Hayley is a member of the Hospital Defense team with particular focus on Behavioral Health and investigating claims of medical negligence. She routinely manages involuntary detentions and court-mandated treatments for psychiatric patients within two of St. Louis’ largest healthcare systems, and she has conducted over 100 contested hearings before Probate Courts in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and Crawford County. Her in-depth knowledge of patients’ rights and regulatory compliance allows her to advise clients on matters involving consent, discharge planning, patient safety, HIPAA and general hospital operations. She has twice been recruited to serve as “outside general counsel” to hospital systems during periods of transition, spending time embedded with in-house risk and legal departments.
Hayley also has significant experience in defending long-term care and senior living facilities against medical negligence claims, and she has successfully represented health care professionals with diverse specialties in disciplinary actions before the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Additionally, Hayley frequently defends and counsels companies involved in personal injury and premises liability actions.
Outside of the office, Hayley enjoys running with her dog and riding the Peloton.
J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, cum laude
While in law school, Hayley served as a staff member and editor on the Saint Louis University Law Journal and also served as a faculty fellow and a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing. Additionally, Hayley played an active role in representing clients within SLU Law’s Civil Litigation Clinic, and she earned the Academic Excellence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Business Law, Southeast Missouri State University, summa cum laude
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Co-author, “Do Enhanced-Injury Crashworthiness Cases Filed in Missouri Mean Enhanced Liability for Product Manufacturers?,” International Association of Defense Counsel Committee Newsletter (2019)