Laura  - E. - Hayes

Laura E. Hayes

  • Member
  • Vice Chair, Litigation Department
Charleston, W.Va.
304.340.3886 - office
304.550.7394 - mobile

Education

  • West Virginia University, B.A. in History, 1993
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1996

Admissions

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Ms. Hayes' primary areas of practice are insurance litigation insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Representing insurance companies before numerous circuit courts throughout West Virginia
  • Counseling and advising insurance companies on matters concerning coverage issues, bad faith litigation, bodily injury and property damage cases, insured contracts and infant summary proceedings
  • Assisting in the defense of bad faith litigation against insurance companies arising out of various types of policies including, but not limited to: auto, life, disability, health, commercial general liability and homeowner’s policies
  • Representing plaintiffs in bodily injury and property damage litigation
  • Preparing and arguing cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Assisting in the defense of multi-million dollar employer liability cases (Mandolitis) involving catastrophic injuries and death
  • Assisting in bad faith and Unfair Trade Practices Act trials against insurance companies
  • Representing various health insurance companies in cases involving disputes over benefits, insurance policy terms and conditions
  • Representing various disability insurance companies in cases involving disputes over benefits, insurance policy terms and conditions
  • Representing various companies regarding the interpretation and application of insured contracts

Professional Affiliations and Distinctions

  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • West Virginia University Alumni Association
  • LinkedIn
  • WVU Ethel Roberts Memorial Award/Scholarship recipient
  • First Century Bank Ethel N. Bowen Foundation Scholarship recipient

Community Affiliations

  • Sacred Heart Grade School Fundraising Committee
  • Academy of Arts at January’s volunteer
  • Read Aloud volunteer for Sacred Heart Grade School
  • Blessed Sacrament Church volunteer
  • Board Member, Appalachian Children’s Chorus, 2015 - present
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