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May Lynn Harris

Tax Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as May L. Harris

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 7 years
    California - CA 23 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2016
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About May

Learn May’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Contracts, Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint-Ventures

    23 years

  2. Tax
    Tax Exempt Organizations

    23 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Corporate Formation, including Benefit & Flexible Purpose Corporations.

    23 years

  4. Estate planning
    Revocable Living Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney

    13 years

  5. Intellectual property
    Trademarks, Copyrights

    23 years

I believe in building lasting relationships with my nonprofit and social enterprise clients, while offering a personalized, purpose-driven approach to the legal services I provide.


No matter the issue, I make a point to listen to all prospective clients with the goal of identifying their specific needs, and then tailoring my legal advice to fit their purpose-driven goals, objectives, and strategies - whether they are an exempt entity or a social enterprise.


It is my goal to exceed my client's expectations, and provide relevant, knowledgeable and understandable counsel to my clients.


For Purpose Law Group (FPLG)
408 Nutmeg Street
San Diego, CA, 92103
For Purpose Law Group (FPLG)
213 S 2nd Street
Laramie, WY, 82070
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Posted by Jody | June 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience
Ms. Harris came to our aid while forming our nonprofit company in 2013. Without her and her expertise our humanitarian organization would not have been able to jump through all of the hoops to not only incorporate but to also receive 501(c)(3) status accurately and expeditiously. We came to her with our vision, our goals and believes, and she helped pave the way for us. We simply could not be what we are today without her and her expertise. I highly recommend May Harris and her firm to any nonprofit, either just forming or if you’re already formed and expanding.
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Posted by Nikki Hlavin | August 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Representation
May Harris is an excellent resource for nonprofit organizations! Her expertise is a great value to nonprofit organizations who are in need of assistance with legal compliance and governance disputes.
Posted by Jennings | July 14, 2014
We finally found an excellent attorney who is ethical, kind, and brilliant!
We are a professional staffing firm, and have used May Harris for our legal needs. Excellent job on trademark filings, contract reviews, created all of our agreements and exhibits, general business advice, etc. After going through several attorneys that we felt did not have our best interest, it was so refreshing to finally meet May. If there was a vendor/partner of the year award, it would be hers!
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Posted by Christine | February 9, 2013
Can't say enough how great it is working with May!
I have worked with May for over a year now and wish I had met her before starting my non-profit corporation on Legal Zoom. It would have cost about the same and been done much quicker with better personalization. I referred others to May to start their NPO and got excellent feed back. An attorney with a heart! A big one!


  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Managing Attorney
  • For Purpose Law Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Intellectual Property Associate
  • Invitrogen
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Executive Director
  • Kinder International Education Foundation
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Paralegal Instructor
  • Kaplan University
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate In House Counsel
  • OMM, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2002
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  • University of San Diego
  • MA - Masters
  • 2010
  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • AmeriWorks
  • Approved
  • Talent Acquisition Network
  • Approved
  • Benefunder
  • Approved


  • Social Enterprise Alliance
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • USA Rugby Trust
  • President of the Board
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Sports and Athletics Foundation
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Taxation Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section, Exempt Organizations Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Iaomai Medical Ministries
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • NDS Service Plaque
  • USA Rugby
  • 2017
  • Law Firm 500
  • #7 Fastest Growing Law Firm in the United States
  • 2017
  • NDS Presenter Award
  • USA Rugby
  • 2016
  • Attorney Mentor
  • Crawford Academy of Law
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Senator Joel Anderson
  • 2012
  • Excellence for the Future Award
  • CALI
  • 2000
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  • Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • The Modern Lanham Act and the Death of Common Sense
  • 2001
  • Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • "Scandalous" or "Disparaging" Should Make a Difference
  • 2001
  • Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • TRIPs: Historical Overview and Basic Principles
  • 2001
  • Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Problems with Prozac: A Defective Product Responsible for Criminal Behavior?
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hub Camps: The Nuts and Bolts of Local Food Distribution
  • Food Hubs: Legal Issues
  • 2015
  • Build a Better Business
  • Legal Considerations for Social Enterprises
  • 2015
  • Meeting of the Board
  • Tax Exemption and Board Development
  • 2014
  • Theatre Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Arts Nonprofit Organizations
  • 2013
  • Business Roundtable
  • Protecting Your Exempt Status
  • 2013
  • Business Roundtable
  • Purpose + Profit: The Rise of Social Enterprise
  • 2013
  • Ramona Trails Association Meeting
  • Board Fiduciary Duties
  • 2012
  • Cause Conference 2012
  • To "B" or not to "B": The Rise of Social Enterprise through L3C, Benefit and Flexible Purpose Corporations
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (15)
Endorse May
Business Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Harris has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. She pursues information and brilliant ways to help her client’s vision become a reality. She loves what she does. Every single one of her clients are being taken care of with the utmost care. Her staff is an assembly of dedicated professionals armed with the desire to provide only the best in customer service and customer satisfaction. My name is Ecleynne Mercy and I approve this message."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"May is an exceptional advisor and highly competent outside counsel to both non-profit and for-profit social enterprises alike. Her attention to detail is only surpassed by her passion for assisting purpose-oriented organizations achieve their potential."
Business Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"May Harris is extremely knowledgable about business and nonprofit law. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and I admire her dedication and passion for the nonprofit sector."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"May is very knowledgeable with respect to governance, compliance, and tax issues relevant to nonprofit organizations."
Business Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need a very qualified business lawyer in San Diego, you should reach out to Ms. Harris."
Tax Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have followed her posts on AVVO and the quality of her responses demonstrates and exceptional knowledge of non-profit law."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very competent and personable."
Tax Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"May is very knowledgeable and skilled with non-profit issues and taxation. I consider her a very valuable resource."
Business Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have just reviewed a particularly fine answer of Ms. Harris. It was accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Business Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I attended law school with May and can attest to her intelligence and diligence. I have followed her legal work since then and would trust her without question."
Business Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"May is the real deal! I have known her since law school. She is conscientious and hard-working and truly cares about her clients. I highly recommend her!!!"
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