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About Me

Barbara May has lived in the Monterey Peninsula nearly all of her life. She is a graduate of local Monterey High School and Monterey College of Law, and attended Monterey Peninsula College and Sonoma State University. Before receiving her juris doctorate and admission to the California Bar in 2002, she was a legal secretary and paralegal for over thirty years in Monterey County.

Before forming the Law Office of Barbara J. May, she was a partner in the firm of May & Garibay, LLP, and worked as an associate attorney at the Monterey firm of Bohnen, Rosenthal & Dusenbury, where she practiced civil litigation, family law, probate, conservatorship, and estate litigation.


Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 55%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Child Support: 10%
  4. Family: 5%
  5. Adoption: 5%



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Patricia Ann Boyes

    I met Barbara May in 1998 and she is an extremely competent, conscientious and hardworking lawyer who goes above and beyond for all of her clients. Anyone with family law issues would be well advised if they consulted with Barbara.


    Patricia Boyes Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jane Ellen Bednar

    I've known Barbara for more than 20 years. It's no surprise to me that she's built up a successful family law practice since graduating from Monterey College of Law. Not only is she smart and hard-working, but she's truly compassionate. A good lawyer with heart! I highly recommend her services.


    Jane Bednar Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of Barbara J. May

409 Washington St Ste 202 B
Monterey, CA, 93940-3054



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Family Law SpecialistCalifornia State Bar2014
Acheivement AwardWest Publishing2001
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Barbara J May2006 - Present
PartnerMay & Garibay2004 - 2006
AssociateBohnen, Rosenthal & Dusenbury2002 - 2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Harmony at HomeBoard Member2014 - 2015
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember2014 - Present
Monterey County Bar Association Family Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Monterey County Women Lawyers AssociationPast President2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Marriage of SimmonsCourt ordered a change of custody to father
Jaramillo v. J.H. Real Estate PartnersWon at trial court level and decision upheld on appeal
Marriage of MyersMother allowed to move with children
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Publication NameTitleDate
barbaramaylaw.comCan Your Child Testify in Court?2014
barbaramaylaw.comCalifornia Move Away and Relocation Cases2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Monterey COLLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Girls, Inc.Career Choices2008