. Prior to founding his firm in 1996, Mr. Hateley was Of Counsel to the Santa Monica office of Bosco, Blau, Ward & Nopar from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Hateley also has extensive investment banking experience having founded The Cambridge Group, Inc., a broker dealer, which had offices in Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY and Denver, CO. He also was a Senior Managing Director at DelMorgan & Co., a Santa Monica, CA based investment banking firm.
Mr. Hateley's practice is transactional in nature focusing on providing advice to public and private companies and their senior management in the areas of securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, taxation and corporate governance. Mr. Hateley's practice includes arranging and documenting public and private equity and debt financings, due diligence and joint ventures.
Mr. Hateley was a co-founder and shareholder of WiTel Corp., a public company focused on providing wireless services, retail phones and accessories to clients utilizing “Wi-Fi” for low-cost calling worldwide. Mr. Hateley also is a co-founder and majority shareholder of Thunderclap Entertainment, Inc., a publicly-held theatrical film and television development and production company.
Mr. Hateley is admitted to all state and federal courts in California as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court and the U.S Supreme Court. In 1993, Mr. Hateley successfully argued and won a precedent case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals relating to the SEC's abuse of its discretion when it fined his investment banking firm. Hateley v. Securities and Exchange Commission, 8 F.3d 653 (1993).
Mr. Hateley is a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPAs (member of the Taxation, Real Estate and Securities Committees) and the American Association of Attorneys-Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Hateley has served as a seminar panelist for K&L Gates, LLP on unfair competition and unlawful trade practices in California. Mr. Hateley has also served on the boards of several companies and has also served as the chair of audit committees and co-founded Combat Sports Entertainment, Inc, which owns and operates amateur MMA and boxing events in Southern California (www.socafights.com) and serves as Chairman and CEO of Vigilant Diversified Holdings, Inc., an SEC reporting company, which owns operating subsidiaries in skin care and aviation.