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Jeffrey Brett Hayden

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A solo practitioner, Jeffrey B. Hayden represents the residents of the Bay Area in California, which includes the cities in the metro areas of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. He focuses his practice on criminal defense, and juvenile offenses.
In 1986, Mr. Hayden graduated UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. He then attended USC, Gould School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 1989.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Hayden clerked for United States District Court Judges Robert P. Aguilar and James Ware before leaving for Los Angeles to work in the Los Angeles County Public Defender, defending people accused of breaking the law. During that time, he worked on cases ranging from petty theft to homicide, in both adult and juvenile court, learning the tactics and methods used to protect the accused from suffering wrongful or excessive convictions. He then returned to his native San Mateo County, defending individuals throughout the Bay Area; over the last 17 years, he has represented people in thousands criminal matters, and has tried hundreds of cases with and without a jury. 
By appointment of the Board of Governors, Mr. Hayden served on, and later chaired, the Criminal Law Advisory Commission; he now serves as vice-chair of the California Board of Legal Specialization. Well known within San Mateo County and beyond, Mr. Hayden serves as President of the San Mateo County Bar Association, President-elect of the Rotary Club of Redwood City and Chair-elect of the Conference of California Bar Associations. 
A California State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, Mr. Hayden’s excellent legal skills and adherence to ethics has earned him a place in Super Lawyers in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2015, as well as San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has earned a rating of 10.0 out of 10.0 at, and the highest possible rating of AV-Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell. 
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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    22 years, 4.5 thousand cases
  2. Juvenile: 30%
    21 years, 2 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Philip Stephen Barnett

    I endorse this lawyer. A very effective advocate for his clients.


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  • Kara Rachel Weisman

    I highly recommend Jeffrey Hayden for your criminal case. I often go to Jeffrey as a mentor for criminal matters, especially for San Mateo cases. He always impresses me with his high energy, passion for the law, and wisdom that is at his fingerprints. If you have Mr. Hayden, you are undoubtedly in good hands!


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Contact info

Jeffrey B. Hayden

600 Allerton St., Suite 201
Redwood City, CA, 94063-1575


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2005
Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2004
Criminal Law Certified SpecialistBoard of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California2001
A-V RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Offices of Jeffrey B. Hayden1997 - Present
Deputy Public DefenderLos Angeles County Public Defender1993 - 1997
N/AUnited States District Court1990 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Mateo County Bar AssociationPresident2015 - 2015
Conference of California Bar AssociationsSecretary2014 - 2015
San Mateo County Bar AssociationVice-President2014 - Present
Conference of California Bar AssociationsSecretary2013 - 2014
Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of CaliforniaChairman2011 - 2012
Criminal Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of CaliforniaMember; Chair 2011-20122008 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember, Board of Directors2008 - Present
Conference of Delegates of California Bar AssociationsMember, Board of Directors2007 - Present
Conference of Delegates of California Bar AssociationsDelegate2000 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. D.K.Marijuana Charges trafficking charges dismissed
People v. J.T. Treatment, not prison
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Publication nameTitleDate
The RecorderMobile Devices Fair Game for Police Searches2011
The RecorderRevisiting the Three Strikes law2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of California - Santa CruzN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KALW Radio: Your Legal RightsThree Strikes Law2012
KALW Radio: Call a LawyerRecent Decisions of the State and U.S. Supreme Courts2012
KALW Radio: Your Legal RightsConstitutional Decisions2011
KALW Radio: Your Legal RightsGun Control2010