“Although I’m a litigator, I work hard finding alternative solutions to keep my clients out of litigation when possible. I pride myself on being responsive and available to my clients and colleagues.”

Hayes Edwards


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Hayes Edwards is a Principal in the firm’s Litigation, Appellate and Employment Law practice groups. He helps companies and individuals navigate their legal obstacles and maximize their opportunities. The subject matter of his work ranges from disputes over business and employment relationships to real estate, construction, and probate cases. His clients include real estate developers, consulting firms, contractors, and businesses in the transportation and hospitality industries, among others. Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state & federal cases, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediation, Hayes is able to understand disputes from multiple perspectives and adapt his style to fit the situation.

Hayes enjoys engaging with the facts of every case and learning his clients’ priorities, so they can work collaboratively toward a position of comfort and certainty. Although litigation has its value, he approaches every issue by considering the available resources to craft a successful strategy. Competitive but collegial, he always strives to make himself available to clients and finds great satisfaction in knowing their needs are met.

A native of Montgomery County, Hayes practiced at a boutique law firm in Potomac, Maryland prior to joining Paley Rothman. Hayes graduated magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He is active in the Montgomery County Bar Association and provides pro bono counseling through the Maryland Women’s Business Center.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2012

  • B.S, Vanderbilt University, 2006

Accolades & Awards
  • Best Lawyer: Ones To Watch - Best Lawyers (2021-2023)
         - Litigation - Labor and Employment

  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers (2013-2023)
         - Tier 2 National Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment
         - Tier 2 National Ranking for Employment Law - Management
         - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment
         - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Employment Law - Management

  • Maryland Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2020-2023)

  • 2019 Volunteer of the Year - Maryland Women's Business Center

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2020)

Civic & Community Involvement
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
         - Chair, Employment Law Section (2019-present)
         - Chair, Mentor-Mentee Committee (2018-2019)
         - Fellow, Leadership Development Academy (2016-2017)

  • Maryland Womens' Business Center
         - Pro Bono Counselor

Client Satisfaction
  • "My siblings and I worked with Hayes Edwards after our father and step-mother passed because of the misinterpretation of their trust by a step-sibling.  Hayes walked us through the process, provided the pros and cons for various options, and kept us involved while developing a winning strategy for our case.  Also, he was able to work around our lack of technological prowess and made us feel comfortable throughout the process. The trial brief he wrote before our hearing was referred to multiple times by the judge before the Order of Judgment was made in our favor.  We hope we will not need to, but we would definitely select Hayes to represent us again."

Representative Matters
  • After obtaining an AAA arbitration award (a) removing trustees who violated fiduciary duties by dissipation of trust assets and (b) awarding a recovery of $800,000 against the removed trustees, the award was reduced to a judicial judgment in the Circuit Court. The judgment was successfully affirmed on appeal in the Court of Special Appeals, including the award of additional judgment interest to the judgment creditor on a cross-appeal.

  • Represented personal representative of estate on appeal and obtained affirmation of Montgomery County, MD Orphans’ Court judgment upholding the estate’s denial of $150,000 creditor claim for personal services.