Paul T. Hayden

Interim Dean
Thomas V. Girardi Professor of Consumer Protection Law

BA, cum laude, with distinction, Yale University
JD, University of California Los Angeles, Order of the Coif 


Paul T. Hayden has been a member of the Loyola Law School faculty since 1995, concentrating his teaching and writing on tort law and legal ethics.  After law school he clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for the Honorable J. Spencer Letts of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  He worked as a litigation associate in the downtown Los Angeles office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, then in the Westwood firm of Boren, Sloan & Rosen, before beginning his teaching career at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.  At I.U. he twice won the “Professor of the Year” award, given by students to the most outstanding teacher on the faculty, and was granted tenure there. 

Since coming to Loyola, Professor Hayden has authored or co-authored a four-volume torts treatise, The Law of Torts; several editions of four different casebooks in torts and legal ethics; and a number of law review articles.   He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility.  Hayden is admitted to practice before all courts in California, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and United States District Court for the Central District of California.  In 2012 he was named the first holder of the Thomas V. Girardi Chair in Consumer Protection Law.  He was appointed associate dean for faculty in 2013.

Public Service

  • Member, American Law Institute (elected 1998)
  • Member, ALI Consultative Groups, Restatement (Third) of Torts and Restatement (Third) of The Law of Consumer Contracts
  • Member, American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility 

Selected Scholarship

  • The Law of Torts (Thomson-West 2011) (4-volume treatise with annual supplements), with Dan B. Dobbs & Ellen M. Bublick.
  • Ethical Lawyering:  Legal and Professional Responsibilities in the Practice of Law (West 3d ed. 2012; 2d ed. 2007; 1st ed. 2003).
  • Torts and Compensation: Personal Accountability and Social Responsibility for Injury (West 7th ed. 2013; 6th ed. 2009; 5th ed. 2005; 4th ed. 2001; 3d ed. 1997) (3d to 5th eds. with Dan B. Dobbs; 6th ed. with Dobbs & Bublick).
  • Torts and Compensation, Concise Edition (West 7th ed. 2013; 6th ed. 2009) (with Dobbs & Bublick).
  • Global Issues in Tort Law (Thomson-West 2008) (with Julie A. Davies).
  • "Putting Ethics to the (National Standardized) Test: Tracing the Origins of the MPRE," 71 Fordham Law Review 1299 (2003).
  • "Butterfield Rides Again: Plaintiff's Negligence as Superseding or Sole Proximate Cause in Systems of Pure Comparative Responsibility," 33 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 887 (2000).
  • “Professorial Conflicts of Interest and ‘Good Practice’ in Legal Education,” 50 Journal of Legal Education 358 (2000).
  • "Applying Client-Lawyer Models in Legal Education," 21 Legal Studies Forum 301 (1997).
  • "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Law Professor: Some Cautionary Thoughts on Teaching Moral Lessons in the Professional Responsibility Course," 21 Legal Studies Forum 257 (1997).
  • "Reconsidering the Litigator's Absolute Privilege to Defame," 54 Ohio State Law Journal 985 (1993).
  • "Religiously Motivated 'Outrageous' Conduct: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress as a Weapon Against 'Other People's Faiths,'" 34 William & Mary Law Review  579 (1993).
  • "Cultural Norms as Law: Tort Law's 'Reasonable Person' Standard of Care," 15 Journal of American Culture 45 (1992).
  • "A Goodly Apple Rotten at the Heart:  Commercial Disparagement in Comparative Advertising as Common-Law Tortious Unfair Competition," 76 Iowa Law Review 67 (1990).