For almost as long as he can remember, Patrick Hayes has been drawn to the river. He grew up in a home in Anderson Township with a panoramic view of the Ohio River. And after his mother sold the house, after his father died, he often would retreat to a park down the street from their new place, where he could watch the sunlight glint on the river from another perspective.
“There was a park nearby, at the end of Golden Avenue, where I’d go when I was feeling frustrated or missing Dad and hang out. Sometimes, I’d read or write. Sometimes, I’d just sit and think. And the river was always there. The constancy of its eternal nature felt reassuring during what was a traumatic time in my life. It reminded me of happy memories with Dad.”
“I’m the youngest of five and was the only one left at home at the time. It was just Mom and me in that big house. Emotionally, I had to grow up pretty fast so I could be there for her. Years after his death, I never lost that ability to connect with others emotionally, and it’s something I’ve been lucky to carry with me throughout my life.”
Patrick used the experience of his father’s passing as a conduit to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether it’s been serving as a mentor for young adults at the American Youth Foundation or race director for the Superhero Run For Kids benefitting ProKids, Patrick is serious about wanting to leave the world a better place.
Patrick believes that our attitude and effort are choices we make each day. People often tell him his enthusiasm is contagious. He maintains active friendships from high school at St. X, college at John Carroll and Notre Dame, and law school at UC. He played football through his sophomore year at John Carroll and continues that active lifestyle today. He works out daily, whether he’s cycling, swimming, running or lifting. Patrick never backs down from a challenge – he once ran a marathon to win the heart of the girl he would marry. He says he is an intense competitor.
He and his wife, Sara, who was born in Paraguay, welcomed the arrival of their first child, Aislinn Cora, in November 2017. Sara is a kindergarten teacher for the Sycamore school district.
Patrick’s uncle, Tom Hayes, helped steer him to a career in law. Its flexibility and versatile nature provided Patrick the opportunity to continue his service of others, now into his professional life.
“People often think of attorneys as the ‘No police.’ The truth is, I’m here to help you enhance the services you’re providing your clients. I began my career as a litigator. Now, as a counselor, I get to play the role of strategic partner, helping my clients build their businesses, their lives, and their dreams.”
Patrick Hayes serves as investment management counsel at Graydon. In this role, Patrick assists in the development and administration of compliance programs for registered investment advisers and investment companies, including institutional equity and fixed income firms, wealth management firms, mutual fund trusts, and private fund advisers. Patrick brings over ten years of legal, compliance, and financial services industry experience across a broad array of subject matters related to directing and maintaining compliance with federal and state securities laws.
Previously, Patrick served as Private Funds and Regulatory Compliance Officer for Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. In this role, Patrick was responsible for coordinating all regulatory filings of the adviser and managed Fort Washington and its subsidiaries by providing compliance oversight, regulatory guidance, and by instituting effective governance and risk management practices. He directed the effective integration of the Securities Act, Exchange Act, Investment Company Act, and Adviser’s Act into the adviser’s compliance program, and led all compliance efforts associated with the private equity division, private client group, financial planning, as well as its affiliated broker-dealer activities.
Patrick earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Barristers for outstanding ability in appellate advocacy. He received his BA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in English.
Patrick carries both the Series 7 and Series 24 securities licenses, and is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Patrick is the treasurer of the Cincinnati Bar Association and member of the CBA Executive Committee, as well as the chair of the Administration and Finance Committee. Patrick also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the National Society of Compliance Professionals Publications Committee, and the president of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association.