Attorney Profile

Jeffrey B. Hayden

Jeffrey Hayden

Law Offices of Jeffrey B. Hayden
333 Bradford Street, Suite 130
Redwood City, CA 94063
Law Offices of Jeffrey B. Hayden

California (CA)

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Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (100%)

Criminal Defense


A Califoria State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, 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 the University of California with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. He then attended University of Southern California, 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 worked in the Los Angeles County Public Defender, defending people who were accused of breaking the law. During that time, he worked on cases ranging from petty theft to homicides, 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 to defend accused individuals here and throughout the Bay Area over the last 17 years, has represented people in thousands criminal matters, and has tried scores of cases, both 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 on the Board of Legal Specialization.  Well known within the courts of San Mateo County and beyond, Mr. Hayden serves as the President of the San Mateo County Bar Association and is Secretary of both the Rotary Club of Redwood City as well as the Conference of California Bar Associations.  

Mr. Hayden’s excellent legal skills and adherence to ethics has earned him a place in Super Lawyers in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2014, as well as San Francisco’s Top Rated Lawyers 2013 and 2014.  He has earned a rating of 10.0 out of 10.0 at, and the highest possible rating of AV-Preeminent* from Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Hayden currently serves as President of the San Mateo County Bar Association.


* AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Years of Selection

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2009, 2014

About Jeffrey Hayden

Admitted: 1990, California

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Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of Calif.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, San Mateo County Bar Association , 2015
  • Secretary, Conference of California Bar Associations, 2013
  • Member, California Board of Legal Specialization, 2012
  • Chair, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California, 2011
  • Member, Board of Directors, Conference of California Bar Associations, 2007-2013
  • Commissioner, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, 2008-2012 Chair 2012
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Member, California Public Defenders Association
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, State Bar of California
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member, Board of Directors, San Mateo County Bar Association 2008-present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Rotary Club of Redwood City 2012-      (Secretary 2014-
  • Regular Attorney Participant  KALW's  Call A Lawyer, a radio program with a monthly call-in off-air service providing free consultation with a certified specialist attorney
  • Regular Attorney Participant:    Community Law Night, a joint venture of the San Mateo County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Superior Court
  • San Mateo County Superior Court  Animal Cruelty Task Force, Member, 2007 - present
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, Traffic & Small Claims    Jan. 2006 - present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • People v. Z.N.  (2015) Domestic Violence charge.  Case tried to jury, which hung; charge dismissed., 2015
  • People v. J.D.  (2011) Mentally Disordered Offender commitment trial.  They wanted to send him to the mental health system.  He wanted out.  We prevailed at trial, and he remains free., 2011
  • People v. S.L. (2010) Mental health commitment case. They thought he was dangerous and wanted to commit him to a mental health facility for his own protection. After trial, he walks out a free man., 2010
  • People v. J.P-U. (2009). Sentenced to life after being tried and convicted of child sexual abuse. Based on my motion in the trial court, the case was reversed on appeal. The case was retried and the client was convicted of misdemeanor battery only and credited for time served. No prison sentence, no sex-offender registration and no felony conviction., 2009
  • People v. G.R. (2008). 16 year old facing multiple life sentences for "Kidnap for Rape" and "Rape Causing Great Bodily Injury." After a three month trial, G.R. was acquitted of all charges and allegations which would have led to life imprisonment. He'll be punished, but only for what he did; he was acquitted of the most serious charges and allegations., 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • President, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2015
  • Named to California Board of Legal Specialization, 2011-
  • Named to Criminal Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California.  2008 - 2012. Chair Sept. 2011 to Oct. 2012
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White Papers

Revisiting the Three Strikes Law - (2011)

In the 1990s, a gruesome crime resulted in a backlash against the California justice system which spurred sentencing reform and the Three Strikes law. Today, it is not a concern over equity, but an expensive and overcrowded prison system that invites some to call for reforms.

Mobile Devices Fair Game for Police Searches, The Recorder, March 11, 2011 - (2011)

Contrary to developing body of federal court caselaw, the California Supreme Court holds that no warrant is needed to access contents of a cell phone confiscated during an arrest, even if the search of that cell phone is not made at the time of arrest.

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