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Cole Hayes


Cole Hayes has deep ties to the Charlotte area, having grown up on a farm in Mecklenburg County.  After placing in the top of his law school class, Cole clerked at the North Carolina Supreme Court for Justice Paul Newby.  Before joining the firm, he spent four years clerking for Judge Craig Whitley in the Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of North Carolina.  Cole represents parties in corporate and individual bankruptcy cases as well as in commercial litigation.  He also serves as a bankruptcy trustee.

Court Admissions

  • All North Carolina state courts
  • Federal Courts of the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, B.S. in Accounting

Relevant Services & Experience

  • Representation of debtors, creditors and trustees in all aspects of corporate and individual bankruptcy cases
  • Complex litigation, including commercial and corporate disputes and fraudulent transfer and preference actions
  • Corporate receiverships
  • Ponzi scheme and fraud cases
  • Asbestos bankruptcies and 524(g) trusts
  • State and federal court appeals

Awards, Honors & Publications

  • Served as contributing author on Liquidation and Sale of Encumbered Property for the North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual
  • Served as managing Editor of the Campbell Law Review
  • Served as head research assistant to the author of Webster’s Real Estate Law in North Carolina
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from law school where he received honors for his performance in numerous courses including Real Property, Advanced Real Property, Scientific Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Secured Transactions.

Community Involvement

  • Taught law school courses on judicial writing and legal research and writing
  • Tutored students through Heart Math Tutoring