Areas of Practice:

  • Business
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Transportation: Trucking/Motor Carrier/Rail

Licensed In:

  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Thomas E. Hayes

Of Counsel

Thomas Hayes has over 30 years of legal experience that gives him a perspective that is very rare indeed. He practiced as a defense attorney representing the insurance industry, hospitals and manufacturers. Tom has also spent several years as a plaintiff’s attorney representing injured clients and their families. For the last decade he has been Assistant General Counsel for an international transportation company overseeing construction contracts, liability claims, workers compensation, FELA, Longshoreman and Jones Act cases. As General Counsel, Tom helped develop and implement Human Resource training and polices, developed contract management and risk transfer programs that have saved millions of dollars. Tom has tried numerous cases and has also resolved many cases through direct negotiations or through mediation of cases of every kind. Not many attorneys have the breadth of experience that has provided the Tom the knowledge to resolve difficult matters and the ability find the best solutions for his clients.


University of Missouri – Kansas City, J.D.

Truman State University, History and Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude

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Professional Practice

  • Of Counsel, Wallace Saunders, Present
  • Baker, Sterchi, Cowden and Rice
  • Shamberg, Johnson and Bergman
  • Spigarelli, Spigarelli and Hayes
  • Watco Companies, LLC

Professional Licensure

  • Missouri, 1987
  • Kansas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Missouri and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Kansas and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Accomplishments

  • Past President of Crawford County Bar Association
  • All American Honors QB Division II
  • MIAA MVP, 1981, 1982 and 1983
  • Academic All-American Honors, 1981 – 1983

Civic Activities

  • YMCA past board member
  • Knights of Columbus past Grand Knight
  • Stewardship Committee Chair Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Rotarian
  • Lords Diner

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