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     Attorney Jon May defends individuals and institutions accused of
serious violations of federal law, including: health care fraud;
mortgage fraud; money laundering; mail and telemarketing fraud; and
racketeering. He handles cases before the Federal Courts throughout the
United States. Mr. May has been counsel in cases that have been covered
by the national and international media including the defense of
General Manuel Noriega.


Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 50%
    35 years
  2. Federal Crime: 50%
    35 years

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Wrongful death Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr

    Jon is a cut above most criminal defense lawyers. He is brilliant and a tenacious advocate. In the case in which we were recently associated, he won the criminal trial in a complex multi-national money laundering prosecution. When I have my choice to associate co-counsel, I choose Jon. He is a pleasure to work with and delivers. His work to improve the criminal justice system in white collar cases is also highly laudable.


    Cynthia Orr Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

May & Cohen P.A.

4000 Hollywood Blvd.
Suite. 555-S
Hollywood, FL, 33021


FLMember in Good Standing197906/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Presidential CommendationNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Presidential CommendationNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Presidential Commendation AwardNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMay & Cohen P.A.1986 - Present
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorneys Office1981 - 1985
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender's Office1979 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersChairman, White Collar Crime Section2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice-Chair White Collar Crime Committee2007 - 2008
American Bar AssociationCo-Chair Defense Function/Services Committee2005 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
The ChampionStopping the Train Before it Leaves the Station: Convincing Prosecutors Not to Charge Your Client2012
The ChampionThe New British Invasion: Will the UK Bribery Act of 2010 Eclipse the FCPA?2012
Stetson Law ReviewCorporate Criminal Liability and the Threat to Civil Liberty2012
Daily Business ReviewIRS Whistleblower Program needs refining for success2012
Daily Business ReviewAre U.S. Corporations becoming the World's Police2011
Criminal Justice MagazineAdvising the Grand Jury Witness: When Talk is Not Cheap, Criminal Justice Magazine2008
The ChampionHelping Jurors Understand What Instructions Don't--the Law2008
The Champion magazineMoney Laundering Defense After Santos and Regalado Cuellar2008
The Champion magazineMoney Laundering Defense After Santos and Cuellar2008
The ChampionDeconstructing Daubert, Rule 702 and Non-Scientific Evidence2007
Criminal Justice magazine (ABA)Countering Hindsight Bias in White Collar Prosecutions, Criminal Justice Magazine2006
The Champion magazineQueen for a Day—From Hell, The Champion2006
The Champion magazineStatutory Construction: Not for the Timid, The Champion2006
The Champion magazineStaying Luce2003
International QuarterlyForeign Criminal Investigations and Access to U.S. Records under 28 U.S.C. Section 17821989
The ChampionPretrial Detention: Turning a Shield into a Sword1986
Nova Law ReviewPinkerton v. United States Revisited: A Defense of Accomplice Liability1983
Florida Bar JournalThe Use of Post Arrest Silence for Impeachment1983
Florida Bar JournalAttacking Presumptions in the Criminal Trial1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawCriminal LawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Emory UniversityPolitical Science/HistoryBA1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Second Annual Defending Drug Cases SeminarEthics and Fees2009
Cutting Edge Criminal DefenseThe Seven Principles of Effective Plea Bargaining2007
Hispanic National Bar Association ConferenceHead of State Immunity1996
Seminar on The Alleged Transnational Criminal, MadridState Sponsored Kidnaping of Fugitives1993
Money Laundering Enforcement Update SeminarResponding to Subpoenas for Information from Bank Secrecy Countries1991
Seminar on International Law and Practice, Los Angeles and New YorkForeign Criminal Investigations and Access to US Records Under 28 U.S.C. 17821989