The May Firm

Posted on January 11, 2019
CategoryPersonal Injury
The May Firm

California’s Premiere Personal Injury Law Firm

Robert May founded The May Firm on the core principles he learned growing up in a loving hard-working blue-collar family in Santa Maria. The lessons he learned from his parents are abundantly apparent in the day-to-day operation of his firm. They instilled in Robert, and his four siblings, the sincere desire to help people to the best of their ability. By example and by encouragement, Robert’s parents also taught Robert and his siblings the value of a solid work ethic.

Robert’s father, a concrete salesman, took exceptionally good care of his customers, treating each one like family, and always going the extra mile to help them with whatever problem they had. Robert, and his brothers, follow in their father’s footsteps in the personal and exceptionally dedicated way they take care of their clients at The May Firm.

As you step in the door of the May Firm, you will immediately notice there’s a difference. You won’t encounter a stuffy overly-pretentious office space. Instead, you’ll enter an environment where you’ll immediately feel right at home. You will notice Robert’s surf board hanging on the wall and the photographs of him riding the big waves all over the world! You will be welcomed by the friendliest staff found in any law firm. They will treat you like family from the moment you meet them.

The most popular staff member with clients is Copper the dog, a super friendly Vizsla named after one of the main characters in Disney’s “The Fox & The Hound.” His red canine nose immediately recognizes every client and he is always happy to greet and comfort them. Even the delivery people love him! While Cooper loves everyone, his primary human is Cameron May, Robert and Garrett’s younger brother, who works as a senior case manager at the firm.

With deep roots on the Central California Coast, going back four generations, Robert knew exactly where he wanted to establish his law firm. Robert wanted to create a law firm that would steadfastly fight for the citizens of the Central Coast and help them in their most critical time of need. In a recent interview, Robert described the Central Coast in the following way:

It is the most beautiful place in California and the region has some of the most amazing people. I am so lucky to work and raise a family here.


Legal Team

Robert May,

From humble beginnings, Robert May has risen above to achieve the American Dream. Robert was raised the oldest of five siblings in a blue-collar family on the Central Coast of California. At a young age, Robert made a promise to himself to become the first member of his family to receive a college degree. Robert fulfilled his dream when he attended and graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Robert fiercely believes in justice. He attended California Western School of Law with a passion to represent the injured and downtrodden. Since graduating from law school, Robert has successfully represented thousands of personal injury cases against the nation’s largest insurance corporations. Robert works aggressively to see that every client is fully compensated. In the course of his career, Robert has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of $25,000,000.

Robert founded The May Firm to help injured individuals and their loved ones. He is admitted to practice in the State of California, numerous Federal District Courts, and is a member of the State Bar of California. Robert has separated himself from other attorneys by focusing on the specific needs of each client, as his motto has always been to “treat clients like family.”


  • California Western School of Law
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Serious Injuries


Garrett May,
Injury Attorney

Garrett May is a Santa Barbara County native. Garrett graduated from Righetti High School before studying economics at the University of Utah. After college, Garrett studied law on an academic scholarship at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. He graduated from law school in just two years.

Garrett is an experienced litigation attorney at The May Firm and is licensed to practice law throughout the State of California. Garrett heads the firm’s litigation department. He is an aggressive and experienced litigator with proven trial and arbitration success. Over the course of his career, Garrett has litigated hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases, recovering tens of millions of dollars for his clients. Garrett takes great personal pride in providing passionate, caring, personalized service to each of his clients.

Garrett is available to provide free no-risk case consultations to individuals and families seeking representation for all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Whether a case is large or small, every client deserves smart, diligent and dedicated legal representation.

Phone: (805) 557-8061

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  • California Western School of Law
  • University of Utah

Areas of Practice

  • Auto Accidents
  • Dog Bite Litigation
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Slip and Fall Injuries


Ryan Buchanan,
Attorney At Law

Ryan Buchanan grew up in Santa Barbara County and attended St. Joseph High School excelling in Golf, Volleyball, and Football. He then went on to attend San Diego State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduating from San Diego State, Ryan immediately went on to attend California Western School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate. Ryan knew he wanted to be an attorney so he wasted no time in pursing his goals of attending law school and becoming an attorney.

During his time at law school, Ryan served as a Judicial Intern at the Santa Barbara Superior Court where he honed his legal research and writing skills. It was during his time working at the Court that Ryan immediately knew he wanted to be a personal injury attorney. Ryan is licensed to practice law throughout the State of California and is a critical member of the firm’s personal injury litigation team. He practices at The May Firm’s Santa Barbara and Santa Maria offices.”

My goal is to provide special attention to the details of every client’s case and relentless advocacy on their behalf.

Ryan is excited to be back living on the Central Coast. Through his work at The May Firm, Ryan truly appreciates the opportunity he has to make sure the members of his hometown community receive the care they need and justice they deserve. When Ryan is not at the office, he enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, cycling and golfing.


  • California Western School of Law
  • San Diego State University

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury Claims
  • Trucking Accident Injuries
  • Commercial Civil Litigation
  • Elder Abuse


Areas of Practice

Car Accidents
Pharmaceutical Liability
Bicycle Accidents
Bus Accidents
Dog & Animal Bites
Drunk Driving Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Slip & Fall Accidents
Airbag Injuries
Amputation Injuries
Aviation Injuries
CRPS Lawyers
Brain & Head Injuries
Back & Spinal Cord Injuries
Boating Accidents
Catastrophic Injuries
Child Car Seats
Defective Seat Belts
Elder Abuse
Medical Malpractice
Auto Defects
Bird Scooters
Statute of Limitations
Herniated Disk Injuries
Traffic Accidents
Dangerous Roads
Public Transportation Accidents
Uninsured Motorist
Vehicle Rollovers
California Minors
Gas Tank Explosions

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