The Honorable Larry E. Hayes

Monterey County Superior Court, Department 16


The Hon. Larry E. Hayes is a judge for the Monterey County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John Phillips (Ret.).

His is a registered Republican.

Hayes enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, where he served as a military policeman. After completing his military service, Hayes became a deputy sheriff with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, serving as a patrol officer and a narcotics detective. During that same time, Hayes opened a restaurant in Ventura County that he ran from 1973 to 1977.

While working full-time, he attended California Lutheran University, graduating with his B.S. in business management in 1974. Hayes ultimately decided to pursue his law degree. He went on to earn his J.D. magna cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1980.

During law school, Hayes clerked for the Hon. William Clark with the California Supreme Court. After graduating from law school, Hayes entered into private practice at the erstwhile Hoge, Fenton, Jones, and Appel, which later became Fenton and Keller. During his twenty-five year tenure with the firm, Hayes specialized in civil litigation with an emphasis on real estate, personal injury, and business matters. He became a shareholder at the firm in 1986. He was serving in that capacity at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in 2005.

His has served as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and the Special Olympics.

Hayes also became an author of children's books.

During his tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Hayes has presided in the Family Law Department.

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