Biography

Attorney Wes Hayes

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Wes Hayes earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1975 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. While attending West Point, he was President of the Class of 1975 and Battalion Commander.

After serving five years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, Wes earned his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina in 1983. While attending the University of South Carolina School of Law, Wes served as President of the Student Bar Association and was a member of the South Carolina Law Review and Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. He also earned membership in the distinctive Order of the Coif and Order of the Wig & Robe. Mr. Hayes was admitted to the South Carolina Bar and the U.S. District Court of South Carolina in 1983.

Wes served in the South Carolina Senate, District 15 from 1991 to 2016, serving on the Banking and Insurance Committee, Ethics Committee, Finance Committee, Education Committee, and Medical Affairs Committee. Wes also served in the South Carolina House of Representatives District 46 from 1985 to 1991.

Wes is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Kiwanis Club, the Gideons, Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts Board, the Westminster Towers Retirement Community Board, Guardian Fidelity Board, and the local South State Bank Board. He is currently the Chair of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, having been appointed to that position by Governor Henry McMaster in 2018.

Wes is active in a number of professional organizations including the South Carolina Bar Association, the York County Bar Association, and the Christian Legal Society. He is married to the former Sally Shurley and has three children, Wes III, Creighton, and Margaret.

Wes’ primary focus with the firm is in the areas of personal injury and Social Security disability, although he also handles real estate matters and probate matters such as wills, powers of attorney, and healthcare powers of attorney.

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