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Hayes & Hayes is a Fort Wayne, Indiana Law Firm established in 1913.
Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes is an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer,
a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
and an Indiana Certified Family Law Specialist
as Certified by the Indiana Family Law Certification Board.
Recognized in Best Lawyers in America,
Indiana Super Lawyers
Indiana Top Rated Lawyers, Greater Fort Wayne Top Lawyers

The law firm is rated “AV Preeminent” and is ranked as a Tier 1 Family Law Firm in
U.S. News and World ReportBest Lawyers.


       Hayes & Hayes
Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes

  • Fellow – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers;
  • Indiana Certified Family Law Specialist – ISBA Family Law Certification Board;
  • Best Lawyers in America since 1995; and
  • Indiana Super Lawyer all years since inception.

Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes is a third generation Fort Wayne lawyer.  Since 1992 Mr. Hayes has been rated by his peers “AV Preeminent”, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.  In 1992 Mr. Hayes was designated a Fellow and inducted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He has been Certified as a Family Law Specialist, as certified by the Indiana Family Law Certification Board, since the inaugural year.  He is a Board member of the Indiana Family and Juvenile Certification Board and is the past Chairman of the Indiana State Bar Association Family and Juvenile Law Section. Since 1990 he has served continuously on the Executive Committee of the Allen County Bar Association – Family Law Section and is the past Chairman of the Family Law Section.  Mr. Hayes is also a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation.

In 1995 Mr. Hayes was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; he has been selected in all successive editions since.  In 2004 and in all following years, Mr. Hayes has been voted by his peers – Indiana Super Lawyer –   a designation which identifies him in the top 5% of all Indiana Lawyers.  In 2010 and 2011 Mr. Hayes was selected from among over 10,000 lawyers  as one of  Indiana’s “Top 50” Super Lawyers from the research and a blue ribbon review process conducted by Law & Politics and the publishers of the Indiana Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Hayes has been consistently designated a Fort Wayne Top Lawyer as published in Fort Wayne Monthly.  He is also ranked “10” on a scale of “1 to 10”  with a rating of  “Superb” from Avvo, a national rating service.

Mr. Hayes’ grandfather C. Byron Hayes was elected Allen County Prosecuting Attorney in 1932 and 1936.  His father, J. Byron Hayes, a former federal prosecutor, was elected Allen County Prosecutor in 1958. His son, Byron, is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for a Fortune 500 Company, overseeing global litigation.