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Jeffrey Brett Hayden

About Jeffrey 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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