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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 AVVO.com, 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.
Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2009, 2014
Admitted: 1990, California
Professional Webpage: www.yourcriminaldefender.com/
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