Lorraine May has been practicing law in Iowa since 1976. Throughout her career, Lorraine has practiced law in both the state and federal courts of Iowa, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Her case work has included everything from personal injury litigation and contract disputes to gross negligence claims, declaratory judgment actions, and she has represented both employees and employers. In addition, Lorraine continues to represent a number of local businesses in their corporate and employment issues, and is counsel for several national and international gaming companies.
Lorraine has served on the Board of Governors for the Iowa State Bar Association, and is a former chair of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. She is currently the president of the Iowa Environmental Council and is a member of the Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations.
Iowa, 1976United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 1976United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1976United States Supreme Court, 1984
InsuranceEmployment LawRacing and Gaming Law
President, Young Lawyers Section 1981
Member, Ethics Committee 1983-1986
Member, Board of Directors 1981
Member, Board of Governors 1996-2000
Member, Grievance Committee 1984-1987
Activities: Order of the Coif, 1975; Associate Editor, Drake Law Review, 1975
2021 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2020 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2019 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers2018 Selected to Best Lawyers in America
2017 Service Award, Outgoing Board Member, Iowa Board of Chiropractic
2017 Selected to Best Lawyers in America2017 Great Plains Super LawyerMartindale-Hubbell Preeminent A.V. Rating 5.0 of 5.0
2010-2016 Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
2016 Great Plains Super Lawyer2014 Lawyer of the Year - Insurance Law, Best Lawyers in America
2011-2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers
2007 Iowa Super Lawyers
Lorraine grew up in the Sandhills of Western Nebraska and attended a small school with multi-class classrooms. In her free time, Lorraine enjoys travel, cooking, reading, gardening, playing piano, learning the cello and spending time with her family. Lorraine and her husband Tom have been married for nearly 45 years. Tom is a retired actuary, and they are proud parents of three daughters.
Whitney graduated from Yale and spent a year in Russia as part of the Fulbright Program. She has a two-year master’s degree in comparative government from Oxford and graduated from Harvard Law School. Whitney is married to Andrew Roberts who is completing his medical residency, and together they have two children, Sophie and Ben.
Kelsey graduated from Carlton College and is a software engineer in Minneapolis. Kelsey is married to Adam, who is also a software engineer. In their free time, they adopt lost/needy/homeless animals with every extra penny.
Alex graduated from MIT, has a Master’s degree from Oxford University and a medical degree from Vanderbilt University. Alex is currently in her third year of ophthalmology residency. Alex is married to John Mason, a musician who plays bass guitar for Darius Rucker.
Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, 1989-1995Chair of the Commission, 1992-1994
Governor's Gaming Study Panel, Co-Chairperson, Fall 1993
Iowa Environmental Council
Board of Directors 2010 to present
Greater Des Moines Committee, 1997-2000
Drake University Law School Foundation, 1996-1999
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
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
Member and Past President
The Business Record
Former Member of Advisory Board
Plymouth Congregational Church
Former Member, Choir Guild
Former Sunday School Teacher
Drake University Law Endowment Trust
Board of Directors, 1993-1997