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Debra B. Hayes

Lawdragon's 2007 list of Top 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America

Lawdragon's 2007 List of Top 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America

 

Debra Brewer Hayes, Of Counsel to Reich & Binstock
Born: Crossville, Tennessee
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Profile:

  • Owner, The Hayes Law Firm, LLP, 2007
  • Partner, Woska and Hayes, LLP, 2003-2007
  • Of Counsel to Reich & Binstock, 1999 to present
  • Graduated South Texas College of Law, Cum Laude, May 1986
  • B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Cleveland State University, 1981
  • Nominated as a Member of the Order of the Lytae


Licenses and Admission:

  • Supreme Court of Texas 1986
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas 1986
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas 1992
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 1992
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 2002

Member:

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston and American Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Association for Justice
  • Million Dollar Advocates
  • PIABA, the public investors section of the ABA

Practice Emphasis:

Ms. Hayes concentrates her practice in Consumer Class Action, Mass Action and Commercial Litigation. She is the founder of The Hayes Law Firm, which focuses on securities arbitrations. She dedicates her time on cases where consumers have been mislead or defrauded. For more information about her securities arbitration practice, please visit http://www.dhayeslaw.com

Ms. Hayes is the Author of "Organizing and Computerizing Your Staff for Mass Litigation." In 2002, Ms. Hayes appeared on a panel at the Texas State Bar Convention discussing corporate liability from the Plaintiff's perspective.

The successful resolution on behalf of many of her clients is a direct result of her tenacity and legal skill.

Accomplishments:

  • Named to Lawdragon's 2007 list of Top 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America. Please visit http://www.lawdragon.com
  • Successfully argued precedent setting case before Judge Posner in the 7th Circuit concerning motion to stay based on arbitration clause
  • Co-counsel in landmark decision by Washington Supreme Court striking arbitration clause

Representative Cases:

Health Care Class Actions:

  • In Re Managed Healthcare, MDL 1334 - Kathy Tisco, P.T., Dr. Scott J. Ashton, Dr. C. Phillip Barnwell and Dr. Mick Mahan, on behalf of a class of others similarly situated v. CIGNA Corp.; CIGNA Healthcare of St. Louis, Inc.; and CIGNA Healthcare of Texas, Inc., co-lead counsel in a certified national class action involving in excess of 210,000 specialty healthcare providers including but not limited to chiropractors, psychologists, counselors and podiatrists who sued their PPO insurer over alleged fraudulent billing and business practices. This lawsuit follows a similar settlement, settled in September of 2003, which dealt with Physicians.
  • In Re Managed Care Litigation, MDL 1334 - Timothy N. Kaiser, M.D. and Suzanne LeBel Corrigan, M.DS. v. CIGNA Corporation et al; co-lead counsel in a certified national class action involving in excess of 750,000 healthcare professionals consisting of physicians and healthcare providers who sued their PPO insurer over bundling, downcoding, and exclusionary fee service practices. A settlement, valued in excess of $200 million dollars, was reached in this matter and court approval was obtained.
  • In Re Managed Care Litigation, MDL 1334 - Ashton v. Humana; co-lead counsel in a certified nationwide class involving hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals who sued over bundling, downcoding and business practices of the PPO insurer. A settlement, valued in excess of $190 million dollars, was reached in this matter.
  • Tacoma Orthopedic v. Regence, In Superior Court in Pierce County, Washington, involves in excess of 20,000 health care providers consisting of physicians and hospitals who have sued their PPO insurer over bundling, downcoding, and exclusionary fee service practices. The Washington Supreme Court issued a landmark decision striking an arbitration clause that would have thwarted the efforts of the healthcare providers to recover their damages.
  • Kanawha Urology Associates, Inc. v. Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, Inc.In the Circuit Court of Wood County, seeking a statewide class action involving approximately 10,000 healthcare providers and physicians who have sued their PPO insurer over bundling, downcoding, improperly requiring clinical records with modifiers, and refusing to disclose their fee schedule. The court certified a statewide class action in 2005. The case is proceeding to trial.

 

Precedent Setting Case:

  • No: 02-1278 - CIGNA Healthcare of St. Louis, Inc., et al., v. Timothy N. Kaiser, et al., Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift the stay and order arbitration between physician and CIGNA until state court issues were resolved.

Consumer Class Actions:

  • Spencer v Shell Oil Co., et al, 1997, filed in Greene County, Alabama; co-lead counsel for the largest property damage settlement class in the nation. Over six million homeowners were provided the opportunity to replace their leaky plumbing systems in this settlement valued between $750 million and 1.5 billion dollars.

Diminished Value Class Actions:

  • Busani v. USAA, (Superior Court, Pierce County); co-lead class counsel for a nationwide class of over 14,000 insured who were not paid diminished value when their vehicles were involved in accidents. After class certification, a multi-million dollar settlement was reached in this matter. After court approval of the settlement, settlement funds were distributed to all class members.
  • David Farris and Ulpiano Rentas v. Safeco Insurance Company of America, First National Insurance Company of America, Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois, General Insurance Company of America and Safeco National Insurance Company. In the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, County of Marion. Successfully resolved.

Vanishing Premium Life Insurance Class Actions:

  • Bussie v. Allmerica, 1999, filed in Federal District Court in Worcester, Mass.; co-lead counsel for a nationwide class of life insurance policy owners who had been sold policies under false pretenses. A settlement, valued in excess of $100 million dollars, was reached in this matter and court approval was obtained.
  • Birdsall v. National Life of Vermont, 1998, filed in Federal District Court in Burlington, Vermont; co-lead counsel for a nationwide class of life insurance policy owners who had been sold policies under false pretenses. A settlement, valued in excess of $75 million dollars, was reached in this matter and court approval was obtained.

Asbestos Class Action:

  • In re: Armstrong World Industries, Inc., et al. : In The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Chairman of the Property Damage Committee and co-lead counsel on behalf of numerous homeowners, commercial building owners, and governmental entities in this case involving asbestos contamination of buildings caused by vinyl asbestos floor tiles manufactured by Armstrong. Successfully resolved.

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