About Hays Firm
We are a small firm with the relationships, experience, and expertise required to navigate today’s complex legal system. As a small firm, we can give your matter the focused attention it deserves. By collaborating closely and sharing knowledge as a team, you – the client – get wider points of view and ultimately, more value. We develop a deep understanding of our client’s case and needs, and are nimble and motivated to accommodate a wide variety of clients. In turn, we have the flexibility to offer innovative fee structures tailored to meet your needs. You are our priority.
Our Core Values
Our core values distinguish Hays Firm LLC from other Chicago firms. These core values provide the basis for all of our representations whether we are drafting a will or embarking on a complex estate dispute. Our attorneys embody these core values in their behaviors and in their decisions.
INTEGRITY AND HONESTY
In the legal profession, an attorney’s words and actions provide insight into their character. At Hays Firm LLC, our attorneys are successful because they are committed to fairness, honor, and truth. We offer our clients honest and fair advice.
We consistently strive to produce the highest quality work for our clients. Additionally, our attorneys offer professionalism and calm expertise when our clients are in the midst of an emotional and turbulent situation.
We provide quality legal services to our clients. We are accessible by phone and email and responsive to our clients’ needs. Our attorneys are also encouraged to participate in nonprofit work and public service to the community.
At Hays Firm LLC, we take pride in our work and in each other. We act responsibly and professionally in and out of the courtroom. We respect that our clients are often facing emotional issues such as death and disability. Our goal is to provide legal advice that offers clients the ability to resolve their legal issues with respect and dignity.
Our legal team has knowledge and experience to guide our clients through difficult legal procedures and issues. We are dedicated to providing quality legal services with integrity and respect for our clients.
Andrew Hays Principal
Mr. Hays is the principal of the firm and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago (1997) and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law (2005). While in law school, Mr. Hays served as a judicial intern for Honorable Judge Allan S. Goldberg, who then presided over commercial matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Upon receiving his J.D., Mr. Hays worked as an associate attorney at a small Chicago firm for two years before branching off and beginning Hays Firm in 2008.
Mr. Hays concentrates his practice in the areas of guardianship, decedent’s probate estates, and estate and trust litigation. He is admitted to the Trial Bar of the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of the United States District Court of Illinois.
For the past five years, Mr. Hays has been selected as a Super Lawyer in the practice of estate and trust litigation. Only 2.5% of the top attorneys in Illinois receive this award annually for their outstanding dedication to the legal profession. Previously, he was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015.
Antonia Hays Firm Partner
Ms. Hays is a partner at Hays Firm LLC. She received her B. A. from Loyola University Chicago (1996) and graduated magna cum laude. Ms. Hays received her J. D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2001). She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor.
Her practice includes the handling of complex and multiparty litigation involving estates and trusts, guardianship matters, contractual disputes, commercial disputes, breach of contract actions, and other areas of civil litigation.
Ms. Hays is a member of the Illinois Bar and is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Hays was named as a 2011 Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in the field of Business Litigation.
Jaime Nolan Paralegal
Ms. Nolan graduated from Indiana University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Tourism Management. After working in the hospitality industry for several years, she obtained the ABA Certified Paralegal Certificate from the College of Lake County in 2012 where she earned a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Ms. Nolan has worked at Hays Firm LLC since 2012.
LOREDANA LOHAN Paralegal
Ms. Lohan graduated cum laude from Indiana University in 2023 with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. During her time in college, Ms. Lohan was founder and president of an organization focused on combating Sex Trafficking. She was also involved in various political groups and honor societies including Phi Eta Sigma and Pi Sigma Alpha. In her future, Ms. Lohan hopes to attend law school to pursue her passion of helping others.