Hayes Finley focuses her practice on issues surrounding environmental, land use, energy and administrative law. She navigates complex regulatory and political matters for her clients before government agencies, permitting officials and state and federal courts. She has represented developers and private businesses in environmental remediation and clean-up activities, negotiated resolution of environmental enforcement actions, represented local governments and private citizens in water supply planning and surface water disputes, and obtained local land use and zoning approvals for a wide range of projects.
She also has experience with the N.C. Brownfields Program, environmental due diligence and legal opinions for project financing transactions and has devoted part of her practice to the renewable energy and CleanTech sectors.
During law school, Hayes was an intern to Justice Cheri Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and Judge Richard Elmore of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Before attending law school, she spent two years with the Peace Corps as a Small Enterprise Development and Ecotourism volunteer in Sengal, West Africa.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Hayes Jernigan Finley