Michael C. May

Managing Partner

Michael C. May, founding and managing partner of May Law, is an aggressive litigator who has represented clients in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in civil and criminal matters. He has experience in all manner of litigation, having represented both businesses and individuals as plaintiffs and defendants.  He has been honored by Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” from 2012 to the present.

 

Mr. May is equally comfortable in the practice of business litigation, employment law, domestic relations/family law, and criminal law. He is licensed to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; he is also a proud member of the Virginia and Prince William Bar Associations. Mr. May is fluent in Spanish and has assisted the Firm in numerous litigation matters where such fluency has been required.

 

In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. May spent nine years (2007-2016) serving his home community as an elected member of the Board of County Supervisors in Prince William County, Virginia. In both 2010 and 2014, he was selected by his fellow supervisors as Vice Chairman of the county-wide board.  In this capacity on the Board, he helped oversee the budget for Virginia’s second largest county of almost 450,000 residents. Mr. May was honored to receive the Human Rights Award from the PWC Human Rights Commission in 2012.

 

Mr. May’s interest in law and politics was sparked as a West Springfield High School volunteer on the campaign of Honorable David B. Albo (41st District House of Delegates), who would become a political and legal mentor.  He went on to double-major in Spanish and Government at The College of William & Mary (1998).  Mr. May became Legislative Aide to Hon. Albo, running campaigns for him and other Northern Virginia elected officials.  He attended George Mason School of Law and Economics at night while working on Capitol Hill for his Congressman, Rep. Tom Davis (VA-11), and was awarded the Bryce Harlow Foundation Scholarship in his final year of law school (2004); he later served as a Moot Court judge.  Mr. May was the first staffer to field a Prince William congressional district office in Woodbridge, where he later moved, married, and raised three kids.  

 

Mr. May dedicated countless hours to public service as a member of the Lake Ridge Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce, and appointed representative to his county’s Social Services Board.  He served on the Prince William Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors (Vice-Chairman, Program and Ex-Officio Director) and as At-Large Planning Commissioner in Prince William County, advising the Board of Supervisors on land use planning and zoning law.  He also spent seven years as Chairman of the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission. 

 

In recognition of his political experience, Mr. May has been a featured speaker at the IRI’s Civil Governance Trainings in both Mexico and Nicaragua, where he shared his knowledge on campaign approach, messaging, and community political activism.

 

During his tenure in public service, Mr. May has been regarded as a tireless advocate for his constituents, and he brings this same passion to representing his clients, no matter how big or small their case.  He enjoys every legal challenge in practice with his partner and wife, Amelia.

 

Honors:            

Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine (2018, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012).

Human Rights Award, Prince William County Human Rights Commission (2012).  

Bryce Harlow Foundation Scholar  (2004-2003).

Guest Speaker, IRI Civil Governance Trainings in Mexico and Nicaragua  (2008 and 2007)

 

Public Service:                      

Prince William Board of County Supervisors (This is the elected government for Prince William County, Virginia.  The County consists of a handful of “districts” which elects a representative, called a “supervisor” to the Board).

-Vice Chairman (2014, 2010)

-Occoquan District Supervisor, Prince William County (2016-2007)

Prince William Board of County Supervisors (This is the elected government for Prince William County, Virginia. The County consists of a handful of “districts” which elects a representative, called a “supervisor” to the Board).

Vice Chairman (2014, 2010)

Occoquan District Supervisor, Prince William County (2016-2007)

Prince William County Planning Commission (This appointed body advises the Board of Supervisors on land use planning and zoning law).

-At-Large Planning Commissioner (2006-2004)

Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission

Chairman (2016-2009)

Prince William County Social Services Board (2004-2003)

Prince William Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors

-Former Vice-Chairman and Program Director

-Ex-Officio Director

Member, Knights of Columbus (2008 to present)

Member, Lake Ridge Lions Club (2001 to present)

Member, Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce (2001 to present)

Virginia State Bar (An agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia, this organization regulates the practice of law in Virginia).

Prince William County Bar Association (This is a voluntary bar association of Prince William County’s lawyers and judges).

Arlington County Bar Association (This is a voluntary bar association of Arlington’s lawyers and judges).

Moot Court Judge – GMUSL (2005)

 

Publications:

 “Working Remotely Was Not Reasonable,” HR Magazine, December 2006 Vol. 51 No 12.

“3rd Circuit: Back pay is available under ADA only for wrongful discharge,” SHRM Court Report (Dec. 29, 2006);

“11th Circuit: Sexual Harassment is viewed by totality of circumstances,” SHRM Court Report (Dec. 1, 2006);

“7th Circuit: Medical certification requirement did not amount to discrimination,” SHRM Court Report (Nov. 3, 2006);

“DC Circuit: FECA remains exclusive remedy for work-related injuries,” SHRM Court Report (Oct. 20, 2006).

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