Steven E. Hayes


  • Pfeiffer College - B.A., 1978
  • Tulane University, Louisiana - M.B.A., 1981; J.D., 1984.


  • Admitted to the bar, 1984, Louisiana
  • Admitted to Practice: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Noteworthy Experience:

  • Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist (1996) and Board Certified in Taxation (1990),
  • Louisiana Board of Specialization, Louisiana State Bar Association.
  • HWith over 30 years of specializing in the practice areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, successions and elder law, he has prepared in excess of 10,000 estate plans, handled thousands of successions and trusts, and assisted individuals and families in difficult situations and in litigated matters involving these areas.

Professional Organizations & Memberships:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Estate Planning Council
  • and current Chairman of the Estate Planning Specialization Committee of the Louisiana Bar Association

Awards & Accolades:

  • Selected as “Louisiana Super Lawyer” every year since 2008
  • New Orleans Magazine “Top Lawyer”- elder law

Community & Civic Involvement:

  • Chairman of the Estate Planning Specialization Board for the Louisiana Bar Association
  • member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council
  • frequent speaker on estate planning in hundreds of events for various organizations, including the Federal Government Employees, Corps of Engineers, Financial Planner Association, Money Watch Live, Families Helping Families and other organizations and continuing legal education seminars.

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Contact Information

Phone: (504) 830-4107


Steven E. Hayes


Steven Hayes is married to his wife, Gina and and they have two children, Madison and Austin. He has been a partner of the Chehardy, Sherman, Williams Law Firm since its founding in 1989 focusing exclusively in the areas of his specialty.