Vilia B. Hayes was a litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where she concentrated on product liability, insurance, bankruptcy, employment and commercial litigation. She has represented major companies in litigation throughout the United States in federal and state courts, involving employment discrimination and wage and hour claims, insurance coverage disputes, product liability claims including pharmaceutical products, welding rods and asbestos, and financial and bankruptcy matters. A significant part of Vilia's practice involves counseling/and negotiations on employment law and insurance law. She is also Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and supervises numerous pro bono matters in federal and state court.
Law clerk to Honorable Charles L. Brieant, United States district judge, Southern District of New York, 1980 – 1981
President of Federal Bar Council, former Treasurer and Chair of Committee on Second Circuit Courts
Board of Trustees, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Board of Directors, Legal Momentum
Board of Directors, JALBCA
Board of Directors, Legal Services NYC (2010-2016)
EDNY Mediation Panel
Pro Bono Panel, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Board of Directors – VOLS (2008-2016)
Director, Fordham Law Review Alumni Association
Board of Directors of New York County Lawyers Association from 2002 to 2014; Chair of Audit Committee 2012 to 2014
Chair of Litigation Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2004-2007
United States District Courts for Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit and DC Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Counsel for Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Inc., Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Inc. and Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda, Inc. in action against Secretary of State of Georgia challenging cancellation of voter registrations (Civil Action No 2:16-cv-219 (WCD) (ND.Ga.).
In re: MF Global, Inc. – No. 11-02790-mg (Bank.SDNY) representation of SIPA, Trustee for the liquidation of MF Global Inc., representing the Trustee in the investigation of the events leading to a shortfall of customer property at MF Global Inc., and in preparation of the report on the reasons for the firm’s collapse in the resolution of major general creditor claims and in various insurance matters.
National coordinating counsel for ALSTOM in asbestos litigation, coordinating discovery and motion practice and achieving dismissal without payment of thousands of claims in multiple jurisdictions.
Representation of Merck & Co, Inc. in VIOXX® litigation in all cases filed inNew York, including removal and transfer of cases to the MDL and litigation of claims in NYS court.
Pro Bono representation in the Second Circuit of Appeals:
Vikram Jeet Singh v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., No. 10-5191 (2014).
Darnell Greathouse v. KHS Security Inc., No. 12-4521 (2013).
Aurel Smith v. Dale Artus, No. 11-4186 (2013).
Michael Jones v. Joseph Smith, No. 12-401-pr (2012).
Bottom v. Pataki et al, No. 06-02988 (2010).
Jose Hernandez v. Kevin R. Coffey (2008).
Xiu Qin Lin v. Alberto Gonzalez 04-2009 (2007).
Margaret Nunex v. Michael J. Astrue 07-218CV (2007).
Colaianni v. INS 05-3384 (2006).
Amicus brief on behalf of the ARC of South Carolina, Able SC, SCAAIDD and Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. in the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina. (Simmons v. State CA No. 05-CP-18-1368).
Representation of employer in Welding Rod litigation dismissed by plaintiffs prior to trial.
Pereira, as Chapter 11 Trustee v. Marshall & Sterling, Inc. Representation of insurance broker in successful appeal to federal court from over $20 million adverse determination in Bankruptcy Court.
Representation of lenders in New York state court litigation to recover on loan agreements and guarantees.
Representation of manufacturer in arbitration proceeding based on wrongful termination of a distributor.
Defense of discrimination claims based on sex, age, and national origin in state and federal courts.
Defense of bank in Fair Labor Standard Act action in federal court.
Representation of insurance company in coverage disputes arising from fiber-optic cable claims, breast implants and TMJ implants.
Representation of software vendor in breach of contract actions in federal court and arbitration.
Administrative proceedings at State Division of Human Rights and New York City Commission of Human Rights.
In re San Juan Dupont Plaza Fire Litigation, MDL 721 (D.P.R.)—Representation of Collins & Aikman Corporation on claims arising out of the fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel.
Representation of Skopbank in class actions involving claims of consumer fraud in federal and state courts in Illinois, Alabama and Maryland.