Daniel Hayes

Partner, Venable LLP

Dan Hayes, a former supervisory trial counsel at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is an experienced trial attorney who represents clients in government enforcement actions and investigations, internal corporate investigations, securities class actions, and other complex business disputes. Mr. Hayes has more than 25 years of experience prosecuting and defending complex financial and commercial disputes, including more than ten trials and arbitration hearings.

Dan was with the SEC from 2010 to 2023. During his tenure, he led the prosecution of a wide variety of SEC enforcement actions in U.S. district courts and SEC administrative proceedings throughout the country.

Most recently, Dan served as co-head of the trial unit in the SEC’s Chicago Regional Office (CHRO), where he helped supervise and manage all enforcement actions prosecuted by the CHRO. He also was a member of the national trial attorney management team that reported to and consulted with SEC Enforcement Division leadership on litigation, trial, and settlement strategies and practices. Before joining the SEC, Dan was a partner at a large national law firm, where he represented individuals and businesses in commercial litigation in both state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings.