Seth P. Hayes is a Member in the Coal, Education, and Energy industry groups, focusing primarily on commercial litigation. He is the Chair of the Firm's Litigation practice group. He practices out of the Firm’s office in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Seth knows that in order to effectively represent his clients in litigation, it is critical to understand the business processes at issue in addition to the legal disputes. That’s why when he meets a new client, he dives into the business, learning all he can. Rather than sitting behind a desk all day, Seth likes to get out and learn the facts of his cases firsthand, whether its examining longwalls in coal mines or fly ash silos in power plants. It’s this dedication to understanding his clients’ business that’s earned Seth recognition as one of The Best Lawyers in America® and a West Virginia Super Lawyer®.
While Seth does all he can to help his clients avoid litigation, he is more than prepared to lead them through it. He is a tested trial attorney, having tried cases to jury, represented clients before commercial arbitration panels, and argued before of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
A West Virginia University graduate, Seth enjoys going to Mountaineer sporting events and spending time hiking, camping, and skiing with his family. In fact, he loves the outdoors so much that he spent a summer in college working at Yellowstone National Park. He is a graduate of Leadership Monongalia and Leadership West Virginia and serves as vice president of the Board of Directors for United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. Seth is the former Managing Member of the Firm's Morgantown, Bridgeport, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, offices.