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Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Fort Wayne, IN

Hayes & Hayes
810 South Calhoun Street, 3rd Floor Eight Ten Building
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-420-1800
Fax: 260-420-1809
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in Indiana Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Hayes & Hayes was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1913; Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes provides representation to clients throughout the northeastern part of the state. He focuses his practice exclusively on family law matters, including divorce and related issues such as property division, child custody and visitation, alimony, and child support. Mr. Hayes is a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been certified as a specialist in family law by the Family Law Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association.  He has been a Board Member of the Indiana Family Law Certification Board since its inception.

A native of Indiana, Mr. Hayes received a Bachelor of Science from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1974. He then pursued his legal studies at what was then known as Thomas M. Cooley Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1979. Admitted to practice before all Indiana state courts, Mr. Hayes is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana, the United States Tax Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals for his high degree of ethics, Mr. Hayes received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating in 1992 and all successive year through Martindale-Hubbell and holds a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 1995.

Mr. Hayes continues to be an active participant in several legal organizations. He is a past chairman of the Family and Juvenile Section of the Indiana State Bar Association and has also been Chairman and a continuous member of the executive committee of the Allen County Bar Association, Family Law Section since 1990.  

He has continuously served the Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana community as the Chairman of the Allen County Public Defender Board since 2002 and has been a Board Member of the Fort Wayne - Allen County Airport Authority since 2002.


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

About Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes

First Admitted: 1980, Indiana

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Fellow - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Indiana Certified Family Law Specialist, ISBA Family Law Certification Board, 2002 – Present

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Instructor, Indiana Continuing Education Forum (I.C.L.E.F.), 1990 to Present


  • The Best Lawyers in America (Family Law) all editions, 1995 to Present
  • Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers, 2010 and 2011
  • Indiana Super Lawyer (Family Law) all editions
  • Indiana Top Rated Lawyers – all years
  • AV- Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 1992 – Present
  • Fort Wayne Top Lawyers, Fort Wayne Monthly

Educational Background

  • Indiana University – School of Business, Bloomington, Indiana, 1974

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Indiana Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1980
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Chairman, Family and Juvenile Section)
  • Board Member, Family and Juvenile Law Certification Board, 2002  to Present
  • Allen County Bar Association (Executive Committee Member and Current Officer, Family Law Section, 1992- Past Chairman)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1992 – Present
  • Board Member, Fort Wayne/Allen County Airport Authority, 2002 - Present
  • President, Allen County Public Defender Board, 2003 - Present
  • Present Chairman, ISBA Family Law and Juvenile Section
  • Board Member, ISBA Family Law Certification Board
  • Past Chairman, Allen County Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee
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Office Location for Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes

810 South Calhoun Street
3rd Floor Eight Ten Building
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone: 260-420-1800

Fax: 260-420-1809

Last Updated: 9/16/2021

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