Meet the Experienced Attorneys of Thomas F Hayes Law Office

The team of Hayes Law attorneys effectively and passionately defends our clients against criminal charges. We have an established record of successful results in State and Federal Courts.

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Thomas Hayes

Tom was focused on providing effective criminal defense even before he was out of law school, having served as a clerk for the Franklin County Public Defender’s office, where he ultimately started his career upon graduation. After 13 years in the Public Defender’s office defending cases ranging from assault to murder, Tom decided to strike out on his own in 2006 when he opened The Law Office of Thomas F. Hayes, LLC. in historic German Village.

Over the course of his career, Tom has represented thousands of clients in all types of criminal proceedings. He has handled some of the most complex cases in the state, including death penalty and federal cases, as well as the more common type of case many face such as drug offenses, DUI, sexual assault, and theft. He has the reputation, experience, and relationships with judges and court personnel to step into any courtroom and ultimately bring a case to its best conclusion for his client. Clients do not pay for a “learning curve” with Tom; he has done it all.

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Emily Anstaett

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Emily D. Anstaett began her career in public service in Washington, D.C., but ultimately moved home to Columbus for law school and to serve her community. Emily joined Hayes Law as an associate attorney in 2019 and immediately began making an impact on cases.

Emily developed her passion for criminal defense and her desire to be in court while interning at the Franklin County Public Defender’s office in law school. By also working at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General in the Civil Rights section as well as the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU-Ohio), Emily became deeply entrenched in fighting for people’s rights. 

Emily earned her Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School and is admitted to practice in Ohio. She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association

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Emily Anstaett, Hayes Law Attorney in Columbus, Ohio wearing a suit in the courthouse