James Hays is a Vice President in the Real Estate Group, focusing on legal and compliance matters related to Blackstone Real Estate Partners.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Hays was an associate in the private funds group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he advised private fund sponsors on fund formation, internal arrangements, strategic acquisitions, and other aspects of alternative asset management. Before Simpson Thacher, Mr. Hays was a law clerk to the Hon. Edward R. Korman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Mr. Hays received a BA, with honors, from Southern Methodist University, and a JD, summa cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.