Cozen O’Connor: Hayden, Kendall Kelly

Kendall Kelly Hayden



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(972) 755-1733

Kendall Kelly Hayden focuses her practice in commercial litigation, with an emphasis in transportation and hospitality law, as well as environmental and contamination issues, employment matters, medical malpractice defense, professional liability defense, products liability defense, construction defect matters, first-party insurance coverage, and extracontractual disputes, including defending bad faith claims.

Kendall's experience in the hospitality industry reflects multiple representative clients, including international hotels and restaurants, boutique bed and breakfasts, party suppliers, spas, and country clubs. Kendall has served as a guest lecturer on the topic of Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry at the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College and regularly speaks at the annual Hospitality Law Conference.  Her transportation work includes large commercially licensed vehicle owners and operators, armored vehicles, and admiralty/maritime industry clients. She has succeeded in setting aside default judgments against her clients, persuaded courts and opposing counsel to dismiss frivolous and unmeritorious lawsuits, counseled clients on developments in evidentiary issues in personal injury and property damage disputes ranging from medical care to immigration matters, and litigated peripheral bankruptcy issues affecting the hospitality and transportation industries.  Kendall’s employment experience includes discrimination, sexual harassment, and overtime claims. 

Kendall began the practice of law handling exclusively insurance coverage matters, which provided her with a unique perspective to understand the nuances of commercial litigation. Although the first part of her career Kendall represented multinational insurers in first- and third-party contexts, her insurance coverage practice focuses today in advising first-party property insurers on how to avoid and address bad faith and extra-contractual allegations.

Kendall currently serves as a member of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), whose mission is to advance and protect the interests of the retail and restaurant industry by reducing claims, better managing risk, and mounting effective defense strategies against claims and litigation. To be accepted as a private practice attorney into NRRDA, members must be nominated by three members of the restaurant or retail industries.  Kendall also currently serves as a member of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association and a sustainer of the Junior League of Dallas. Kendall previously served as the pro bono coordinator for the Dallas office and the Women’s Initiative co-chair for the firm. She is a former vice-chair for the ABA TIPS Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee and a former vice-chair for the Dallas Bar Association's LegalLine Committee. Kendall is an alumna of the inaugural classes of the Dallas Mayor’s Star Council after being appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings to serve as one of 25 influential young professionals to advise him on issues affecting the city of Dallas, Leadership University Park, a community-based leadership program to train professionals to serve the city, and Leadership State Bar of Texas, a state-wide group of 20 lawyers selected by the presidents of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association  In 2009, Kendall was elected to serve a two-year term as a Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors.  In 2012, Kendall was recognized as Dallas Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

In 1999, Kendall received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Texas A&M University. She earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2003. At Texas A&M, she served as president of her junior and senior class. During law school, Kendall served as editor-in-chief of the SMU Computer Law Review and Technology Journal. She participated in oral advocacy through both moot court and mock trial, where she finished as National Champion and Second Best Oralist. Kendall was selected by the dean as a barrister, nominated to serve as a member of the Mac Taylor Inn of Court, received the Second Year Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Board of Advocates, and was named to the National Order of the Barristers at graduation.



Kendall Hayden Discusses Amtrak Case on Law360

May 02, 2016

Kendall Hayden, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses the D.C. Circuit's rejection of a federal law giving Amtrak power to regulate freight railroads that compete with it for track use sets up.

Kendall Hayden Discusses FRA's Proposed Railroad Crew Rule in Law360

March 31, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration's recent proposal requiring all trains to have a two-person operating crew has the rail industry up in arms over what it says is a sweeping, costly and redundant fail-safe that hasn't proven to enhance safety.

Kendall Hayden Discusses One of the 5 Roadblocks Facing The Trucking Industry in Law360

March 25, 2016

Kendall Hayden discusses new technology in the trucking industry such as electronic logging devices that would keep track of how many hours drivers are on the road to help ensure they take their required rest breaks, as well as introducing so-called speed-limiters on certain heavy-duty trucks.

Kendall Hayden Discusses New Trucker Electronic Log Rule in Law360

December 10, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's final rule requiring interstate commercial truckers to use electronic logging devices to track their hours on the road brings some long-awaited clarity on how to implement a technology intended to curb accidents and enhance competition among fleet operators.

Cozen O’Connor Names Six New Shareholders

July 20, 2015

– Cozen O’Connor promoted six members to shareholder of the firm: Philip Carroll (Chicago), William Davis (New York), John B. Galligan (New York), Kendall Hayden (Dallas), Andrew Kay (D.C.) and Vincent Pozzuto (New York).

Cozen O'Connor Among Top Law Firms for Female Attorneys

April 20, 2015

Law360 named Cozen O'Connor among the top 100 law firms for female attorneys based on the firm's female representation at the partner and non-partner levels and its total number of female attorneys.

Cozen O’Connor Names 17 Attorneys To Membership in the Firm

May 04, 2011

Cozen O’Connor Names 17 Attorneys To Membership in the Firm. ''We congratulate this group of exceptional lawyers and are happy to welcome them into Membership in the firm,'' said Tad Decker, president and CEO of Cozen O’Connor. ''This promotion is the well-deserved result of their continuing hard work and dedication to their clients and the firm.''

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Appointed to Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors

September 14, 2009

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Appointed to Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Kendall Kelly Hayden Selected For Leadership State Bar Of Texas

September 15, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Kendall Kelly Hayden Selected For Leadership State Bar Of Texas

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Kendall K. Hayden Designated 2008 Texas Rising Star by Law & Politics

March 20, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Kendall K. Hayden Designated 2008 Texas Rising Star by Law & Politics


Don’t Find Yourself a MAN DOWN: Manufacturers Can MAN UP With Defenses to the Texas Products Liability Act [Products Liability Prevention & Defense Blog]

September 11, 2018

As of September 1, 1993, a manufacturer's duty to indemnify a seller in a products liability action became statutorily mandated in Texas.  See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 82.002 (Vernon 1997) (“Chapter 82”).  Chapter 82, also known as the Products Liability Act, made changes that place...

Texas Supreme Court Classifies Mosquitos as Wild Animals, Discharges Liability for Mosquito Bites

July 12, 2016

Kendall Kelly Hayden and Karl A. Schulz discuss a Texas Supreme Court decision that handed property owners a major victory on an issue of increasing importance as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus spread around the country.

Understanding Linen Fire Risk [Hotel Management]

February 09, 2016

Kendall Kelly Hayden writes about the importance of those in the hospitality industry to understand the risks and potential for linen fires.

From Smoke-Free to Smoker-Free Workplaces [Law360]

January 24, 2012

From Smoke-Free to Smoker-Free Workplaces - Law360 -

Social Media Users: R U Insurable? [Texas Bar Journal]

January 01, 2011

Social Media Users: R U Insurable? - Texas Bar Journal - In the advent of social media, companies should be aware that insurers offer particular types of coverage for Internet-based
business activity, which have improved over the past few years. Policyholders who are willing to invest in reviewing and comparing choices and wording can tailor the coverage to their
needs and potential exposures.

The Proof Is in the Posting: How Social Media Is Changing the Law [Texas Bar Journal]

March 01, 2010

The Proof Is in the Posting: How Social Media Is Changing the Law - Texas Bar Journal -

Winter 2010 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

February 21, 2010

Winter 2010 - Insurance Coverage Observer -

Winter 2009 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

January 29, 2009

In this issue, we identify key coverage developments from the year 2008. We summarize recent court decisions dealing with coverage for toxic torts, environmental losses, construction defect and property losses. We also address new decisions in the areas of insolvency and reinsurance.

A Practical Guide to Evaluating Contingent Business Interruption Losses [New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law]

January 03, 2009

A Practical Guide to Evaluating Contingent Business Interruption Losses - New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law -

Summer 2008 [Insurance Coverage Observer]

August 30, 2008

We take pride at Cozen O’Connor in addressing new developments that will affect our clients. In this issue, we include a special report on two new decisions from New Jersey on bad faith in the UM/UIM context.

Insurance Coverage Observer [Winter 2008]

February 26, 2008

In this issue, we consider a number of emerging issues and also identify key developments in coverage in 2007. We summarize new court decisions dealing with toxic torts, environmental coverage, insolvency and regulatory issues, and construction defect. We feature a key construction defect coverage case in Illinois with important implications. We address global warming in the context of directors with officers liability coverage. Finally, we discuss the emerging areas of fax blast and food contamination, and the impact of the reauthorization of TRIA.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

16th Annual Hospitality Law Conference

April 12, 2018 - Houston, TX

PLRB Large Loss Conference

November 15, 2017 - Fort Worth, Texas

The Hospitality Law Conference 2017

April 23, 2017 -

Houston, Texas

2016 Hospitality Law Conference

February 22, 2016 - Houston, TX

2015 Global Congress on Travel Risk Management

October 12, 2015 - Houston, TX

2015 Hospitality Law Conference

February 09, 2015 - Houston, TX

2014 Global Congress on Travel Risk Management

October 13, 2014 - Houston, TX

2014 Hospitality Law Conference

February 10, 2014 - Houston, TX

2012 Global Congress on Travel Risk Management

October 01, 2012 - Houston, TX

2012 Hospitality Law Conference

February 08, 2012 - Houston, TX


  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 2003
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., 1999

Awards & Honors

Attorney of the Week by - June 17-24, 2014, September 25-October 3, 2016, and July 9-13, 2018

"Rising Star" in Insurance - 2008

"Rising Star" in Transportation and Maritime Law - 2012-2016

Recognized as Dallas Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program - 2012

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Texas
  • American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Joseph M. Pritchard Inn of Court
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association 
  • Leadership State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Courier and Logistics Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association