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John Alvin Hay III

also known as John Hay

About Me

John A. Hay III, serves as managing partner the Austin based law firm of The Hay Legal Group PLLC. Mr. Hay focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate, real estate litigation, construction, development, mediation, finance and mortgage lending.


In addition to practicing law, Mr. Hay holds his Texas Escrow Officer’s License, and as a Fee Attorney for Independence Title Company handles the Firm’s commercial and residential real estate closings. As managing partner, Mr. Hay also oversees many of the day to day matters of the Firm and directly manages the title team.

Mr. Hay’s experience includes representing parties to commercial and residential transactions, general council work for real estate brokerages, representing real estate agents, drafting commercial and residential loan documents, real estate entities such as joint ventures, single asset entities, construction and development companies, property entitlement issues, title insurance claims, foreclosure, landlord/tenant matters, financial institutions, property tax protests, divorce proceedings and administrative matters.

Prior to forming The Hay Legal Group PLLC (fka Hay Darby PLLC/Hay Compere PLLC), Mr. Hay managed a residential mortgage company ranked in the Top 20 by the Austin Business Journal where he earned the NAMB Lending Integrity seal of approval and obtained the highest designation in the industry as a Certified Mortgage Consultant (CMC), and was one of roughly ten in Texas with this designation. Additionally, Mr. Hay held his real estate license and represented clients in both residential and commercial transactions.

Outside of the office Mr. Hay is very active in philanthropy donating countless hours and resources to various organizations. These include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Texas Appleseed, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Young Texans Against Cancer, Caritas, Big Hearts for Brave Hearts, Citizen Generation, and an organization he co-founded, Burnt Orange Benefit.

Representative Clients and Transactions

  • Represented $31MM multifamily development in Austin

  • Represented buyer of $30M+ office building in Central Texas

  • Represented real estate development in Houston to secure acquisition of neighboring property allowing for successful redevelopment of the property

  • Represented California bank on sale of foreclosed assets in Texas

  • Represented countless homeowners and real estate brokers in disputes

  • Represented many Texas chartered banks in real estate matters

  • Represented national mortgage banks in the areas of mortgage document, title and foreclosure matters

  • Represented Texas real estate investment group with $200M+ under management on all matters of real estate including leasing, document review, contract negotiation, tenant disputes and collections on their Texas assets

  • Represented Colorado multifamily real estate group in leasing and tenant matters for 700+ bed student housing and commercial property in Austin, Texas

  • Represented numerous real estate brokerages as general council

  • Represented mortgage loan officers in employment dispute with bank

  • Represented single asset entity in Austin with title insurance, bad faith and breach of contract claim

  • Represented clients in divorce and other family matters

  • Represented landowners in easement matters

  • Represented landowners in entitlement, zoning, land use and other matters

  • Represented homeowners on construction defect matters

  • Represented injured victim on construction defect matter

  • Represented numerous companies as general council

  • Represented renewable energy company in landowner disputes

  • Represented restaurant group on merger

  • Represented Austin cookie company on lease negotiations across Texas

  • Negotiated mortgage modification and foreclosure workouts for commercial and residential borrowers

  • Defended the largest title insurance company in the nation with Texas claims

  • Defended landlords on wrongful foreclosure actions

  • Defended construction companies in construction defect matters

  • Defended commercial and residential property owners, developers, and managers in real property disputes

  • Defended insurance companies in administrative actions

  • Provided insurance coverage opinions

  • Advised on statutory and regulatory compliance

  • Served as an expert witness for title insurance escrow procedures

  • Closed over 2,000 residential and commercial escrow transactions


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Practice Areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    5 years
  2. Construction & Development: 20%
    5 years
  3. Business: 20%
    5 years
  4. Family: 10%
    5 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • David Carl Courreges

    John has proven to be one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the real estate and mortgage industry in all of Austin -- both young and seasoned. His client relations skills are superior. He always puts the client's needs and goals first, and strives to make every transaction as comfortable and smooth as possible. In addition, John has invested himself deeply in the Austin community, and proves that day in and out with his work with various charities and community causes.


    David Courreges Government Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • No photo

    John and I have worked together for a number of years. He brings a unique perspective to his Real Estate Law practice as he has been a Mortgage Broker and a Real Estate Agent for the past several years. He has always represented his clients with the utmost integrity, has always had his clients' best interests at heart, and has always done a very fine job for the referrals I send his way.


    Joseph Sherman Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

The Hay Legal Group, PLLC

402 W 7th Street
Austin, TX, 78701


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200909/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Elected as a FellowTexas Bar Foundation2015
Winner - Austin Under 40 (Au40) Award for Real EstateYoung Men's Business League/Young Women’s Alliance2014
Austin Under 40 Awards (Au40) - Finalist - Real EstateYoung Men's Business League/Young Women’s Alliance2013
FAVE Award Winner for Professional ServicesAustin Young Chamber2012
Austin Under 40 Awards (Au40) - Nominee - Real EstateYoung Men's Business League/Young Women’s Alliance2012
Austin Under 40 Awards (Au40) - Nominee - Real EstateYoung Men's Business League/Young Women’s Alliance2011
FAVE Award Finalist for Real EstateAustin Young Chamber2011
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing Partner & Escrow OfficerThe Hay Legal Group PLLC (fka Hay Darby PLLC / Hay Compere PLLC)2010 - Present
Mortgage Broker - Founding PartnerLevel Funding LLC2007 - 2010
RealtorResident Realty LLC2007 - 2010
Mortgage BrokerWorld Capital Mortgage2003 - 2007
COO - Co-FounderLink 18, Inc2000 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
TLTA PACAppointed Board Member2015 - Present
Building and Standards Commission - AppointeeCity of Austin2015 - Present
Real Estate Council of AustinBoard Member2013 - Present
The University of Texas School of Law Alumni AssociationBoard Member2013 - Present
Texas Land Title AssociationMember2012 - Present
Urban Land InstituteMember2012 - Present
Burnt Orange BenefitFounding Member2011 - Present
Austin Mortgage Bankers AssociationAdvisory Board2011 - Present
Texas Association of RealtorsAffiliate Member2010 - Present
The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyMan of the Year Finalist2010 - 2010
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Lone Stars & Angels GalaChairman2010 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
STJK Property, L.P. v. Fidelity National Title et alSettlement
Julius J. Manno v. BAC Home Loans Servicing LP et alSettlement
KIoac v. NationstarFinal
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Publication NameTitleDate
Austin Man MagazineHow to Fight Your Property Taxes2012
Austin Man MagazineBasics of Premarital Agreements2012
Austin Man MagazineWhy a Will2011
Austin Man MagazineBasics of Limited Liability Companies2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University Of TexasGovernment; Minor Business FoundationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Quarterly Team MeetingMortgage Questions Roundtable2014
Coffee & Conversation - April 2014How to Win a Deal in a Hot Market2014
BOLD TrainingQuit Hitting Legal Notes Relating to Real Estate2013
Water Law PresentationIs someone drinking my milkshake?2011