David V. Hayes


David Hayes is a litigator and corporate lawyer licensed in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. As a litigator, David represents clients in state and federal courts across the Southeast.  As a corporate lawyer, David advises corporate leaders on restructuring, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  David has a particular interest in assisting international companies with entrance into the U.S. market and has set-up U.S. subsidiaries for numerous foreign companies.

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, David earned his bachelors degree from Samford University and is a graduate of the Cumberland School of Law.  During law school, David was an editor on the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and served on the Trial Advocacy Board.  Prior to law school, David worked in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill.  Following law school, David was awarded the Sir Edward Coke Scholarship to pursue an LL.M. in international business and commercial law at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

David is involved in the Georgia Bar Association and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and has served in various elected and appointed leadership positions in each organization.  David is also a graduate of the Georgia Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. Lastly, David and the firm are proud members of TAGLaw and Eagle International.

Practice Groups

  • Medical Liability & Health Care Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Business Counseling & Litigation
  • General Property: Casualty, Trucking & Transportation Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Government Law & Liability


University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, LL.M.

  • International Business & Commercial Law
  • Sir Edward Coke Scholarship

Cumberland School of Law, J.D.

  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Associate Editor
  • National Negotiation Team, Member
  • Trial Advocacy Board, Member

Samford University, B.A., Political Science

  • Student Government Association, Senator
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity


  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Courts, N.D. & S.D., Georgia
  • U.S. District Courts, Alabama

Honors & Awards

  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star Honoree, 2019-21

Professional Associations & Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Medical Liability & Health Care Law, Committee Member
    • Young Lawyer Liaison
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Leadership Academy, Graduate
    • Young Lawyer’s Division, Executive Committee Member
  • America Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Associate Judge
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Young Lawyers, Executive Committee Member
  • French American Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • British-American Business Group, Member
  • World Affairs Council of Atlanta Young Leaders, Board Member

Published Works

  •  Compelling Non-signatories to Arbitration, For The Defense (DRI), February 2014
  • Browning v. U.S.: Is A Court’s Refusal to Give a Jury Instruction Regarding Pretext in an Employment Discrimination Case Reversible Error?, 33 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 233, 2009