Hayes is a 2002 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and earned his J.D. in 2005 from Campbell University. Hayes practices with his father, Garrett Ludlum, with offices in Warsaw and Clinton. Though Ludlum Law Firm is a general practice firm, 70 percent of Hayes' practice is dedicated to criminal defense. Hayes handles all types of felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases in Duplin County and Sampson County. In addition, Hayes is a member of the Federal CJA panel for the Eastern District of North Carolina and is admitted to all three North Carolina Federal District Courts. Hayes has served the Fourth Judicial District Bar as Vice President (2007-2008) and President (2008-2009). A small portion of Hayes' practice is devoted to general civil litigation and municipal law. Ludlum Law Firm represents four municipalities in Duplin County.
In November 2012, Hayes was certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in State Criminal Law.
Admitted 2005, North Carolina