Edward T. Hayes is a partner at Leake & Andersson, L.L.P. where he focuses his practice both on litigation and international trade and business transactions. He has extensive litigation experience, dating back to 1996 when he clerked for the Honorable Gerald P. Fedoroff of the Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans. Since that time he has represented domestic and international clients in products liability, insurance, maritime, warranty/redhibition, and professional malpractice cases in state and federal courts throughout the Gulf South region. His litigation practice includes the defense of mass casualty, class action and multi-district litigation cases.
Mr. Hayes also leads the firm’s international trade and business practice. The firm’s international trade and business practice focuses on a wide variety of international issues, including customs matters; import/export transactions; international sales of goods and services; disputes under bilateral investment treaties; antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission; and World Trade Organization dispute settlement. Mr. Hayes also maintains an active international public policy and government relations practice, where he advises businesses and local governments on international trade capacity and international economic development issues, including the business implications of international multilateral and regional free trade agreements.
Mr. Hayes has published numerous articles and papers on international trade topics and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, where he teaches a Seminar on World Trade Organization policy and practice. Mr. Hayes previously served for eight years as a cleared advisor on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee at the Office of the US Trade Representative and for seven years on the Louisiana District Export Council of the US Department of Commerce. Mr. Hayes is an active arbitrator and currently serves on the North American Free Trade Agreement Chapter 19 (antidumping and countervailing duty) roster.
In January, 2014 the country of Ukraine appointed Mr. Hayes to serve as the Honorary Consul to Ukraine for the State of Louisiana. Mr. Hayes is charged with promoting and preserving the interests of Ukraine and her citizens throughout the State of Louisiana.
Fall - World Trade Organization Seminar