Perspectiva General

Chris Hayes represents and counsels employers of all types and sizes. 

Before joining Littler, Chris was an associate in the commercial litigation practice group of a global law firm. His practice encompassed complex federal class actions, high-stakes contract disputes, and commercial arbitrations. Previously, Chris was a four-year term judicial clerk for the Hon. Thomas J. Whelan, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. In that capacity, Chris independently researched in some of the most challenging fields of federal practice, including employment and business litigation. 

During law school, Chris was an articles editor for San Diego Law Review and magister (president) of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. He completed three externships in U.S. District Court, for District Judge M. James Lorenz and Judge Whelan, and served as an intern for the Center for Public Interest Law. 

During his undergraduate career at Stanford, Chris received the Community Writing Project Award. He spent a year studying at Oxford and completed an independent study program with a Jones Lecturer.



Order of the Coif

Awarded, Best Presentation

Welsh Inn of Court


Named, Outstanding Contributor to the California Regulatory Law Reporter


Recipient, Dean’s Honor Scholarship

University of San Diego School of Law

Recipient, Student Leader Scholarship

University of San Diego School of Law

Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Awards

Corporations, Remedies, Pretrial Practice, and Public Interest Law & Practice

University of San Diego School of Law

News, Analysis & Press

Cartel Control of Attorney Licensure and the Public Interest

8 British Journal of American Legal Studies



  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2015magna cum laude
  • B.A., Stanford University, 2011

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California