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John W. Hays, Mediator & Arbitrator, Lexington, Kentucky.

John W. Hays

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Jackson Kelly PLLC
100 West Main Street, Suite 700
Lexington, KY 40507
Tel: (859) 288-2843
Cell: (859) 221-3039
Fax: (859) 288-2849
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Mr. Hays has experience representing clients in litigation matters, including personal injury defense, property damage, insurance coverage and indemnity disputes.  He has also represented clients in the oil and gas industry in federal and state investigations and other matters. Mr. Hays' practice is primarily focused in construction litigation, contracts and commercial litigation. 

He also has extensive training and experience as a mediator in construction, commercial, employment and personal injury disputes and is on the CPR Regional Panel of Neutrals.  Mr. Hays has also served as an arbitrator and is on the Commercial Arbitration Panel for the American Arbitration Association.  He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to construction and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mining
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Utilities
  • Wrongful Death


  • 1985 B.A. - Princeton University
  • 1988 J.D. (with distinction) - University of Kentucky


  • 2005 Mediation Workshop, Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School
  • 2002 Arbitrator II Training – American Arbitration Association
  • 2001 Arbitrator I Training – American Arbitration Association
  • 1995 Mediation Training (40 hours) – Mediation Center of Kentucky


Memberships & Affiliations

Mr. Hays is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and all state and federal courts within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  He is a member of the Fayette, Kentucky and American Bar Associations and is active in the ABA Forum for the Construction Industry and KBA Section on Construction and Public Contract Law.  Mr. Hays is also a member of the ADR Section of the KBA, is on the board of directors for the Mediation Center of Kentucky and is a past president of the Mediation Association of Kentucky.

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