- Special Counsel
Jon May is special counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. He defends individual and institutional clients accused of serious violations of federal law.
Jon defends individuals and institutions targeted in government investigations and law-enforcement actions alleging violations of federal law, including healthcare fraud and the False Claims Act, securities fraud, money laundering, mail and telemarketing fraud, mortgage fraud, racketeering, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, among other statutes. He has tried cases before federal district courts throughout the United States and has represented individuals in appeals before various federal circuit courts of appeals.
Jon has practiced law in South Florida and across the country for more than 40 years. He began his career as a state public defender, and then served as a federal prosecutor before founding his own criminal defense firm, May & Cohen, PA, based in the Miami area. He has been counsel in numerous high-profile cases that have been covered by the national and international media and has represented executives of national and multinational corporations in investigations by state and federal authorities.
Cases in which he has served as trial and appellate counsel have extended the rights of the accused, limited the power of the federal government, and involved some of the most fundamental questions of criminal law and civil liberties. Jon was quoted by the US Supreme Court in Kaley v. United States, 571 U.S. 320, 336 n.12 (2014).
Jon’s work has been featured in the Journal of the American Bar Association and his bylined articles regularly appear in The Champion (the journal of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and Criminal Justice Magazine (the journal of the ABA Criminal Justice Section). He is also regularly sought after for his commentary on criminal defense issues of note. He has previously served as 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.