Aruna Hatti has over 15 years of legal experience representing clients in transactional and regulatory matters. She has extensive experience in assisting real estate developers and small to mid-sized companies with finding creative and practical solutions to deal-making. Ms. Hatti reviews, negotiates, and drafts purchase and sale agreements, leases, subordination agreements, licensing agreements, and custom agreements. Ms. Hatti also advises clients on environmental matters, including redevelopment of contaminated real estate, environmental liability transfers, and the mitigation of environmental risk.
Ms. Hatti is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law. At Vanderbilt, Ms. Hatti was an Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review.
Prior to law school, Ms. Hatti obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Cornell University.
Sailing in Greece
Books currently reading
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha and The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough.
Word the describes you
Most prized possession
"It always seems impossible, until it is done.” –Nelson Mandela
What was it about the legal field that drew your interest?
I love to write. I love the challenge of finding precise words to express a thought.
If you could go back and change any aspect of your life, which would it be?
I started my legal career at one of Washington, D.C.’s largest law firms. Although working at a big firm may have been a great stepping stone, a part of me wishes I had taken the road less traveled.
Who has had the most impact on your career?
I have been fortunate to work with many talented attorneys over the years who I consider to be mentors and friends. I would not be who I am today without them.
Who is or was the most influential person in your life?
My maternal grandmother. She lived in a small village in India. I’d spend my childhood summers watching her barter with mills and vegetable sellers, make and collect on small loans, and establish herself as a leader and role model in her village. She’d certainly have some classic advice for any CEO or CFO: command attention, be resourceful with your money and, most importantly, give back to your community.
What is your proudest achievement?
Helping a client grow from a one-person operation to a million dollar company.