Hayes Hunt, a partner in Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation practice group, as well as the firm’s Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice groups, concentrates his practice on the representation of individuals, corporations and executives in a wide variety federal and state criminal law and regulatory enforcement matters as well as civil litigation. He has defended clients in cases involving political corruption, health care and tax fraud, perjury, professional licensing boards and complex civil actions. He has also counseled clients in connection with investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Department of Justice, various U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the Pennsylvania and New York Office of the Attorney General, and many local District Attorney’s Offices in Pennsylvania. Also, Hayes has extensive experience in complex civil litigation including intentional torts, product liability, contracts and corporate matters.
Hayes has a diverse legal background in criminal law, civil litigation and teaching. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in both criminal and civil matters. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Hayes was an attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He also worked with the Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Defender Organization, as well as the Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Court Division of the Defender Association of Philadelphia from 1995 until 1997. His experience includes the representation of indigent criminal defendants at all stages (arraignment through jury trial) of state court proceedings and in post-conviction proceedings at the state and federal level. He continues to provide legal services to the underprivileged as part of his commitment to pro bono work and is the director for the firm’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel Program for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Dedicated to the next generation of lawyers, Hayes has been actively involved in the creation of trial advocacy training programs and continuing legal education at the firm. He has lectured at numerous advocacy programs dealing with trial techniques and deposition skills. Hayes was the program director for the 2007 and 2009 Cozen O’Connor Trial Academies (COTA), for which he created a week-long trial training program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He was also the program director for the 2008 and 2010 Cozen O’Connor Deposition Programs (CODEP). He has worked with the firm’s summer associates on their advocacy skills and is currently a member of the firm’s Professional Development and CLE Committee.
Hayes also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where he teaches Integrated Trial Advocacy, a program that incorporates evidence, civil procedure and trial practice. He frequently lectures at and serves as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the District of Columbia Bar Association. In 2008, he was selected and served as a faculty member at NITA’s Annual National Trial Session.
In 2010, Hayes was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. He was one of 35 Pennsylvania attorneys selected as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, and was named a 2005 and 2006 Pennsylvania “Rising Star” by Law & Politics. He earned his law degree from Temple University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.