Experienced Nashville Defense Firm
Attorney Roger May
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • TN Bar Foundation
  • Trial Lawyers College
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Nashville's Top Lawyers by The Tennessean
  • Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee by Nashville Business Journal
  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • Super Lawyers
  • "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubble
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Roger May

  • Profile
  • Credentials

Experienced as a criminal defense attorney, an assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee and an Assistant District Attorney General for Davidson County, Roger T. May at the law office of May McKinney represent those in Nashville, Tennessee and the Middle Tennessee area. Admitted to practice in Tennessee since 1971, Mr. May has extensive experience handling cases for some of the area’s most visible athletes, entertainers and citizens.

A member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Mr. May also served as the treasurer, secretary and member of the board of directors for the Nashville Bar Association. He currently handles all matters of criminal defense in both state and federal court.

Mr. May earned a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1968, then went on to Vanderbilt University Law School to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1971. Since then, he has received many awards and honors such as being named in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.

With previous employment experience in both private practice and on both sides of the courtroom, Mr. May has built an impeccable reputation for his legal representation.

Professional Memberships

  • Nashville Bar Association – Member
    • Board of Directors 1980-1982 and 1996-1998
    • Secretary, 1990
    • Treasurer, 1991
    • Vice-President, 1998
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and TN Bar Foundation
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Member
    • Board of Directors at Large, 1983-1984


  • Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best 101 Lawyers in Tennessee by Tennessee Business Journal for Criminal Defense Super Lawyers
  • Nashville’s Top Lawyers by The Tennessean
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubble
  • May | McKinney, 2017-present
  • May, Hagan & Todd, PLLC, 2015-2017
  • May & Ryan, 2007-2014
  • Willis & Knight, 2000-2007
  • Solo Practitioner, 1985-2000
  • Manier, Herod, Hollabaugh and Smith, 1981-1985
  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1979-1981
  • Assistant District Attorney General, Davidson County, Tennessee, 1974-1979

Military Service

  • United States Marine Corps, 1968-1974
    • Captain, JAG Corps
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence Vanderbilt University - Graduate School Nashville, TN 1971
  • Bachelor of Arts Vanderbilt University - University Nashville, TN 1968

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