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Rudjard Melvin Hayes

Rudjard Melvin Hayes

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury

About Me

Rudjard M. Hayes is a Partner at Sanchez Hayes & Associates, LLC, where he heads up the firm’s criminal section, civil litigation section and co-chairs the domestic section. Mr. Hayes previously worked as a Senior Assistant District Attorney (“ADA”) in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. He also formerly served as a Senior ADA in the Coweta Judicial Circuit. In 2007, Mr. Hayes became a partner at Sanchez Hayes & Associates, LLC located in Tyrone, Georgia. Mr. Hayes devotes a substantial portion of his practice to criminal defense where he represents those accused of committing one or more criminal offense in city, state, superior or federal court. Mr. Hayes also represents civil litigants in a variety of matters ranging from complex business transactions, family law issues, contract disputes, and various employment issues. Mr. Hayes represents both civil and criminal clients in municipal, state, superior and federal courts. Mr. Hayes has tried hundreds of criminal felony and misdemeanor jury trials and countless civil trials in all courts.


Mr. Hayes received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the College of Law at Georgia State University and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1996.


Mr. Hayes is an active member of the community. In 2005, Mr. Hayes began a Mock Trial Team at his son’s high school. In 2006, he began working as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University (GSU), where he coached the Georgia State University Mock Trial Team until 2012. From September 2008 until April 2009 Mr. Hayes also taught as an adjunct professor at Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, GA. He was responsible for developing and coaching Mercer’s Mock Trial Teams. One of Mercer’s teams, coached by Mr. Hayes, won a national championship at the ABA National Criminal Justice Trail Advocacy Competition in Chicago. Mr. Hayes’ commitment to the community and the legal profession was recognized when, in 2008, he was awarded the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. Mr. Hayes is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Hayes has acted as a mentor to new attorneys in Georgia. Mr. Hayes has also acted as a judge for numerous national mock trial competitions.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
  3. Employment & Labor: 15%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Travis Ashley Newton

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Travis Newton DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Donald James Kilfin

    I met Rudjard Hayes after relocating from Tampa to Peachtree City last year. Rudjard has a sterling reputation in the legal community as a highly skilled trial attorney. I have always been impressed with his courtroom demeanor and knowledge of Georgia Law. Mr. Hayes' clients are very fortunate to have him advocating on their behalf. I highly endorse this lawyer.


    Donald Kilfin Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Building 600, Suite 620
1015 Tyrone Road
Tyrone, GA, 30290



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199608/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorGeorgia State University School Of Law2009 - 2015
Assistant District AttorneyGriffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office2008 - 2009
PartnerSanchez Hayes & Associates, LLC2007 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyCoweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLAWJD - Juris Doctor1995