More About John

Meet John Hayden - a multifaceted attorney, dedicated family man, outdoor enthusiast, and strategic thinker. With an innovative mindset and a rich background spanning law, business, education, and IT, John is not your typical lawyer.

A cum laude graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, John holds a Juris Doctor and Law and Business Certificate. His academic journey began at Spring Arbor University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, igniting a lifelong passion for systematic thinking and problem-solving.

John's legal career began at Nichols Kaster, where he played a pivotal role in class action ERISA cases and civil rights litigation. He later joined a boutique law firm as an Associate, engaged in complex plaintiff state and federal litigation across diverse areas, including First Amendment, Equal Protection, and workplace discrimination. He excels in legal document drafting, business development, and enhancing organizational competitiveness through tech solutions.

Prior to law, John was an IT Project Manager for Turnberry Solutions, where he managed multi-million-dollar global tech projects for companies like Cargill and Johnson & Johnson. This experience developed his adeptness at coordinating cross-functional teams and delivering excellent project outcomes.

Outside the courtroom and the office, John's dedication to service is reflected in his work as a Program Curriculum Consultant for Urban Strategies, and as a National Training Lead and Program Coordinator for Genesys Works. From teaching IT and workforce skills to at-risk youth to implementing leadership initiatives and cultivating corporate relationships, John's diverse experience underscores his commitment to community development.

John's passion extends beyond his professional life to his love for family and outdoor activities. He is a devoted husband to Jackie and a proud father to Teddy (9) and Leona (4). The family also includes a loyal dog, Sanders. He cherishes family hikes, camping trips, and his own leisure time is often spent on strategy games - a testament to his tactical mind.

John's experiences also include being an independent candidate for Minneapolis City Council in 2017, serving as a board member on various community councils, investing in blockchain startups, and contributing to the Mitchell Hamline Journal of Public Policy and Practice.

John's unique blend of experience and dedication to both his clients and his community defines his practice at Hayden Law, where he is constantly inspired to navigate the modern legal landscape with a fresh perspective. Whether it's supporting a startup, litigating a complex case, or advocating for equal rights, John's diverse background and forward-thinking approach ensure that he delivers legal solutions tailored to the unique needs of each client.

John is licensed in Minnesota.


Hayden Law, a pioneer in modern legal services, is devoted to welcoming the marginalized and exploring new frontiers, with empathy and forward-thinking solutions. The firm seeks to steadfastly serve the underserved, navigate uncharted territories, and set new benchmarks in legal practice. 


Hayden Law envisions a future where the firm stands at the forefront of providing legal services to underserved communities and emerging technology companies. This vision is rooted in a dedication to accessible legal services and technological innovation.


Compassionate Access for All: Hayden Law is committed to being a solution-provider in delivering quality legal services to those who traditionally find them out of reach. The firm believes that empathy and understanding are as crucial as legal prowess. This dedication to compassionate advocacy signifies a focus on the human aspect in every interaction and case, irrespective of the financial component.

AI/Tech Forward: Hayden Law champions the integration of cutting-edge technologies, such as AI and blockchain, to transform the client experience and boost service efficiency. The firm adopts the AGILE workflow methodology, mirroring approaches seen in the software industry. This approach values iterative enhancement and flexibility over static metrics. The primary goal is to offer innovative and tailored solutions that remain at the cutting edge of tech-driven advancements in the legal sector.

Mental Health is Paramount: Acknowledging the critical role of mental health in professional realms, Hayden Law pledges to foster an environment that upholds and nurtures mental well-being for both its team and its clients.


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