Bruce B. May

Bruce B. May

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC

Recognized since 1983

Phoenix, Arizona

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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Mr. May has devoted his entire career to all aspects of the law and practice of complex real estate, finance, and commercial transactions throughout the country. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and Southwest Super Lawyers® in the category of real estate since the inception of both.

Mr. May was elected as a Fellow in The American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) in honor of his state-wide and national accomplishments and is an active member of the Leasing and Acquisition Committees.

Looking to Mr. May’s extensive experience, he has been interviewed, his opinions sought, and comments quoted by prominent newspapers and a syndicated radio program regarding events of national significance affecting the real estate industry.

Mr. May has made several recent presentations about status on commercial leasing, particularly those arising from COVID-19.In the course of such representation, he has developed specific expertise, in addition to his broad real estate experience, in:

  • Complex leasing for retail, office, industrial and other uses
  • Title insurance, coverages, endorsements and claims
  • Broker licensing and regulated activities
  • State and local tax issues arising from real estate transactions
  • State constitutional “gift clause” prohibitions
  • Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET)
  • Federal, state and local subdivision laws
  • Historical archeological burial sites; wetlands; protected species, habitat, and native plants; and other related environmental issues that impact real estate projects
  • Lease enforcement and commercial lock-outs
  • Enforcement of security instruments through receiverships and trustee sales
  • Native American tribal law, practice, and procedure
  • Community Facilities Districts (CFD)
  • Construction law, contractor licensing and mechanic’s liens
  • Condominium and master-planned community acts


  • One East Washington Street, Suite 1900
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-2554


  • University of Oregon , J.D., graduated 1978
  • Princeton University, A.B., graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1978


  • American Bar Association - Former Chair, Broker and Brokerage Committee
  • American Bar Association - Former Chair, Regulation of Land Sales Committee
  • American Bar Association - Former Chair/Former Vice Chair, Real Property Division Committees devoted to the Division's organization
  • International Council of Shopping Centers - Member
  • Lambda Alpha International - Member (2016 - present)
  • Phoenix Art Museum - Member, Contemporary Art Forum (2005 - 2008)
  • Phoenix Community Alliance - Member (2004 - present)
  • The American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) - Fellow, Leasing Committee (1991 - present)
  • Valley Partnership - Member (2004 - 2006)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (1978)

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC
Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona

39 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Full Firm Profile

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law


  • AV PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated
  • Listed, International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2013)
  • Listed, International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers (2013 – 2020)
  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers (2007 – 2020) in the category of Real Estate: Business

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