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Chelsea N. Hayes


Chelsea Hayes is a litigation associate in Baker Donelson's Johnson City office.

Professional Biography

Ms. Hayes counsels employers about compliance with state and federal laws, as well as contractual restrictive covenants involving employer-employee relations.

She regularly defends employers in administrative, state, and federal courts in wide-ranging litigation, including, but not limited to, actions brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, state law, and non-competition/non-disclosure agreements. Ms. Hayes also works extensively in the area of workers' compensation, both defending claims and advising clients on injuries, and the interaction between injuries and leave laws.

Ms. Hayes is licensed to practice in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland.

  • Obtained dismissal of all claims involving the Federal and Tennessee False Claims Acts against a large corporate client filed by a qui tam plaintiff with favorable appellate ruling.

  • Obtained order granting preliminary injunction in favor of employer against previous employee subject to restrictive covenants.

  • Obtained a renewed temporary restraining order against previous employees enjoining them from breaking restrictive covenants.

  • Member – Fayette County Bar Association, 2015 – present
  • Member – Kentucky Bar Association, 2015 – present
  • Member – University of Kentucky Law Alumni, 2015 – present
  • Board of Directors – Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2015, cum laude
    • Kentucky Law Journal – Online Content Committee Editor
  • Duke University, B.A., 2012


  • Tennessee, 2017
  • Kentucky, 2015
  • Maryland, 2020
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, 2015

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