Attorney Michael Hayes Profile
Attorney Michael Hayes
Milwaukee Attorney for Criminal Law, OWI, Traffic Defense, and Personal Injury Claims
Michael M. Hayes was a founding partner of the Milwaukee law firm of Hayes & Rothstein, 1983-2019.
A Milwaukee native, Mr. Hayes earned his Juris Doctor law degree in 1981 from Marquette University Law School, where he was the Lead Articles Editor on the Law Review. During this time, he also served as a Judicial Intern for Wisconsin Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Decker. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated in 1977. Within 3 years he was listed in Best Lawyers in America after founding what had become the largest consumer Chapter 7 law firm in Wisconsin.
Michael Hayes provides for his extensive network of former and existing clients and their families valuable legal assistance beyond his practice areas. He is always willing to discuss a wide variety of legal concerns, including family law and bankruptcy law questions dating back to his extensive experience over the last 30 years. He can evaluate your situation and provide a referral to a well-respected attorney. His clients consider him a knowledgeable and trusted advisor for legal and practical advice on a wide range of issues.
He aspires to the description of President Harry Truman in the biography by David McCullough: “As much as any president since Lincoln, he brought to the highest office the language and values of the common American people. He held to the old guidelines: work hard, do your best, speak the truth, assume no airs, trust in God, have no fear.”
- Wisconsin, 1981
- U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, 1981
Marquette University, Juris Doctor, 1981
Law Review Lead Articles Editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Science, 1977
University of Notre Dame
State Bar of Wisconsin
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Honors and Awards
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating℠ from Martindale-Hubbell®
Seminar Moderator and Presenter at Strategies in Handling OWI Cases in Wisconsin
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Avvo Rating 10.0 out of 10, Superb
Presenter of “Illinois Residents Arrested for OWI in Wisconsin” at 2019 Lake County Annual Bar Ass’n Meeting
Featured speaker at Lorman event Live Webinar, October 29, 2015