Senior Attorney | Former Assistant District Attorney
Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyer | Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Though born in Texas, Hayley grew up in the Midwest. She graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa School of Law in 2011. While at the University of Iowa, Hayley was a member of the University of Iowa Trial Advocacy team and Jessup Moot Court team. Her experience with these teams helped refine her litigation skills.
Hayley's love of criminal law began her first summer break of law school when she interned with the Johnson County Public Defender's Office in Iowa City, Iowa. She continued to learn and develop her knowledge of criminal law her second summer of law school when she interned with the Clark County District Attorney's office in Las Vegas, Nevada. During her last year in Iowa, Hayley had opportunity to intern with the Lahammer Law Firm where she gained valuable skills in federal criminal defense.
After graduating law school, Hayley knew her roots lay in Texas and moved back the next day. While awaiting the results of the Bar exam, Hayley interned with the Galveston County District Attorney's office. She was then hired by the Denton County District Attorney's office. During the two years she spent with the Denton County District Attorney's office, Hayley tried numerous cases including DWIs, assaults, drug possession cases, thefts, and mental health commitments. In 2013, Hayley was voted Most Valuable Prosecutor of the misdemeanor division.
Hayley joined the Law Offices of Tim Powers in 2014. Over the last 6 years Hayley has utilized her knowledge and passion for criminal law to aggressively defend her clients. Her attention to detail and ability to find small errors has resulted in numerous clients receiving reductions or outright dismissals. Hayley is also one of the best trial attorneys in Denton and Collin Counties, racking up not guilty verdicts to the point that she has one of the best trial records in the state.
Since 2018, Hayley has been on the board for the Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and is currently the President of the organization. She has been selected for The Nation Trial Lawyers Top 100, Top 40 under 40 for Trial Lawyers, 10 Best in Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Criminal Lawyers, and Lawyers of Distinction.