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ABOUT Christopher J. Hayes

As a partnering attorney with the Borowsky & Hayes LLP law firm in San Francisco, California, Christopher J. Hayes focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, commercial insurance litigation, securities litigation, real estate litigation, employment law, construction litigation, and personal injury litigation. Serving both commercial clients and private individuals throughout California, Mr. Hayes provides the high-quality, personalized attention his clients deserve in order to deliver the results they expect.

At the firm, Mr. Hayes has been instrumental in obtaining numerous successful verdicts on behalf of his clients. Of note, he helped secure almost $5 million in partial recovery for 60 named plaintiffs in an ongoing federal securities lawsuit, and he recovered $900,000 for a client in an insurance coverage action. Additionally, he has successfully represented numerous health care and legal professionals and employees in other industries with their workplace-related claims, including wrongful terminations, medical staff privilege suspensions, and more.

Mr. Hayes graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a degree in political science. He then attended University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1996. While in law school, he was the technical editor and served on the executive board for the Hastings Law Journal as well as on the Moot Court Board. Mr. Hayes is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeal, and California Superior Court; before the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Court of Appeal, and all other state and local courts in New York; the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Superior Court; all U.S. District Courts in California; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Hayes also serves as the Chancellor (outside general counsel) of The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, serving as legal advisor to the Bishop and senior governing bodies of the Diocese, which includes Grace Cathdral and some 80 other Episcopal churches in the Bay Area. Mr. Hayes also serves in several capacities at the church-wide level of The Episcopal Church.

Christopher Hayes has practiced with Borowsky & Hayes LLP and its predecessor firm, the Law Offices of Philip Borowsky, since 1996. Mr. Hayes has participated as co-counsel in most of the firm’s cases, including the following: establishing insurance coverage for an attorney sued for invasion of privacy; the trial to a substantial verdict, upheld on appeal, of a hospital manager’s claim for wrongful termination of employment; an ongoing federal securities lawsuit resulting in a partial recovery of nearly $5 million on behalf of more than 60 named plaintiffs; the trial of a physician’s claims for wrongful suspension of his medical staff privileges; and an insurance coverage action on behalf of a corporate client resulting in a trial verdict of $900,000, which was affirmed on appeal.

Mr. Hayes focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, securities litigation, employment litigation and counseling, commercial insurance litigation and coverage, civil writs and appeals, and personal injury litigation.

Mr. Hayes received an A.B. degree in Political Science from Stanford University in 1991, and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1996, where he served on the Moot Court Board and as Technical Editor and Member of the Executive Board of the Hastings Law Journal.

Mr. Hayes is a member of the State Bar of California, admitted to practice in the following courts:

• California Supreme Court and all trial and appellate courts in California

• United States District Court in all districts of California

• United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

• United States Supreme Court

Mr. Hayes’s community activities include service as a member of the Congregation Giving Commission, eucharistic minister, and catechist at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and during 2005-2006 as a member of the bishop search committee of the Episcopal Diocese of California.


Moot Court Board, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005, 2017 – 2020

Pro bono/Community Service:

• Episcopal Chancellors Network, Board of Directors

• The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, Chancellor

• Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

• American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, Board of Directors

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

• Author, 47 Hastings Law Journal 1593, Married Filing Jointly: Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages Under the Internal Revenue Code, 1996

• Technical Editor and Member, Executive Board of the Hastings Law Journal, Technical Editor and Member of the Executive Board of the Hastings Law Journal


• Madden v. Cowen & Co (9th Cir. 2009) 576 F.3d 957, 2014

• Madden v. Cowen & Co. (9th Cir. 2009) 576 F.3d 957, 2009

• Listrom v. Columbia-San Leandro Hospital, 1999

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