John M. May
Practice Areas

Acquisition and General Representation of Golf and Country Clubs
Trust and Estate Planning and Estate Administration
Real Property Acquisition, Development, Operation, and Disposition and Related Financing Transactions
Taxation
Mergers and Acquisitions

Mr. May represents developers as well as landlords and tenants in all types of real estate transactions including land acquisitions and sales, zoning and land use regulation, financing, development and leasing of office buildings, retail shopping centers, and mixed-use developments.  

Mr. May assists clients in the creation of succession planning strategies, including tax-efficient plans for transfers of ownership and control of the business either during the owner's lifetime or at death, for owners of privately-held businesses.  Further, after the death of a client, Mr. May works with families, businesses, and related professionals to ensure respect for and implementation of the client's plan.  With an advanced degree in tax law, Mr. May uses a proactive approach to estate planning situations, and his priorities include clear recommendations and efficient implementation.

His tax planning experience includes advising clients with respect to state and federal taxation of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies as well as advising clients on state and federal tax compliance issues.  Mr. May focuses on solutions and offers sophisticated advice that enables clients to meet their estate, tax, and business planning goals.

Education

Wake Forest University (B.A., 1970)
Wake Forest University (J.D, 1972)
New York University (L.L.M., Taxation, 1985)

Bar Admissions
State of North Carolina

Selected Professional and Civic Activities
Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law)
Director, Heart of North Carolina Megapark, Inc. (2011-present)
Chairman, Moore County Partners in Progress (2013-present)
Director, Moore County Partners in Progress (2002-present)
Director, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina (2010-present)
Trustee, North Carolina Hospital Association (2010-present)
Member, Disciplinary Hearing Committee, North Carolina State Bar (2003-2007)
Member, Business Law Council, North Carolina Bar Association (2000-2003)
Chairman, Board for Continuing Legal Education, North Carolina State Bar (2000-2001)
Member, Board for Continuing Legal Education, North Carolina State Bar (1995-2001)
Councilor, North Carolina State Bar (1990-1995)
Member, Real Property Law Council, North Carolina Bar Association (1981-1983)
Chairman, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc. (1995-1997, 2004-2005)
Director, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc. (1995-2002, 2003-present)
Director, Moore Regional Hospital, Inc. (1991-1996, 2004-2005)
Chairman, Moore Regional Hospital, Inc. (1995-1996)
President, The Country Club of North Carolina, Inc. (1993-2002)
Director, The Country Club of North Carolina, Inc. (1988-2002)
Wake Forest University School of Law Alumni Council (2004-2007)
Wake Forest University Alumni Council (1987-1990)
 
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