Danielle Hayes
Jun 23, 2017

In Memoriam: Danielle Dellerson Hayes

December 26, 1979-June 22, 2017

We pay tribute to our friend and colleague Danielle Dellerson Hayes, who valiantly fought a rare form of bile duct cancer for the past year before passing away June 22, 2017 at the age of 37.

Danielle joined McGuireWoods three years ago and immediately brightened the work environment as well as the attitudes of our tax policy clients. She was a model of comprehensive health for all of us—diet, exercise, embracing the outdoors, and life balance.

In a short period of time, Danielle built a robust practice at McGuireWoods Consulting (MWC). She was critical to bringing a coalition of publicly-traded timber REITs to the firm in 2014 to advocate for them in the emerging tax reform debate. That work led to her securing the representation of the entire privately-owned timber industry (National Alliance of Forest Owners) for the past two years. An incredible advocate, strategist, and writer, Danielle became the face of MWC to the entire timber industry and served them well. Danielle also served TIAA and a wide range of other clients during her three years at the firm.

While at McGuireWoods, Danielle married Jamie Hayes and embraced family life, especially Jamie’s daughter Emma, whom she would occasionally bring to the office. The love Emma and Danielle had for each other was evident. During every Girl Scouts cookies season, Danielle would gently force us to purchase boxes of cookies from Emma. 


As soon as her cancer was diagnosed last year, Danielle waged a battle against it not only for herself, but for others, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research. She recruited numerous McGuireWoods colleagues and personal friends to bike for research dollars. Passionate in all she does, Danielle even took her battle to the local news station (see video here).


“I admired Danielle for her ability to develop a relationship with anyone and the loyalty she demonstrated to her friends and clients,” said Washington partner Russ Sullivan, who hired Danielle both at the Senate Finance Committee and at McGuireWoods.

When it became clear that her battle was almost complete, Danielle returned to her native Montana to see family and friends and breathe the fresh Montana air.

We at McGuireWoods celebrate the life and heart of Danielle Dellerson Hayes.