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San Luis Obispo Personal Injury Lawyer

Robert May was raised the oldest of five siblings in a blue-collar family on the Central Coast of California. Robert spent his teenage years working after school and each summer at the local cement plant where he would shovel an endless supply of sand and repair cement trucks. Robert soon decided that he would attend college and become the first member of his family to obtain a college degree. His dream was to attend Cal Poly SLO after his grandfather, Bob May, who worked at the San Luis Mill for more than thirty years, took Robert to the campus.


After graduating from Righetti High School, Robert fulfilled his dream when he attended and graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Finance. After college, Robert and his wife moved to San Diego County so Robert could attend law school at California Western School of Law.


Upon graduation from law school, Robert began his legal career with Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. There, because of his knack for litigation, he became the lead litigation attorney, handling only high value cases. As a result, Robert obtained extensive experience in litigating complex, high value personal injury cases. Robert has separated himself from other attorneys by focusing on the specific needs of each client, as his motto has always been to treat clients like family.


During the course of his career, Robert has resolved numerous six and seven figure cases. Recently, Robert resolved multiple million dollar cases for his clients. Robert is admitted to practice in the State of California, is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Luis Obispo Bar Association, The American Inns of Court, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


The May Firm is a law firm dedicated to handling only personal injury cases on behalf of injured individuals and their loved ones. The May Firm is the realization of Robert’s goal to return to his roots on the Central Coast to practice law and raise his family.  Today, Robert is proud to consider himself a Santa Maria Injury Attorney.


Outside of the practice of law, Robert enjoys spending time with family, traveling and surfing around the worlk.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
    9 years, 350 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    9 years, 50 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    9 years, 400 cases



Contingent (100%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ryan Daniel Buchanan

    Robert May is an excellent attorney and experienced litigator. I endorse him without reservation. .


    Ryan Buchanan Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The May Firm

297 Santa Rosa Street, Suite B
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405

The May Firm

111 N. Vine Street
Santa Maria, CA, 93454

The May Firm

8050 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 300
Fresno, CA, 93711

The May Firm

629 State Street #228
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

The May Firm

701 E. Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA, 93001

The May Firm

4900 California Street
Tower B, 2nd Floor
Bakersfield, CA, 93309




Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 2015


    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyThe May Firm2009 - Present
AttorneyHarris Personal Injury Lawyers2005 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2011 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2010 - Present
Ventura County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
San Luis Obispo County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Inns of CourtAssociate2009 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidental SettementConfidential Settlemement
$700,000 - Auto Accident - Rear EndedSettlement: $700,000.00
$2,300,000.00 - Mediated Settlement: Rear End Collision$2,300,000.00
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Verdictsearch publicationGibbs & Davis v. Garcia, SDG&E2010
The Los Angeles Daily JournalGibbs, Davis v. Garcia, SDG&E2010
Verdict SearchCortez v. Tavasci2009
Los Angeles Daily JournalCortez v. Tavasi2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Luis Obispo Bike ClubBicycle LawsN/A

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