Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
Robert S. Hatala

Robert S. Hatala

Position: Member
115 3rd Street SE, Suite 1200
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1266
(319) 896-4041 direct
(319) 366-1917 fax

Robert (Bob) Hatala practices law within the Litigation Practice Group at Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman. He has practiced law in Cedar Rapids since his graduation from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1983. Mr. Hatala is engaged in the general practice of law including, but not limited to, commercial law, product liability, litigation, contracts, construction law, municipal law and insurance. Mr. Hatala also represents business clients on organizational and business matters and small municipalities on planning, zoning and other legal matters. Mr. Hatala has appeared before the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals in various types of cases.

Mr. Hatala is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Linn County Bar Association and the Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association. He is admitted to practice in the State of Iowa, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. Mr. Hatala also previously served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association, was President of the local Kiwanis Club 2008-2009, President of the Washington High School Patrons of the Performing Arts 2008-2009 and was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Mr. Hatala was born in 1952 in Fort Madison, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in 1983 from the University of Iowa in Public Affairs. After serving as Mayor of Fort Madison, Iowa, and Employee Relations Manager for a can manufacturing plant owned by Dial Corp., he entered law school at the University of Iowa where he graduated in 1983.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Cedar Rapids - Litigation - Construction
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® list, 2016 - 2019
    • Litigation - Construction
  • Included in Great Plains Super Lawyers list, 2012 - 2018


  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Linn County Bar Association
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association