Born Osceola, Iowa; admitted to bar 1994, Missouri and U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1995, Kansas and 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, 2016-2018; Secretary / Treasurer, 2015-2016); State Bar of Nevada; State Bar of Missouri; State Bar of Kansas; Washoe County Bar Association. Recognized by Best Lawyers, Northern California/Reno, Real Estate Law (2019); selected one of Northern Nevada’s Top Attorneys by Nevada Business magazine (June 2012, 2014, 2016-2018). 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 Lloyd’s of London, 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 twenty-three jury and bench trials at the district court level, including fourteen first-chair jury trials through closing argument. He served as the firm’s President from 2009 until 2018.
Mr. Hayward has served as a volunteer mediator with the Inmate Mediation Program through the United States District Court for the District of Nevada since 2019. He was a member of the State Bar of Nevada Task force on the 2018 Amendments to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure. Mr. Hayward has been a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada volunteer since 2017, and has volunteered with the Reno High School Junior Interview Project each year since 2016. Since 2011, Mr. Hayward has served as volunteer outside counsel for Nevada Bighorns Unlimited.
Mr. Hayward has been an active member of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) since 2016. He has played in the Sierra Nevada Soccer Association amateur soccer league since 2007. He coached recreational and competitive U9-U15 boys’ soccer through the Great Basin Youth Soccer League for six years, earning his USSF “E” and “D”coaching certificates.
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); Shoen v. Sac Holding Corp., 122 Nev. 621, 137 P.3d 1171 (2011) (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).