Patrick Hayes is of counsel to the Firm after an illustrious 25 year career with the FBI. During the last four years of his FBI tenure, he was selected to serve as the Chief Division Counsel (CDC) for the Los Angeles Field Office (LAFO) of the FBI covering the Central District of California-the largest and most populated Federal District in the United States. He also served as the Program Manager for the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the District’s Civil Liberty’s Officer and the Integrity and Compliance Officer. As the CDC, Mr. Hayes supervised a staff of attorneys, paralegals, Special Agents and administrative assistants. In that capacity, he was responsible for providing legal advice to 735 Agents and 700 support employees on matters involving investigations, personnel and labor issues, administrative matters, facilities, and professional ethics. As the Compliance Officer, he was responsible for auditing all operations and identifying areas of concern for inspection.
Mr. Hayes was also selected to supervise the FBI’s Counter-Terrorism Extraterritorial Squad in the LAFO with responsibility for the Pacific Rim. This unit responds to acts of terrorism targeting Americans and American interests with an area of responsibility covering one-fourth of the planet. As such, he traveled internationally and domestically to coordinate counter-terrorism investigations with multiple divisions within the United Sates Department of Justice and foreign governments.
From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Hayes was selected to serve as the FBI Program Manager for the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) based in Bucharest, Romania. During that time period, he resided in Belgrade, Serbia, coordinating all SECI counter organized crime and counter-terrorism operations in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.
From 2003 to 2004, he was selected to supervise the LAFO’s Fraud Against the Government Program, bankruptcy fraud, environmental crimes and anti-trust investigations. Mr. Hayes established and maintained strong liaison with stakeholders in the defense industry, federal, state and local prosecutors, coordinated joint investigations, and worked to improve overall best practices with respect to defense industry security.
Between 2000 and 2003, he was selected to the position of Assistant FBI Legal Attaché for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Belarus. After 9/11, he was selected to serve as the Acting Legal Attaché in the Baltic countries, Switzerland, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. In his capacity as a Legal Attaché he was responsible for liaison, investigations, training, technical assistance and representation of the FBI and the national security interests of the United States. He developed and maintained strong liaison with respective embassy communities and country teams resulting in the positive development of FBI relationships with regional authorities, intelligence units, the financial and business communities and security police responsible for counter-terrorism and national security.
During 1993 through 2000, Mr. Hayes investigated major frauds focusing on federally insured financial institutions. He developed and supervised a highly successful mortgage fraud initiative. He also became an FBI certified domestic and foreign police instructor.
From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Hayes was assigned to the Denver Division of the FBI working organized crime, public corruption and major financial institution fraud. He served as the Principal Legal Advisor and Informant Coordinator while in Denver.
Mr. Hayes is the recipient of numerous FBI awards and professional recognition from other federal law enforcement agencies. He was twice nominated for the FBI Directors Award for Excellence in Investigations.
Mr. Hayes received his undergraduate degree in 1976 from San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration. He received his Juris Doctorate from Western State University, San Diego, California in 1980. He is a member of the FBI Agents Association and the Society of Former FBI Special Agents.
Mr. Hayes has been a guest lecturer at Pepperdine Law School, UCLA Law School, USC Law School, California State University Northridge, and Denver University Law School. He has also spoken extensively before numerous professional associations in the United States and Europe, and was a lecturer on professional ethics at the Estonian Business School and the FBI’s International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest.