Stephanie J. Hayes

Stephanie J. Hayes joined Hughes Gill Cochrane in 2008. Before joining the firm, Ms. Hayes spent 13 years representing homeowners associations and other clients in a wide variety of corporate and real estate matters, including commercial loan transactions. Much of Ms. Hayes’ practice involves advising boards of directors and managers of senior housing communities on the varied and unique issues affecting their developments. That work includes drafting, amending and interpreting governing documents and policies, as well as interfacing with governmental agencies.

Educational History

Ms. Hayes received her Juris Doctor, with distinction, in 1981 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, where she served as a member of the school’s Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, with honors, in Political Science, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bar Memberships

Ms. Hayes is licensed to practice in the states of California and Illinois as well as before several federal courts in California, Illinois and Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, where she sits on the Senior Housing and Assisted Living Committee. She is a member of the State Bar of California Real Property Law Section. She is also a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association where she sits on the Elder Law Committee.

Industry and Volunteer Organizations

Ms. Hayes serves on the East Bay Resource Panel and Legal Resource Panel of the Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO). She is an instructor with the California Association of Community Managers (CACM). She is also a frequent speaker before community association groups, including ECHO and the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

Ms. Hayes is on the Board of Directors of Contra Costa Senior Legal Services, a nonprofit organization based in Richmond, California which provides free legal assistance to low income seniors in Contra Costa County. She also works as a Volunteer Attorney for Legal Assistance for Seniors, which is headquartered in Oakland, California and represents seniors in need in the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. In 2009, Ms. Hayes received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California for her volunteer service at Legal Assistance for Seniors.