Hayes K. Stanton

Attorney at Law

Hayes Stanton is a shareholder in the firm’s litigation department.  His practice focuses on domestic or family law, general civil litigation, such as personal injury, as well as criminal defense, including DUI and traffic offenses.  Hayes is also certified to act as a Guardian Ad Litem in contested custody disputes throughout the State of South Carolina as well as being certified as a South Carolina Family Court Mediator.

Hayes was born in Hartsville, South Carolina in 1981, and graduated from Hartsville High School in 2000.  Thereafter, he attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2004.  While a student, Hayes was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity for which he served as an officer (Number V) and philanthropy chair.  He was also the recipient of the Professor Charles Edward Cauthen Scholarship Award which is given annually to a member of the senior class.  During his college summers, Hayes lived and spent his time on the beaches of Pawleys Island.

 In 2007, Hayes graduated from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law where he was a member of the Palmetto Law Society and served as a peer leader during Orientation.  While attending law school, Hayes clerked during the summers with the Bell Legal Group in Georgetown, South Carolina.

After graduation, Hayes returned to Darlington County where he completed a one-year clerkship with the Honorable John M. Milling of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.

In August of 2008, Hayes moved back to the Grand Strand and began private practice with Harris and Lenoard, P.A. in Myrtle Beach.  Then, in 2011, Hayes joined the Bellamy Law Firm, becoming a shareholder in January of 2017.

Hayes is active in his community (both in Horry and Georgetown Counties), including attending services and activities at All Saints Church in Pawleys Island.  Hayes, his wife, Molly, their three children, and their dog live in Murrells Inlet.  When not practicing law, Hayes enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, playing golf and tennis, relaxing on the beach, and traveling.


Hartsville, South Carolina


University of South Carolina, J.D. (2007); Wofford College, B.A., Government (2004, summa cum laude)


South Carolina (2007); North Carolina (2012)


  • Horry County Bar Association, Former Officer and President (2014)
  • Georgetown County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, 15th Judicial Circuit, Resolution of Fee Disputes Board (2017-present)
  • Past Member, SC Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee (2019)
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Coastal American Inn of Court

Practice Areas:

  • Family Law                  
  • Personal Injury
  • DUI, Traffic, and Criminal Defense