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Justin Hood Hayes

Family Attorney at Decatur, GA

4.7   9 reviews

also known as Justin H. Hayes, Justin Hayes

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1998
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Justin Hood Hayes
496 Medlock Road
Decatur, GA, 30030

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Posted by DS | September 15, 2015
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Great family lawyer
I was referred to Justin by a close friend who knew some of the unique challenges in my divorce. From the moment I spoke with Justin for the initial consultation, I knew had trusted counsel in my corner. Justin understood the challenges I was facing as my long term marriage with young children was coming to an end and facing an uncertain time. Despite all the personal struggles facing my ex-wife and me, Justin navigated those issues with ease and never let me give away, or ask for too much- always getting to a fair compromise. Throughout the ups and downs of the process, I knew I was getting the best advice to help me confidently make some of the most difficult decisions I've ever made.
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Posted by Dianna | September 9, 2014
Hayes handled my divorce with skill and care
I highly recommend Justin Hayes. He represented me in a long and difficult divorce where my ex sued for full custody of our two small children. Justin was not only knowledgeable of the law, but steadfast in his advocacy for me and my children. Every step of the way, he listened to my concerns, advised me wisely, and took time to explain things to me. Whenever I felt panicky or impatient, he counseled calm and patience. He answered my questions quickly and completely. He made himself available, and I never had to wonder what was going on with my case. When we went before the judge, I felt completely prepared - there were no surprises. And Justin seemed to know instinctively just when to bring out the facts that turned the case completely in my favor. I walked out of that courtroom with everything that I had asked for.
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Posted by David | August 13, 2014
Testimonial for Justin H. Hayes
“Justin Hayes became my divorce lawyer on short notice. I had been in a collaborative divorce process for some six months when the process collapsed. When this happened I was due to leave the country in less than one week to be gone for 6 months with my employment. I had to find a lawyer fast. Mr. Hayes was recommended by my collaborative lawyer. I was able to arrange a meeting with him on short notice, and at the end of the meeting, which was conducted in a very thorough and professional manner, Mr. Hayes took my case. What followed was a 3 and ½ year saga, most of it occurring while I was out of the country, some 10,000 miles away. Much of the work in preparing for the case had to be conducted long distance (mostly by email) but Mr. Hayes guided me through the steps expertly. When I returned to the U.S. for brief periods, Mr. Hayes made time for me and helped me plan out the next steps. His advice and counsel were always on target. When the court date was set, it conflicted with my employment overseas. Mr. Hayes negotiated a new court date, allowing me to meet my commitment. Key to avoiding a trial was a mediation session encouraged by Mr. Hayes, and presided over by a person highly recommended by him. The session, during which I followed guidance provided by Mr. Hayes, led to an agreement that avoided having to go to trial and resolved my case in its entirety. The court session itself was uneventful and I walked out of Court with a feeling of great relief. Throughout the entire process Mr Hayes was very professional and effective. He clearly commanded the respect of his colleagues and the Court. Important to me, he never once suggested any legal activities that were unnecessary. He could have but did not. With my long-distance participation in the process, I was vulnerable. It is easy for me to unreservedly recommend Mr. Hayes as a divorce lawyer. His clients can be assured that they are receiving legal advice, guidance and support that is as good as any in the State of Georgia.” --D.B.
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Posted by MTH | August 11, 2014
Highest Recommendation for Justin Hayes
I came to Justin Hayes to help me navigate the end of a 30-year marriage. I had an agreement in principle with my wife to negotiate rather than litigate, but that agreement was in peril every minute until Justin obtained her final signoff. A court fight would have been disastrous. I needed a lawyer who could craft and negotiate an agreement fair to both parties and protective of me, all the while standing ready to fight in court if necessary. That’s exactly what I got with Justin. He convinced my ex-wife and her lawyer to sign the agreement as he drafted it. Making that more difficult was the fact that he also had to convince them to agree to Georgia jurisdiction, as we never lived in Georgia together. He was able to get the agreement not only because of his persuasive expertise, logic and fairness, but also because she and her lawyer could tell what kind of a fight they would face if we could not agree. I owe the attorney who recommended Justin a giant thank you – Justin always kept his eye on my interests with close attention to detail.
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Posted by Mandi | April 30, 2014
Justin Hayes..... Truly the BEST of the BEST!!!
Justin was AMAZING!!! He was so helpful and so supportive of what I was going through. If I were to EVER need another lawyer, he is the ONLY one I would call! I would recommend him to ANYONE that is looking for an honest, diligent, trustworthy, kind, knowledgeable, eager, hard-working, involved, respectful person who will fight for you and has your best interest at heart!!
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 30, 2014
The Right Choice: Justin Hayes
Justin's expertise and professionalism marked by his dedication and unwillingness to compromise my goals and what was right for me as his client made me feel secure and confident as I dealt with my divorce. As one might feel vulnerable entering a process where there are many unknowns, Justin Hayes offered me a feeling of protection and expertise that was invaluable during this process. His representation meant I was in hands that were respected by all in the field, were dedicated to me as a client, and were determined to accomplish the outcomes of my case. I could not be more thankful that I was represented by Justin as his success in my case has led me to move forward with closure and every happiness.
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Posted by Paul | April 29, 2014
Great Attorney
“I was referred to Justin by a well know attorney. Justin first advised me on the difficult process of having my teenage son living with me after my divorce. Justin gave me sound, insightful, and realistic advice. He did not waste my time, was professional, and did not generate unnecessary fees in my case. After that experience, the choice was clear to return to Justin to assist me in a Contempt action involving child support and expenses against my ex a few years later. My case was highly contentious and we went to Court on more than one occasion. I witnessed an extremely articulate and well maneuvering attorney guide his way through the proceedings. As you can imagine, the Judge ruled in our favor and also ordered my ex to pay my legal fees. This effective representation has allowed me to continue the last 2 years with not one more incident arising from my ex, as I believe that no one wants to be on the opposite side of a highly efficient and effective lawyer. I highly recommend Justin Hayes. A satisfied client, Paul
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Posted by Jenny | April 29, 2014
Wonderful Lawyer for Difficult Custody Case
In 2010, I was recommended Justin Hayes for my difficult custody case resulting from an ugly divorce. Justin gave very practical advice, while maintaining an emotional sensitivity about the case. Throughout the lengthy case he kept me up-to-date with information, progress and hearings. If he was not immediately available for my questions or concerns, he would respond back in a timely manner. At the end of the case, I received the results that I originally wanted and was very pleased with the manner Justin handled my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2014
Not recommended
Mr. Hayes represented me in a contentious child custody case. I found him to be more interested in his future relationship with the other attorney's involved than my interest in my fight for time with my child. He accepted my requirement to discuss all issues with me before making any agreements or commitments on my behalf. He did not do this. He would not allow me to tell the truth about my ex at the hearing. He sought to protect her reputation beyond my need to get the truth on the record. He does not feel obligated to communicate his reasoning but chooses to bully his client if questioned. Mr. Hayes is not trustworthy and does not take responsibility for his actions or lack there of.
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  • University of Georgia
  • law
  • 1998


  • DeKalb Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
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  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
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  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
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  • DeKalb Bar Association, Family Law Section
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  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Georgia Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Georgia Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Georgia Risiing Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Justin and I have had multiple cases together as opposing counsel. He is always very reasonable to work with. Even though family law cases can be contentious at times, Justin always maintains a high level of professionalism throughout a case."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Justin is a very experienced attorney who obtains positive results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is on my 'go to' list to refer clients who are in need of either family or criminal representation."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Justin does a great job. I have referred him several clients and they have always been pleased with his work. I highly recommend Justin. Rob Katz"
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is an excellent attorney who keeps the wants of his clients in the forefront when representing them. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Justin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is an committed and insightful advocate, a sharp legal mind, and an amiable colleague. He is highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Justin is a devoted advocate for his client. He is a conscientious attorney who works diligently in and out of court to negotiate a favorable settlement for his client. I highly endorse him."
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Decatur Family Lawyer Justin Hood Hayes
Justin Hood Hayes
Family Attorney
Decatur, GA
Licensed for 25 years