2019 Top Attorneys: The Law Offices of Kelly L. Long | The Hatch Law Firm
Kelly L. Long
Over the past two decades, Kelly L. Long has been a force to be reckoned with in the Shreveport/Bossier area courts and is often referred to as “Ron Miciotto in a skirt” by clients and colleagues alike. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and received a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, MS. She practices in the field of family law — divorce, child custody and child support. “Going through a divorce is as emotional an event in a person’s life, as is the act of marriage itself. I recognize that a divorce or child custody action is more than just a lawsuit for the client,” Long said. “At times, it can be a life-altering event. I try not to lose sight of that fact and offer open communications with my clients, affording them as much direct contact with an attorney as possible.”
She is a member of the Shreveport and Bossier Bar Associations. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting with the members of the Happy Hookers crochet group and is actively involved in the Krewe of Centaur.
Marler is currently working as an associate at the Law Offices of Kelly L. Long focusing on complex family law issues including divorce, support, community property, and adoptions. She attended Tulane University for her undergraduate studies and receive a B.A. in political science with a concentration on international affairs. She received her J.D. from the Paul M. Hébert Law Center where she served on the Trial Advocacy Board as the Vice President of Internal Competitions. During law school, Marler was an active member of LSU’s moot court and trial advocacy programs and was inducted into the Wex Malone Inns of Court in Baton Rouge.
After graduation, she clerked for the 26th Judicial District Court in Bossier and Webster Parishes. Marler is a native of Thibodaux, LA but has been in Shreveport since graduating from law school in 2017.
Always root for the underdog. That’s Christopher Hatch’s philosophy. “A difficult win is eminently more satisfying than an easy one,” said Hatch, who practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury work. “This is why I like representing individuals who find themselves in trouble with the government or dealing with an insurance company who is highly motivated to pay as little as possible for an injury claim. Frankly speaking, the deck is stacked against criminal defendants. I don’t find that discouraging; I find it motivating.”
After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle, Hatch received his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 2005. He then honed his legal skills while working as an in-house attorney for the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and drums, painting, and playing tennis. Hatch practices in State and Federal Court, handling everything from misdemeanors up to homicides and complex white collar crimes. He also has extensive experience handling appeals and post-conviction relief matters.