Attorney Hayes represents clients, including self-insured corporations and municipalities, in both state and federal district courts. He has extensive experience in the defense of attorney, accountant, insurance broker, and architectural malpractice cases and has tried notable complex professional liability cases to verdict. His reported Connecticut Appellate Court decision of Pearl v. Nelson, 13 Conn. App. 170, established historical precedent for the requirement of expert testimony in a legal malpractice action. In his civil defense practice, he actively represents and counsels insurance carriers and self-insured corporations in the alternate dispute resolution process including arbitrations and mediations. In addition, he has been frequently asked to serve as both a mediator and arbitrator in alternate dispute resolution proceedings. Attorney Hayes recognizes the importance of achieving cost-effective resolutions and works very closely with clients in developing appropriate legal strategies designed to achieve the client’s litigation goals. Attorney Hayes joined O’Connell, Attmore & Miller after 30 years of practice with Skelley Rottner P.C. where he served as managing partner from 1998-2007. Attorney Hayes’ past civic and professional involvement includes service on the Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan YMCA of Greater Hartford and also as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the West Hartford YMCA. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Hartford. He is also a past member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics and is a former member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inns of Court. Attorney Hayes presently serves on the Advisory Board for the Paralegal Studies Program at Lincoln University. Attorney Hayes obtained his B.A. with Honors in History from Hobart College where he was captain of the varsity tennis team. He obtained his J.D. from the Western New England University School of Law while working as a Senior Claim Representative for the Aetna Casualty and Surety Claim Department in Hartford.