Wes Hatcher grew up in Mobile, Alabama and attended the University of West Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree in History and had the good fortune of meeting his wife Elana.  Wes also earned a Master’s Degree in History from the University of West Alabama prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law.  While in law school, Wes clerked for multiple law firms and for the Hinds County Public Defender’s Office.  Upon graduation from law school, Wes and Elana moved to Panama City.  Wes was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006 and took a job with the Public Defender’s Office for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit under Herman Laramore in Bay County where he worked prior to joining the firm of Dowgul & Wilson in 2007. Wes worked as an associate representing clients in various criminal cases and family law matters.  Wes was named a partner in the firm in 2009.  Wes left Dowgul and Hatcher in 2016 and joined the State Attorney's Office, prosecuting felony cases.  Wes has extensive experience in misdemeanor and felony cases, handling thousands of cases, including DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug related charges, Burglaries, Felony Assault and Battery, Traffic cases, and other assorted criminal cases.  Wes also worked for the Virga Law Firm in Panama City where he focused primarily on family law cases, founded Hatcher Law, LLC in 2018.  Wes lives in Panama City Beach with his wife, Elana, and four beautiful children, Ella, Tripp, J.T., and Julia-Marie.  The Hatchers are active members of Woodlawn United Methodist Church.  Wes coaches a number of youth sports, including football with the Panama City Beach Dolphins, youth soccer, and baseball in the local recreation leagues at Frank Brown Park. 

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