Hayes, James F.



Tort Litigation | Public Entities | Employment

858-755-5666 ext. 7289


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D., 2011, Cum Laude
  • San Diego State University, B.S., 2005

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California, 2012


  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, San Diego Defense Lawyers

James Hayes is a skilled and experienced litigator and member of the firm’s civil litigation practice group. Mr. Hayes focuses his practice on insurance defense, specializing in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. He represents a wide range of clients, including private and public entities, religious institutions of all denominations, and assisted living facilities. Mr. Hayes is highly experienced in all stages of litigation, including initial case evaluation, discovery, conducting depositions, dispositive motion practice, and extensive trial preparation.

Prior to joining Daley & Heft, Mr. Hayes practiced general civil litigation at Taylor | Anderson LLP, again specializing in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. During his time at his former firm, Mr. Hayes defended business owners and individuals in complex tort cases. He defended claims of negligence and wrongful death arising from worksite accidents, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, allegations of sexual assault and abuse against schools or daycare centers, and allegations of neglect against assisted living facilities.

Mr. Hayes graduated with honors from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he was the recipient of a merit based scholarship. During law school, Mr. Hayes clerked for several firms specializing in personal injury, employment law, and estate planning. Mr. Hayes also completed an internship with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hayes received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University.