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Member Profile: Thomas C. Hays

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Lewis Wagner LLP
501 Indiana Avenue, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Tel: (317) 237-0500
Fax: (317) 630-2790

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Thomas C. Hays has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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A veteran trial lawyer, Tom is at his best in front of a jury, as his years of trial experience and matter‐of‐fact style give him significant jury appeal. For more than 30 years, Tom has litigated civil cases, including those involving product liability, wrongful death, construction, trucking and premises liability. In an age when most cases settle through mediation, Tom still finds himself in front of a jury on a regular basis.

One of Tom’s many strengths is his thorough investigation of his client’s matter, followed by a thoughtful, strategic preparation of their case and a straight‐forward appraisal of their legal situation and possible options.

He served as managing partner at Lewis Wagner from 2002‐2007 and became a Diplomat to the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in 1989. In 1994 he was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as President of the Indiana Chapter in 2006. He was named a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel in 2002, listed in Indiana Super Lawyers, 2005‐2014, and selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in 2010‐2015 in the fields of Arbitration; Mediation; Personal Injury Litigation ‐ Defendants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.


  • Woodrow Wilson College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, J.D., 1977
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.A., dean's list, 1973

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 1977 ‐ present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1994 ‐ present (President, Indiana Chapter, 2006)
  • Defense Research Institute (State Liaison; Trial Tactics Committee)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 1982 ‐ present (President‐Elect, 2014; Board of Directors, 2004 ‐ present; Diplomat, 2009)
  • Georgia State Bar Association, 1977 ‐ present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 1979 ‐ present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, 1979 ‐ present (Litigation Section; Indianapolis Bar Foundation; Fellow, 2007)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, 2002 ‐ present
  • Johnson County Bar Association, 1986 – present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Diplomat, 1989)


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