Christopher Hayes

Christopher Hayes

Partner, Borowsky & Hayes LLP

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Law Practice

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Christopher Hayes' Summary

I have practiced with Borowsky & Hayes LLP and its predecessor firm since 1996. As co-counsel in most of the firm's cases, I have successfully represented clients such as these:

• 60 physicians and allied professionals defrauded of their medical practice group, causing them tens of millions of dollars in damages: Partial settlement of nearly $5 million from the directors and officers of the business that defrauded them, and ongoing lawsuit to recover from their own financial advisor.

• A nurse manager fired for protesting violations of federal and state safety standards at a psychiatric ward for elderly patients: Substantial jury verdict, upheld on appeal.

• A physician improperly reported to the state medical board because he treated a patient at her request: Judgment restoring his record.

• An individual denied life insurance benefits when spouse's accidental death was wrongly deemed a suicide: Full recovery.

• Other individuals and businesses in employment, insurance, personal injury, and contract cases.

I serve as Chancellor and general counsel of the Episcopal Diocese of California, advising the Bishop and clergy and lay leaders on canon law and external legal affairs.

I am a member of the State Bar of California, admitted to practice in the following courts:

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for all districts located in California
California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal, and California Superior Courts

Specialties

Complex business litigation
Commercial litigation
Employment litigation
Employment counseling
Commercial insurance litigation
Commercial insurance coverage
Representation of Medical Professionals (physicians, nurses, and other health care providers) in business and employment matters
Representation of Hospitals in business matters, employment matters
Medical staff privileges
Patent litigation
Personal injury litigation
Securities litigation
Civil writs and appeals
Canon law (Episcopal Church)

Christopher Hayes' Experience

Partner

Borowsky & Hayes LLP

February 2002Present (12 years 8 months)

Attorney litigating in federal and state courts in California, specializing in employment, insurance coverage, personal injury, and complex commercial disputes.

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Religious Institutions industry

2009Present (5 years)

I serve as general counsel to the Episcopal Diocese of California, comprising Grace Cathedral and 80 other churches in the San Francisco Bay Area. I advise the Bishop and other clergy and lay leaders on matters of canon law and external legal affairs.

Member, Board of Directors

Episcopal Chancellors Network

February 2014Present (8 months)

The Episcopal Chancellors Network is the professional network of chancellors and vice chancellors serving The Episcopal Church.

Member, Disciplinary Board for Bishops

The Episcopal Church

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry

July 2011December 2012 (1 year 6 months)

The Disciplinary Board for Bishops is a church court having jurisdiction over matters of discipline of Bishops in the Episcopal Church.

Associate

Law Offices of Philip Borowsky

August 1996February 2002 (5 years 7 months)

Associate attorney litigating in federal and state courts in California, specializing in employment, insurance coverage, personal injury, and complex commercial disputes.

Law Clerk, Office of the Regional Counsel

Social Security Administration

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

June 1994August 1996 (2 years 3 months)

I prepared motions for summary judgment in US District Court, appellate briefs in US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and recommendations for administrative review of Social Security disability cases while attending law school full-time.

Legal Assistant

Hunton & Williams

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

August 1991August 1993 (2 years 1 month)

Paralegal on litigation team in the New York office of a major law firm.

Intern

DESY

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

19881988 (less than a year) Hamburg, Germany

Krupp Foundation internship in physics at DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), a high-energy physics research center.

Christopher Hayes' Skills & Expertise

  1. Commercial Litigation
  2. Employment Litigation
  3. Employment Counseling
  4. Personal Injury Litigation
  5. Securities Litigation
  6. Litigation
  7. Insurance
  8. Appeals
  9. Civil Litigation
  10. Employment Law
  11. Business Litigation
  12. Corporate Governance
  13. Leadership
  14. Legal Advice
  15. Personal Injury
  16. Legal Writing
  17. Motions
  18. Mediation
  19. Dispute Resolution
  20. Product Liability
  21. Courts
  22. Nonprofits
  23. Legal Research
  24. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  25. Corporate Law
  26. Trials
  27. Religion
  28. Arbitration
  29. Class Actions
  30. Dispute

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Christopher Hayes' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Organizations I support:

      • Episcopal Diocese of California
      • Grace Cathedral

Christopher Hayes' Publications

  • Married Filing Jointly: Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages Under the Internal Revenue Code

    • 47 Hastings Law Journal 1593
    • July 1996
  • Madden v. Cowen & Company

    • 576 F.3d 957
    • August 7, 2009
    Authors: Christopher Hayes, Philip Borowsky

    Ninth Circuit case of nationwide first impression in holding that a federal law, the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998, preserves the right of shareholders in a former corporation to bring claims against their former financial advisor (an investment bank) for professional negligence and negligent misrepresentation in state court.

Christopher Hayes' Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • German

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • French

    (Elementary proficiency)

Christopher Hayes' Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

J.D., Law

19931996

Author: "Married Filing Jointly: Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages Under the Internal Revenue Code" (1996) 47 Hastings Law Journal 1593

Activities and Societies: Hastings Law Journal (Technical Editor and Executive Board), Moot Court Board, Hastings Association of Gays and Lesbians (HAGL)

Stanford University

A.B., Political Science, Physics

19841991

A.B. in Political Science; 3 years of study in Physics.

Activities and Societies: Haus Mitteleuropa (German language theme house), Lesbian Gay Bisexual Community Center (LGBCC) (board member), Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Overseas Studies (Stanford in Berlin)

Christopher Hayes' Additional Information

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Interests:

Church property issues, canon law, biking and hiking (but not enough of either)

Groups and Associations:

Grace Cathedral (Episcopal Church) (1999–present), Episcopal Diocese of California—Committee on Canons (2008–present), Grace Cathedral—Dean Search Committee (2009–2010) Episcopal Diocese of California—Bishop Search Committee (2005–2006)

Honors and Awards:

Northern California "Super Lawyer"

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