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J. Michael Hayes

j-michael-hayes-injury-attorney-buffalo-nyJ. Michael Hayes, Personal Injury Lawyer, is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist* who has spent his entire legal career representing and helping victims of accidents and working to recover judgments in personal injury cases.

An experienced litigator, Hayes negotiates and takes to trial, where necessary, personal injury claims against insurance companies. He has been in private practice in Buffalo since his admission to the Bar in 1977, now leading a team of four in his firm, J. Michael Hayes Personal Injury Attorneys.

Hayes is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocates, and the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification as a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and as a Board Certified Civil Pre-Trial Specialist that require vigorous testing, recommendations and competence in the field of trial work, professionalism and ethics.

Hayes has authored books relating to legal issues in personal injury law and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo Law School where he teaches a course on Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents.

Hayes is a graduate of University at Buffalo Law School (1976) where he was honored with an award for excellence in the Senior Trial Technique Course. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Notre Dame and SUNY at Brockport, graduating Summa Cum Laude (1973).

Hayes is a former President of the Inns of Court, Buffalo Chapter, and is active in the Western Region Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association where he is currently Treasurer and has served as President. He is a former Director and a member of the New York State Trial Academy and is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Hayes is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and New York Super Lawyers. He was a Charter Member of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

*This statement is not granted by any governmental authority. The NBTA and NBLSC are the only nationally recognized bodies that certify trial attorneys and are considered to be the legal equivalent to medical Board Certification. 

National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and Board Certified Civil Pre-Trial Specialist
15 Years - Upstate New York SuperLawyer
2023 Upstate New York SuperLawyer
Best Wrongful Death Attorney in Buffalo 2024
Best Lawyers In America
Best Lawyers 2009-2010
Buffalo Spree 2007 - 2010
Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal 2007
The New York State Bar Association Speaker
Spring 2007
Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
LexisNexis 1990-2010
The Marquis Who's Who Publications Board
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American Board of Trial Advocates,the rank of Associate Plaque
September 21, 1996
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New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers Charter Member
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The 2001 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 85th Edition