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  • University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, J.D., 1978
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Jon May
Special Counsel
Miami Center, Suite 2600
201 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131-4341
305.679.5753 tel
305.679.5834 fax

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Jon May is special counsel in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense team, based in the firm's Miami office. He defends individuals and institutions accused of serious violations of federal law, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, mail and telemarketing fraud, mortgage fraud, racketeering, and violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act. Mr. May has tried cases before federal district courts throughout the United States and has represented individuals in appeals before various federal Circuit Courts of Appeals.  

Earlier in his career, Mr. May served as a federal prosecutor in Miami for four years before founding his own criminal defense firm, May & Cohen, P.A., based in the Miami, Florida area, where he practiced for nearly 30 years.  

He has previously served as the Chair of the White Collar Crime Section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a past Co-Chair of the Defense Function Services Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. 

Mr. May received his juris doctor degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. He is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Southern, Middle, and Northern District Courts of Florida.  

News

Presentations

  • "Corporate Criminal Liability and the Threat to Civil Liberty", May 29, 2013, West Ed. Center Webinar
  • Instructor, Second Annual White Collar Crime College, January 2013

Publications

  • "At the Tipping Point: Persuading the Prosecutor Not to Indict"
    American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Magazine, Spring 2013
  • "Stopping the Train Before it Leaves the Station: Convincing Prosecutors Not to Charge Your Client"
    The Champion, November 2012
  • "Corporate Criminal Liability and the Threat to Civil Liberties"
    Stetson Law Review, Fall 2012
  • "The New British Invasion, Will the UK Bribery Act of 2010 Eclipse the FCPA?"
    The Champion, March 2012

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Section Defense Function Services Committee)
  • The Florida Bar
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Former Chair, White Collar Crime Section)