From our offices in the Detroit area, Akeel & Valentine, PLC serves clients nationwide.

From our offices in the Detroit area, Akeel & Valentine, PLC serves clients nationwide.

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Hayden E. Pendergrass

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Troy, MI

Biography

Hayden is an associate attorney at Akeel & Valentine, PLC, and focuses on advancing the firm's mission of prosecuting fraud and corruption by holding the insurance and pharmaceutical industries accountable for their anticompetitive and fraudulent conduct. Hayden also supports the firm’s litigation efforts in whistleblower and civil rights cases. 

Before joining Akeel & Valentine, PLC, Hayden worked as a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where he learned the ins and outs of federal appellate litigation in a wide range of legal subject areas and cemented his legal writing and research skills.

Hayden graduated with Honors from the George Washington University Law School. He was an articles editor of the George Washington International Law Review and received awards at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court for his oral and written advocacy skills. Hayden is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 Civil Litigators. Hayden was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and is an alumnus of the "Great Books" program at St. John's College.

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2020
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Awards from the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court
  • St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland
    • Major: Liberal Arts

Current Employment Position

  • Associate

Practice Areas

  • Whistle Blower - Qui Tam
  • Antitrust
  • RICO
  • Civil Rights/Constitutional

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2021
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2022
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2022
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2022
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2022
  • Michigan, 2023
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2024

Past Positions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Staff Attorney, 2020 to 2022