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Stephen Hayes
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(202) 728-1888


J.D., Columbia Law School

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
California (inactive status)


Honorable Marsha S. Berzon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Mr. Hayes practices primarily in consumer protection compliance and civil rights litigation. His work includes housing and lending discrimination, regulatory compliance, administrative law, and financial technology issues. Mr. Hayes has represented individuals and organizations in numerous discrimination actions. He was part of the litigation team representing students in a reverse redlining class action against a for-profit college, which resulted in a $5 million settlement. He also contributed to a settlement preventing a public housing authority from operating its Section 8 voucher program in violation of the FHA.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Mr. Hayes was Senior Counsel in the Legal Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He helped develop and finalize various rulemakings and agency programs, including the Payday rulemaking, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rulemaking, and the Bureau’s No Action Letter program. He also participated in Bureau supervisory and enforcement actions, including related to ECOA, UDAAP, and the FCRA. Mr. Hayes was awarded two Director Mission Achievement Awards and recognition from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.

Mr. Hayes received his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the John Ordronaux Prize for the highest academic average in his law school class. He also received awards for public law, federal courts, labor law, contracts, and environmental law. He served as an Essays & Review editor on the Columbia Law Review. During law school, he worked at Altshuler Berzon, LLP and the Fair Housing Justice Center.

Mr. Hayes is the author of Enforcing Civil Rights Obligations Through the False Claims Act, 1 Colum. J. Race & L. 29 (2011) and Rethinking When People With Disabilities Must Participate in Public Variance Proceedings, 109 Colum. L. Rev. 2044 (2009). He has also presented at legal conferences and universities, including the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights Civil Rights Conference and Howard University School of Law.