On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, the Supreme Court of Louisiana rendered its disciplinary verdict in the case of C. Kevin Hayes, shedding light on a deeply troubling allegation of domestic violence and simple battery.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kevin C. Hayes,” with case no. 2023-B-00857.

The joint petition for consent discipline was submitted by Hayes and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel prior to the filing of formal charges. The Supreme Court reviewed the petition and accepted it, ordering that Hayes be suspended from the practice of law for 18 months. The suspension was retroactive to January 26, 2022, and follows a period of probation that will coincide with the terms, conditions, and duration of Hayes’ Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program agreement.

All costs and expenses in the matter were assessed against Hayes in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of the court’s judgment until paid.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline is accepted and that C. Kevin Hayes, Louisiana Bar Roll number 21288, be and he hereby is suspended from the practice of law for eighteen months, with all but one year deferred.”

This disciplinary action is a reminder that attorneys are held to high ethical standards and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner. The Supreme Court of Louisiana takes allegations of misconduct seriously and will take appropriate action when necessary to protect the public and maintain the integrity of the legal profession.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Hayes is an attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the founder of Hayes Strategic Solutions, LLC. He acquired his law license in Louisiana in 1992. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.