Hayes Hunt

Member

Hayes represents corporations and individuals in a wide variety of business matters, crisis management, and civil litigation in both state and federal courts across the country. Due to his diverse background in handling both civil and criminal matters, he has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict. Hayes won the “Pennsylvania Attorney of the Year” award presented by The Legal Intelligencer and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary society of lawyers and jurists and is limited to one percent of the lawyers admitted to practice in the United States and supports empirical, interdisciplinary research in law and social science. Hayes is also a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Since 2010, he has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania's "Super Lawyers" and is consistently recognized by "Best Lawyers in America". Hayes was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s 35 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly and named a Pennsylvania “Rising Star” by Law & Politics.

Hayes is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice group. He has represented businesses and individuals in high-impact matters involving: shareholder actions; investor issues; contractual disputes; wrongful death claims; ownership disputes; intentional torts; Title IX; civil rights claims; discrimination claims; consumer protection claims, trade secret and privacy data breaches; and product liability matters. He has represented a broad spectrum of companies in legal and business matters serving as outside general counsel. Hayes’ varied experience includes representing clients in investigations, litigation, and grand jury proceedings involving allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, malfeasance, improper conduct, political corruption, perjury and obstruction charges, and health care and tax fraud claims. Hayes provides corporations, investors, start-ups, organizations, business executives, and families with solutions to the most challenging problems.

Hayes’ commitment to providing legal services to the underprivileged started prior to joining the firm, which is one of the reasons he was selected to chair Cozen O’Connor’s Pro Bono Committee. His dedication to the indigent began when he was an attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and continues to represent clients with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. In 2017, Hayes received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Salute to Greatness Justice and Social Equity Award. Previous recipients of the Award include the Hon. Colin Powell, the Hon. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Ossie Davis, and Bernard Segal, Esq. He has been named one of the “10 Best” Attorneys in Pennsylvania by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. 

For over a decade, Hayes has taught Integrated Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor at Temple University - Beasley School of Law. His unique class integrates civil procedure, evidence, and trial practice skills using a practical hands-on approach. Hayes also frequently lectures to corporate counsel, the American Bar Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Pro Bono Institute. Notably, he was one of only three lawyers in the country selected as a member of NITA’s Next Generation Faculty.

Hayes is also a writer and contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, The New York Times, Forbes, National Public Radio, Time, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Legal Intelligencer, and Law.com’s Corporate Counsel Section.

Experience

News

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

49 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 01, 2022

Super Lawyers has selected 49 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Cozen O'Connor and Pennsylvania Innocence Project Team Up to Clear Innocent Man Imprisoned for Murder

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to Vince McGuinness, Hayes Hunt, Dylan Alper, Calli Padilla, and Art Fritzinger, all of the Philadelphia office, for their successful advocacy for Dontia Patterson who served over a decade in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2008 Pro Bono Honor Roll By First Judicial District Of Pennsylvania

February 04, 2009

Twenty-one attorneys in Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office have been named to the 2008 Pro Bono Roll of Honor of the First Judicial District (FJD) of Pennsylvania.

Publications

The Cuban Casualties Escaping Obama's Notice [From The Sidebar Blog]

May 03, 2016

By Hayes Hunt and Tom Leonard Milagros Maria Del Pino Suarez has a request for President Obama: While you're in Cuba, please ask Raul Castro where her father, Rafael Del Pino-who was hanged in a regime prison in 1977 for supporting democracy-is buried in Cuba so that she can one day honor his...

The Cuban Casualties Escaping Obama’s Notice [Wall Street Journal]

March 21, 2016

Hayes Hunt and Thomas Leonard, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discuss Obama's recent trip to Cuba and what that means for Cuban-Americans who are bringing lawsuits against the Castro regime.

Privacy Breaches and Your Business [From The Sidebar Blog]

September 02, 2015

by Calli Padilla and Jason Bonk There is no more important time than now—perhaps even yesterday—to understand the critical importance of implementing, enforcing and training on policies reflecting best practices to protect companies against the all too real threat of cyberhacking and privacy...

Ticket to Sue – Pennsylvania’s Registration Requirement for Foreign Business Entities [From The Sidebar Blog]

April 08, 2015

By:  Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr. and Thomas M. O'Rourke Consider the following scenario: You represent a foreign corporation in a breach of contract action in Pennsylvania state court.  Your client is seeking substantial damages for unpaid widgets that it shipped to the defendant buyer under the...

How to Protect Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege - Defense Fails in Sex Discrimination Case [From The Sidebar Blog]

March 18, 2015

By Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr. and Alexa L. Sebia Last month, a Pennsylvania federal judge rejected a company’s claim to attorney-client privilege as an obstacle to pursuit of a sex discrimination suit brought by a lawyer and former employee.[1]  The court ruled that despite her legal background, the...

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2016 Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference

March 23, 2016 - Washington, D.C.

Judicial Affairs: Restorative Justice

March 04, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, B.A., 1994

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers In America 2019-2022

2017 Pennsylvania Attorney of The Year, The Legal Intelligencer

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Salute to Greatness Justice and Social Equity Award recipient

Fellow - Litigation Counsel of America

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys "10 Best" Attorneys for Pennsylvania

Corporate LiveWire Global Awards - Government Investigations

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer  2010-present

Lawyers on the Fast Track

Pro Bono Honor Roll of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer "Rising Star"

Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

 
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Chair of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Union Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Visitors of Temple University Beasley School of Law