Makela A. Hayford
Makela A. Hayford

200 Public Square
Suite 2800
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Primary Practices

Makela A. Hayford is an Associate in Hahn Loeser’s Cleveland office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice area, where she handles complex commercial litigation disputes at all stages, including engaging and managing discovery, drafting pleadings, and researching and drafting dispositive motions and briefs.

Professional History

  • Associate, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2022 – present
  • Summer Associate, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, summer 2020 & 2021
  • First Amendment Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2021-2022
  • Judicial Extern for the Hon. Edmund Sargus, U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, summer 2020
  • Public Services Fellow, The Cleveland Foundation, 2018 -2019



Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 2022

Honors & Activities: Student Bar Association; President, 2L Senator, Black Law Students Association; President, Mock Trial: Constance Baker Motley Team, Midwest Regional Champions, 2021; John Wragg Kellogg Prize, Martin Luther King Award


Case Western Reserve, B. A., Sociology, 2018

Honors & Activities: Louis Stokes Congressional Black Caucus Scholar; African American Society, President; President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership

Community Involvement

National Lawyers Guild, Legal Observer


Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland, Volunteer Lawyer’s Program


Academy for Inclusive Leadership Development (AILD), Inaugural Cohort


African American Alumni Association Case Western Reserve University, Secretary


Case Western Reserve University School of Law Mentoring Alumni Program (MAP), Mentor

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Member


Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member