Des Moines Office

Phone: (515) 244-0111
Direct: (515) 697-4262
Fax: (515) 244-8935
Email: Lorraine J. May

Paralegal:
Marie Morrison
Direct: (515) 697-4388

 

Lorraine J. May

Areas of Practice:

General Practice including but not limited to:

  • Insurance
  • Employment Law
  • Racing and Gaming Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, 1976
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 1976
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1976
  • United States Supreme Court, 1984

Education:

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1975
    • Order of the Coif, 1975
    • Associate Editor, Drake Law Review, 1975
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 1973

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Polk County Bar Association
    • President, Young Lawyers Section, 1981
    • Member, Ethics Committee, 1983-1986
    • Member, Board of Directors, 1981
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Governors, 1996-2000
    • Member, Grievance Committee, 1984-1987
  • American Judicature Society, 1975-1998
  • International Masters of Gaming Law
  • 2014 Lawyer of the Year - Insurance Law, Best Lawyers in America

Public Service:

  • Greater Des Moines Committee, 1997-2000
  • Drake University Law School Foundation, 1996-1999
  • United Way
    • Board of Directors, 1999-2001
  • Iowa Council for International Understanding
    • Board of Directors, 1997-2001
  • Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors, 1985-1989
  • Greater Des Moines Y.W.C.A.
    • Executive Committee, 1983-1989
  • Des Moines Club
    • Board Of Directors, 1986-89
    • Membership Committee, 1981
    • Entertainment Committee, 1985
  • Home Health Aid & Mobile Meals, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, 1978-1984
    • Vice-President, 1983-1984
  • Iowa Society to Prevent Blindness
    • Board of Directors, 1984-1986
  • Greater Des Moines Montessori Association
    • Board of Directors, 1978-1980
  • Montessori Advanced Programs, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, 1992-1993 and President, 1992-1993
  • Des Moines Sister City Special Events Coordinator for Japanese Arts Festival, 1981
  • Nexus
    • Member and Past President
  • The Business Record
    • Former Member of Advisory Board
  • Plymouth Congregational Church
    • Former Member, Choir Guild
    • Former Sunday School Teacher
  • Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, 1989-1995
    • Chair of the Commission, 1992-1994
  • Governor's Gaming Study Panel, Fall 1993
    • Co-Chairperson
  • United Negro College Fund
    • Chair for Individual Contributions, 1991
  • Drake University Law Endowment Trust
    • Board of Directors, 1993-1997
  • Iowa Environmental Council Board, 2010 to present

Honors and Awards:

  • 2017 Service Award, Outgoing Board Member, Iowa Board of Chiropractic
  • 2017 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017-1991 Martindale-Hubbell A.V. Rating, 5.0 of 5.0
  • 2010-2016 Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2011-2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2007 Iowa Super Lawyers

Published Works:

  • Conditional Receipts - Brown v. Equitable Life Insurance Co., 60 Wis. 620, 211 N.W.2d 431 (1973), 23 Drake Law Review, Vol. 4, 829-834 (1974)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Numerous seminars for lawyers and businesses on insurance, business, and workers' compensation topics