Born Osceola, Iowa; admitted to bar 1994, Missouri and U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1995, Kansas U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 1996, Nevada, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Education: University of Iowa, Iowa State University (B.A., with Distinction, 1991); University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with High Distinction, 1994). Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; member, Iowa Law Review.
Member: American Board of Trial Advocates (2012-present) (President, Reno Chapter, 2016-present; Secretary/Treasurer, 2015-2016); State Bar of Nevada; State Bar of Missouri; State Bar of Kansas; Washoe County Bar Association; Defense Research Institute; Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Recognized by Best Lawyers, Northern California / Reno, Real Estate Law (2018); selected one of Northern Nevada’s Top 75 Attorneys by Nevada Business magazine (2012, 2014, 2016). Rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Mr. Hayward began his career as an associate with the Kansas City firm of Morrison & Hecker, LLP after graduating with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. Since joining Laxalt & Nomura in 1996, he has litigated a wide range of cases, including those involving legal and professional malpractice, business disputes, personal injury, defamation, insurance bad faith, and product liability. He has litigated professional liability cases on behalf of insureds of Chicago Insurance Company, ALPS, and Lawyer’s Protector Plan. Mr. Hayward has also defended wrongful death and serious injury cases on behalf of property owners, hotel casinos, automobile dealerships and manufacturers. He has tried 23 jury and bench trials at the district court level, including 15 jury trials (14 first-chair). He has served as the firm’s Managing Shareholder since 2009.
Mr. Hayward has coached U9 through U15 boys’ soccer through the Great Basin Youth Soccer League since Spring 2013, and has been an active participant in the Sierra Nevada Soccer Association adult soccer league since 2007. He has been a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada volunteer since Fall 2014, and a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada since 2015. Since 2011 Mr. Hayward has served as volunteer outside counsel for Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, a non-profit wildlife conservation and hunting organization.
Reported Cases: Peri & Sons Farms, Inc. v. Jain Irrigation, Inc., 933 F. Supp. 2d 1279 (D. Nev. 2013); 3685 San Fernando Lenders, LLC v. Compass USA SPE, LLC, 802 F. Supp. 2d 1147 (D. Nev. 2011); Wright v. Incline Village General Improvement District, 665 F.3d 1128 (9th Cir. 2011); In re Amerco Derivative Litigation, 127 Nev. Adv. Rep. 17, 252 P.3d 681 (2011) (local counsel); Nanopierce Technologies, Inc. v. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., 123 Nev. 362, 168 P.3d 73 (2011) (local counsel); Shoen v. Sac Holding Corp., 122 Nev. 621, 137 P.3d 1171 (2011) (local counsel); Whistler Investments, Inc. v. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., 539 F.3d 1159 (9th Cir. 2008) (local counsel); Shuffle Master, Inc. v. MP Games, LLS, 553 F. Supp. 2d 1202 (D. Nev. 2008) (local counsel); State of Nevada v. Second Judicial District Court, 118 Nev. 609, 55 P.3d 420 (2002); Abreu v. Gilmer, 115 Nev. 308, 985 P.2d 746 (1999); Great Basin Brewing Co. v. Healdsburg Brewing Co., 44 U.S.P.Q. 2d (BNA) 1751 (D. Nev. 1997).