J. Michael Hayes, Esq. is a founder of Hayes Legal, P.C., a law firm that seeks justice for victims of sexual harassment. Mr. Hayes is a trial attorney who has spent his entire legal career representing and helping victims. He has spent more than four decades building a reputation within the legal community as an ethical and zealous advocate.
Mr. Hayes recognizes the courage it takes to come forward and speak out against an abuser and recognizes that psychological and emotional harm are injuries, as serious as physical ones. His hope is that, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, people who have suffered sexual harassment will be more willing to come forward and speak out against these wrongs.
Mr. Hayes is a Trial Attorney and has met vigorous standards of advocacy. Mr. Hayes and his team are experienced in providing compassionate service. They recognize the emotional turmoil that is prevalent in sexual harassment claims. He advocates the best interests of his clients, negotiating and taking to trial, where necessary, sexual harassment claims.
Mr. Hayes has authored legal books and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law. He is a graduate of University at Buffalo School of Law where he was honored with an award for excellence in the Senior Trial Technique Course. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Notre Dame and SUNY at Brockport, graduating summa cum laude.
Mr. Hayes is active in the Western Region Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association where he is currently Treasurer and has served as President. He is a former President of the Charles S. Desmond Inn of Court. Mr. Hayes is a member and former Director President of the Charles S. Desmond Inns of Court. Mr. Hayes is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Hayes is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and New York Super Lawyers.
In his time not spent advocating for his clients, Mr. Hayes enjoys time with his grandchildren and family, reading (and writing) books, traveling, and learning.