Growing up with five lawyers in her family (her father, three uncles and an aunt), Hayley has always wanted to be a lawyer and has made that dream a reality. In college, Hayley started working at Patton & Ryan during the summers, supporting the full-time support staff and legal secretaries, and has continued to work at Patton & Ryan to this day. Hayley learned what it takes to run a law firm day-to-day before she even applied to law school; she truly has ground-up experience working in the legal profession and uses this experience to her advantage as a newly admitted lawyer.
During law school at Loyola University Chicago, Hayley volunteered at many different legal entities with the goal of gaining wide-ranging and practical experience. For her 1L summer, she clerked for the Honorable Mary Ann Mason of the First District Appellate Court, where she drafted judicial opinions and attended weekly oral arguments. During Hayley’s 2L fall semester, she served as a legal extern at U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Chicago office, where she gained an understanding of federal customs and immigration laws, attended multi-agency meetings regarding customs violations, and assisted in the handling of EEOC claims brought against U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Looking to improve her litigation skills, Hayley next volunteered as a law clerk at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where she attended a federal habeas corpus hearing and assisted in handling a financial fraud case in the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Finally, Hayley volunteered at the City of Chicago’s Law Department in the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) Litigation Division during her last semester of law school. There, she gained a thorough understanding of how Chicago’s numerous governmental entities operate, attended summary judgment hearings in FOIA lawsuits brought against the City, attended FOIA Officer trainings, and assisted in handling multiple pro se cases brought against the City.
Being newly admitted to the Illinois Bar in November 2016, Hayley is excited about what the future has in store for her legal career.