On August 30, Dallas-based Comerica Inc. announced that Von E. Hays, senior vice president and general counsel/human resources, litigation and corporate operations, has been named executive vice president and chief legal officer/general counsel. Hays, who had been serving as interim chief legal officer since May, will continue to report to Curt Farmer, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Prior to his assignment as interim general counsel, Hays served in a variety of leadership roles with responsibility for supporting human resources, litigation and corporate operations.
“During his 15 years with Comerica, Von has been instrumental in providing valuable counsel and guidance in key legal matters,” Farmer says. “His strong legal acumen, tenured experience and demonstrated leadership will continue to serve as an important asset for our organization.”
Prior to joining Comerica in 2007, Hays spent more than 10 years in private practice, most recently as a partner at K&L Gates where he represented clients in litigation, government investigations and labor and employment matters. His experience also involved trial work, arbitrations, mediations, employment auditing and policy development. He provided extensive client counseling on day-to-day employment and regulatory compliance issues.
Hays earned his law degree from Drake University with high honors. While there, he served on the Drake Law Review. He also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Hays is active in the local community, sitting on the board of directors for the Child and Family Guidance Center, a nonprofit organization in Dallas helping address the mental health needs of children, adults and families.
Established in 1849, Comerica Bank operates in Texas, Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.