Thomas F. Hayes
Judge

Summary


Tom is actively involved in the Franklin County community as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Alvis House, a community based treatment center with locations in Columbus and throughout the State of Ohio. Tom is devoted to transforming the lives of those that need a second chance in life. as a member of the Executive Committee, Tom remains committed to seeking solutions to the problems those with addictions, mental illness, and developmental disabilities face on a daily basis. Tom is also a member of the Grandview Heights School District business advisory council and is a member of numerous professional associations.

Experience

Tom worked for the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office after his graduation. He was already familiar with the office, having clerked in the office as a law student and having gained experience writing motions and interacting with families in crisis. As a lawyer with the PUblic Defender’s Office, Tom chose a career path that was singularly dedicated to serving others in need, in this case indigent clients who stood accused of a variety of serious crimes. After a term in the Franklin County Municipal Court, handling all aspects of misdemeanor cases from arraignment to trial to sentencing, Tom was quickly promoted to handle felony-level cases in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in 1994. It was in this role that he gained the technical skills of a seasoned litigator as well as the well-earned reputation throughout the courthouse as a diligent, industrious and creative attorney. Most importantly, Tom quickly developed into a relentless advocate for his clients, a trait that he has carried with him to this day.

After 13 years in the public sector, Tom went to the private practice of law in 2006; however, he continues to dedicate a substantial portion of his practice towards assisting indigent clients. Becoming a small business owner, Thomas gained an understanding of the challenges small businesses face in balancing competing missions. He also appears on behalf of clients in counties throughout Ohio, adding to the depth of his understanding of what works and does not work within our judicial system. Tom remains dedicated towards helping his clients achieve the best possible legal outcome while protection their rights and interests.

Education

Tom earned his bachelor of arts in Political Science with a Public Policy minor from Hartwick college in Oneonta, NY in 1990, and his law degree from Capital University in Columbus in 1993.

Family

As a father of three, Tom is an active and engaged parent who coaches youth hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams. Tom and his wife, Jennifer, a pediatric nurse practitioner, reside in Grandview with their children, Connor, Ronan, and Finn. The family belongs to Our Lady of Victory Church in Marble Cliff.

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