James A. Hayes is an aggressive and experienced litigation and trial attorney with a relentless passion for ensuring justice is served for the injured and bereaved. He has lived in New Mexico for over 20 years and practiced law throughout New Mexico for over a decade. James is licensed to practice law in all New Mexico courts, the Federal District Courts of New Mexico, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
James served 8 years in the United States Air Force including 2 tours of duty in Iraq. James has also volunteered and served with the New Mexico Civil Air Patrol. After the Air Force, James attended graduate school at New Mexico State University and attended law school in Florida before attending the extension school of Harvard University.
From his experience as an attorney, James knows that success for each and every client is about preparation, knowledge, and hard work.
James was recently appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to serve as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Access to Justice Commission and also serves on the Ethics Board of Santa Fe County. James was previously a board member of the Veteran’s Advisory Board for the city of Santa Fe, and a commissioner for the utilities board for the city of Las Cruces.
In his free time James enjoys playing tennis, baseball, lifting weights, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”
– Favorite Quote of Lerner and Rowe –