Featured Attorney Mazyar M. Hedayat
Mazyar M. Hedayat (“Maz”) earned his MBA in finance and corporate strategy from the University of Michigan before attending DePaul College of Law in 1995; his undergraduate studies were split between the Universities of Michigan and Chicago. Hedayat founded M. Hedayat & Associates after working for a Chicago-based firm.
M. Hedayat & Associates, P.C. represents clients from all over the country in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, real estate, estates, probate, foreclosures, workouts, purchases, sales, leases, construction, development, and litigation. Hedayat is also a title insurance agent, a business broker, and a holder of the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Internet Startup and Writing
In 1997, Hedayat was invited to the ABA’s Technology Task Force Symposium, and in 1999, he launched a lawyer-focused Internet startup, which debuted at the ABA Tech Show. His involvement in the legal IT world has resulted in long-lasting friendships with the founders of household names like FindLaw, Clio, Legal Match, JD Supra, ProLaw, and others.
Hedayat has written and spoken for the Chicago, DuPage, and Will County Bar Associations, as well as the ABA Tech Show, industry events, and educational publishers National Business Institute and Lorman. His work has included AI, Block-Chain for Lawyers, Mechanics Liens, Bonding, Tax Deeds, Title, Zoning, Dodd-Frank, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has published dozens of articles and maintained multiple blogs over the years, including a long-running column in Techno Lawyer (now known as Top Law).
Groups and Associations Hedayat spoke at the DuPage County Bar Association’s Mega Seminar, Real Estate Seminar, and was a member of the Court Advisory Committee on E-Filing. He was the Editor in Chief of the County Bar Brief at DCBA and led the Bankruptcy, Business, and Practice Management committees.
Hedayat has served on the Will County Bar Association’s Probate, Real Estate, and Civil Law committees. He also serves as the chair of the Law Practice Management Committee, where he has organized and hosted every annual conference since 2019, in addition to overseeing the LPM’s Internet presence.
Hedayat has also served on the ISBA’s Construction, Small Firm, Legal Technology, Real Estate, and Probate committees. In 2023 he published “Blockchain and AI –Revolutionizing Illinois Real Estate Practice” in the ISBA Real Estate Section newsletter.
Hedayat was named to the Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee in 2019, which he co-chaired until the conclusion of his tenure in 2022. He and his co-chair effectively reformed the committee, shortened monthly meetings, published bi-annual committee newsletters, and pioneered and managed the committee’s blog and LinkedIn profile while there.
Hedayat was chosen as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman in 2018 and campaigned for Will County Board. Maz was able to contribute to the smooth running of elections and polling in the 25th District as a Committeeman.
Awards and Recognitions Hedayat has received numerous distinctions, including Legal Match Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year, the Board of Directors Award from the DuPage County Bar Association, and numerous client-service awards.
“He is knowledgeable, patient, and very down-to-earth. He leads through example and what motivates us through him is doing all of this for the clients. He gives of himself, he gives freely, and is a phenomenal mentor,” said Trudi Ogden, Senior Paralegal at M. Hedayat & Associates, P.C.
Hedayat also believes in mentorship and community involvement: “The most essential thing any of us can do is to give back,” He said.
Outside of work, he is an enthusiastic biker who enjoys both road and off-road mountain biking. His family is his other passion; he and his wife Della have one son.
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