Dennis L. Hay

Title: Lawyer
Company: The Law Office of Dennis L. Hay, Esq.
Location: Clements, California, United States

Dennis Hay, Lawyer at the Law Office of Dennis L. Hay, Esq., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business litigation and business law.

Mr. Hay started his higher education at San Jose State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in finance in 1984. He continued his studies as a law student at the University of Honolulu, where he graduated with a JD in 1988, and returned to California. Mr. Hay was admitted to practice law in the state of California in 1989, and is additionally licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, as well as the Federal Court of Appeals in Sacramento. He is a member of the California Bar Association, and the San Joaquin County Bar Association.

From 1985 to 1987, while completing his legal education, Mr. Hay worked as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, and in 1987, he spent a year working as a law clerk for Cohn, Becker & Jacquint. Mr. Hay transitioned to a law clerk position at Souza, Coats, McInnis & Mehlhaff, a role he retained until 1989 when he rose to the rank of associate counsel attorney at the firm. In 1992, he became a partner for the firm, which then changed the name to Souza, Coats, McInnis, Mehlhaff & Hay. In 1994, the firm transitioned to Mehlhaff & Hay, where he remained until 2001, when he began a new partnership with Willbanks, Hay & Wood.

From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Hay served as a judge pro tempore for the County of San Joaquin, and starting in 2006, he took on a role as a hearing officer for the City of Stockton. In 2010, he left Willbanks, Hay & Wood to start his own private law firm, the Law Office of Dennis L. Hay, Esq, where he continues to practice law to this day. He served as a hearing officer for more than a decade, eventually leaving the position in 2018, and is currently pursuing his license to practice law in Colorado. Mr. Hay cites Judge James E. Cadle as a mentor who pushed him to pursue pro tempore work and to apply to become a judge.

For his excellence as a legal professional, Mr. Hay was awarded the Martindale-Hubble AV Distinguished Rating. The rating system has been used for more than 150 years to recognized lawyers for their ability and ethics. He is proud to have pursued pro-bono and pro tempore work, and he is passionate about giving back to his community. As a testament to his success as a legal professional, Mr. Hay has been featured in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the World and multiple editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America.

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