Alan A. May

Alan A. May

Kemp Klein

Recognized since 2011

Troy, Michigan

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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Alan May is a shareholder who is sought after for his experience in guardianships and conservatorships. He has written and lectured extensively and has taught classes at Wayne State University and Oakland University on these topics.

He was selected for inclusion in the 2007-2019 issues of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan and has been called by courts as an expert witness on issues of fees and by both plaintiffs and defendants as an expert witness in the area of probate and trust law. Mr. May maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys and he is listed in the area of Probate Law among Martindale-Hubbell’s Preeminent Lawyers. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Trusts and Estates as well as Litigation – Trusts & Estates (Copyright 2019 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC) and was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy. He has been included in the Best Lawyers listing since 2011. Additionally, Mr. May was selected by a vote of his peers to be included in DBusiness magazine’s list of 2017 Top Lawyers in the practice area of Trusts and Estates.

Mr. May was acting public administrator in Wayne County from 1979 to 1980 and has been a Wayne County public administrator since 1980. He has been a mediator in Oakland County Circuit Court since 1981, a court appointed referee in Wayne and Oakland County Probate Courts since 1969, and Special Assistant Attorney General in Michigan since 1971.

In addition, Mr. May was a commissioner of the Michigan Civil Services Commission from 1985 to 1990 and chairperson of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in 1984. He has been a member and president of the board of directors and executive board of the Detroit Regional National Conference for Community and Justice since 1979 and is a life member of the N.A.A.C.P.

Contact & Links


  • 201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 600
    Troy, MI 48084

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Troy (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

Bar and Court Admissions:

State Bar of Michigan, 1967
District of Columbia Bar, 1976


J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1966
B.A., University of Michigan, 1963


State Bar of Michigan (member, Probate and Trust Law Section)
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
Wayne County Probate Bar Association
The District of Columbia Bar Association

Other Activities:

The National Conference for Community and Justice (trustee and member of the executive board and vice chair; past president of the national organization); Michigan Health Maintenance Organization (member 1979-1981); licensed nursing home administrator in Michigan (1975-1980); president of Medical-Legal Seminars, Inc.; Founders Society, Detroit Institute of Arts (member since 1970); L. S. Charfoos Charitable Foundation (trustee); May Family Foundation (trustee); National Conference of Christians and Jews (trustee at large 1981-1983); American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (member of the Detroit executive committee 1982-1983); Temple Beth El (past president).

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