Vilia B. Hayes is Senior Pro Bono Counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, litigating pro bono cases in the areas of prisoner’s rights, voting rights, immigration family law, and housing among others. She is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee and supervises numerous pro bono matters in federal and state court. Previously, Ms. Hayes had 35 years of experience as a litigation associate and partner concentrating on product liability, insurance, bankruptcy, employment and commercial litigation, as well as counseling/and negotiations on employment law and insurance law.
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.).
Pro Bono representation in the Second Circuit of Appeals:
Joseph Emanuel Hechavarria v. Jefferson B. Sessions III, amicus counsel, No. 16-1380 (2017)
Richard Orlando Edwards v. Loretta Lynch, NO. 15-2815 (2015), application for withholding of removal granted on remand by the Immigration Judge, in re: Richard Orlando Edwards, A086-774-182
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)
Representation of prisoners in three cases pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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).
Working with Kids In Need of Defense – supervising associates and representing over 20 unaccompanied minors during the past five years.
Working with Her Justice-supervising associates representing over 50 women in uncontested divorces, as well as in contested divorce and child support proceedings.
In re: MF Global, Inc. – No. 11-02790-mg (Bank.SDNY) representation of SIPA, Trustee for the liquidation of MF Global Inc., including representation of 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 and in the resolution of major general creditor claims.
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 in New York, including removal and transfer of cases to the MDL and litigation of claims in NYS court.
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 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.
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.