Laura W. Hays

Laura W. Hays, AttorneyLaura graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1987. She received her undergraduate degree from The Penn State University in 1984. She recently earned a Masters of Arts in Writing from National University.

Prior to moving to Virginia, Laura worked for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Nationwide Insurance Company and Apple Vacations as in-house counsel. In these positions, she tried to verdict numerous jury trials, hundreds of arbitrations and argued cases before the Appellate Courts in Pennsylvania. Several of her cases established favorable case law for the insurance companies regarding the Limited Tort Option which was enacted in Pennsylvania while she was working for Nationwide Insurance Company.

Laura lived in Arizona where she became a member of the Arizona bar and the Ninth Circuit Court. While living in Arizona, Laura worked for Hartford Insurance Company handling insurance defense cases, which included product liability, automobile accidents, slip and falls and worker’s compensation claims. At Hartford, she successfully argued and created new case law that gave her client immunity, which dismissed it from a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Laura moved to Virginia in 2005 where she became a member of all state and federal courts in Virginia. She recently worked for Nationwide Insurance Company handling insurance defense cases and worker’s compensation claims. While at Nationwide, she tried to verdict several jury trials, handled arbitrations, attended mediations and conducted case evaluations.

Laura is a member of the Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Arizona bars along with the U.S. District Courts of Virginia and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Writer’s Program. She has been approved and appointed to act as a Guardian ad Litem for Children for all courts in Virginia.

When not practicing law, Laura has enjoyed coaching high school field hockey and lacrosse. Laura lives with her husband on a farm South of Richmond and enjoys gardening, traveling, painting, and playing tennis.

Specialties
  • Liability Defense
  • Auto Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • E&O Liability

 

Membership

Laura is a member of the Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Arizona bars along with the U.S. District Courts of Virginia and Pennsylvania.