Christopher J. Hayes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Borowsky & Hayes LLP
 | 101 Mission Street, Suite 1640
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-263-9575
Fax: 415-896-0600
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005, 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German,
  • French
    Attorney Profile

    As a partnering attorney with the Borowsky & Hayes LLP law firm in San Francisco, California, Christopher J. Hayes focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, commercial insurance litigation, securities litigation, real estate litigation, employment law, construction litigation, and personal injury litigation. Serving both commercial clients and private individuals throughout California, Mr. Hayes provides the high-quality, personalized attention his clients deserve in order to deliver the results they expect.

    At the firm, Mr. Hayes has been instrumental in obtaining numerous successful verdicts on behalf of his clients. Of note, he helped secure almost $5 million in partial recovery for 60 named plaintiffs in an ongoing federal securities lawsuit, and he recovered $900,000 for a client in an insurance coverage action. Additionally, he has successfully represented numerous health care and legal professionals and employees in other industries with their workplace-related claims, including wrongful terminations, medical staff privilege suspensions, and more.

    Mr. Hayes graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a degree in political science. He then attended University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1996. While in law school, he was the technical editor and served on the executive board for the Hastings Law Journal as well as on the Moot Court Board.

    Mr. Hayes is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeal, and California Superior Court; before the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Court of Appeal, and all other state and local courts in New York; the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court; all U.S. District Courts in California; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Mr. Hayes also serves as the Chancellor (outside general counsel) of The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, serving as legal advisor to the Bishop and senior governing bodies of the Diocese, which includes Grace Cathdral and some 80 other Episcopal churches in the Bay Area. Mr. Hayes also serves in several capacities at the church-wide level of The Episcopal Church.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Business Litigation
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 20%Insurance Coverage
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2005, 2017 - 2020

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    About Christopher Hayes

    Admitted: 1996, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Moot Court Board, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • California Supreme Court, 1996
    • New York Bar (New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division), 2019
    • District of Columbia Bar (District of Columbia Court of Appeals), 2018
    • State Bar of California, 1996
    • United States Supreme Court, 2005
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996
    • Appellate courts in California, 1996
    • United States District Court in Northern District of California, 1996
    • United States District Court in Central District of California, 1998
    • United States District Court in Southern District of California, 1999
    • United States District Court in Eastern District of California, 2000

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Episcopal Chancellors Network, Board of Directors
    • The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, Chancellor
    • Grace Cathedral in San Francisco
    • American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, Board of Directors

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


    • Madden v. Cowen & Co (9th Cir. 2009) 576 F.3d 957, 2014
    • Madden v. Cowen & Co. (9th Cir. 2009) 576 F.3d 957, 2009
    • Listrom v. Columbia-San Leandro Hospital, 1999

    Educational Background:

    • Stanford University, A.B., Majors: Political Science, Minor: Physics, 1991

    Industry Groups

    • Churches
    • Health Care
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    Office Location for Christopher J. Hayes

    101 Mission Street
    Suite 1640
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Phone: 415-263-9575

    Fax: 415-896-0600

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    Last Updated: 7/7/2020

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