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Caleb Hayes-Deats

Caleb Hayes-Deats is an accomplished litigator who has repeatedly secured advantageous outcomes for clients. He represents companies and individuals in high-stakes commercial disputes and government investigations. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in D.C. by the National Law Journal and in New York by Super Lawyers. His practice spans all levels of the judicial system and many different industries. He has tried cases and argued motions in state and federal courts. He has also briefed and argued appeals before federal courts of appeals.

Mr. Hayes-Deats represents both plaintiffs and defendants in his civil practice, advising them on some of the most complex and pressing issues facing businesses today. He has recovered millions on behalf of plaintiffs, both at trial and through settlement. He has likewise helped defendants navigate the legal and public relations risks that accompany civil suits.

Mr. Hayes-Deats also represents individuals in connection with high-profile government investigations. His representations have covered a wide variety of subjects, ranging from impeachment proceedings before Congress to criminal investigations by the Department of Justice.

Before joining MoloLamken, Mr. Hayes-Deats was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. As an AUSA, Mr. Hayes-Deats had wins valued at nearly $2 billion in high-profile fraud, tax, and Bank Secrecy Act cases. He secured those wins against some of the nation’s largest financial institutions, such as Wells Fargo, AIG, and US Bank. In 2016, he was part of a team that, after a five-week mortgage-fraud trial, won the 18th largest jury verdict in the country, according to the National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2016. Mr. Hayes-Deats also helped settle high-stakes cases, winning the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Hayes-Deats has taught as a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School.

Before working as an AUSA, Mr. Hayes-Deats served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Representative Matters

  • Represented class of investors that secured $250 million securities fraud settlement against Alibaba (Christine Asia Co., Ltd. v. Ma, No. 15 MD 2631 (S.D.N.Y.))
  • Obtained $24 million lost-profits award for power-plant developer following a week-long bench trial before the New York Supreme Court (Indeck Energy Servs. v. Merced Capital, L.P., No. 652171/2014 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.))
  • Represented State Department official in impeachment inquiry by Congress into the conduct of the President of the United States
  • Represented finance chairman of political action committee in investigation into alleged violations of campaign finance laws
  • Defended Medicare Advantage provider network against competitor’s application for injunction prohibiting market entry (Abdou v. DaVita Inc., No. 16 Civ. 2597 (D. Nev.))
  • Represented publicly traded business development company pursuing claims under Rules 14a-3 & 14a-9 in connection with a proposed merger (Medley Capital Corp. v. NexPoint Advisors, L.P., No. 19 Civ. 2055 (S.D.N.Y.))
  • Represented certificateholders of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts in Article 77 dispute over the distribution of a $2.375 billion settlement fund (In re U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 651625/2018 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.))
  • Won a $298.5 million mortgage fraud verdict after a five-week jury trial (United States v. Americus Mortg. Corp., No. 12 Civ. 2676, 2017 WL 4117347 (S.D.N.Y 2017), aff’d sub nom. United States v. Hodge, 933 F.3d 468 (5th Cir. 2019))
  • Secured $1.2 billion settlement of mortgage fraud claims against Wells Fargo (United States v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No 12 Civ. 7527 (S.D.N.Y 2015))
  • Defended the United States against AIG’s claim for a $306 million refund of taxes and penalties (AIG, Inc. v. United States, No. 09 Civ. 1871 (S.D.N.Y.))
  • Secured settlement of first ever assessment by FinCEN against a financial institution’s Chief Compliance Officer (Treasury v. Haider, No. 15 Civ. 1518 (D. Minn))
  • Secured $70 million settlement of FinCEN assessment against US Bank for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (Treasury v. U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 18 Civ. 1358 (S.D.N.Y.))
  • Obtained injunction against attorney who promoted tax shelters worth $130 million (United States v. Levine, No. 14 Civ. 4057 (S.D.N.Y.))
  • Won summary judgment disallowing a $4 million tax deduction (Partita Partners LLC v. United States, 216 F. Supp. 3d 337 (S.D.N.Y. 2016))
  • Litigated a Title VII claim against the N.Y.C. Department of Education for a high school principal’s systematic discrimination against all of the black teachers she supervised (United States v. N.Y.C. Dep’t of Educ., No. 16 Civ. 4291 (S.D.N.Y))



  • Law clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Honors & Awards

D.C. Rising Star, National Law Journal, 2020

New York Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020-2021

John Marshall Award for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence


Columbia Law School, J.D.

James Kent & Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review

University of Chicago, M.A.

Amherst College, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • District of Columbia
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