Craig May
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • Advanced Bionics - National Trial Counsel
  • Pfizer
  • QEP Resources
  • Qwest Communications
  • Vail Resorts, Inc.

Craig May
 

Craig May has more than 15 years of experience handling a wide range of commercial, personal injury, and product liability cases. From building winning trial themes to identifying favorable resolution strategies to defending big decisions on appeal, Craig truly appreciates collaborating with clients to address litigation and business challenges.

Craig has appeared in cases in 28 states, including state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, and arbitration hearings, representing entities ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses and individuals. His clients include renowned ski areas, midsized and large oil and gas companies, and nationwide pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Across this dynamic range of industries, Craig has developed a reputation as being quick to learn his clients' businesses and priorities.

In addition to his extensive trial and arbitration experience, Craig has authored appellate briefs in numerous state and federal courts of appeals as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Other Experience

Early in his career, Craig clerked for judges in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Oklahoma. He also served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
    
Denver Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2015
    Commercial Litigation, 2018
    Insurance Litigation, 2016-2018
    Personal Injury Litigation, 2013-2018
    Product Liability Litigation, 2013-2018
The Legal 500 United States
    
Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2011
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2010-2017
    Top 100, 2013-2017
Colorado Rising Stars
    Business Litigation, 2009
Benchmark Litigation
    Future Star - Colorado, 2013
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
   Executive Committee Member
   Past President, 2014-2015

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Leadership Denver Program
    Graduate, 2010
Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40, 2008
Internet Safety Foundation
    Founding Member and Treasurer

Teaching Positions

University of Tulsa School of Law
    Constitutional Law II, Lecturer

Personal Interests

Family, golf, skiing, hiking, and politics


Craig May has appeared in litigation in 28 states, and his clients range from Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and medical device firms to leading ski resorts to independent oil and gas companies. Craig’s practice involves product liability, mass torts, personal injury, employment, and complex commercial disputes.

Representative Cases Product Liability Product Liability Oil & Gas Oil & Gas
  • Won an arbitration ruling for $2.9 million, including punitive damages, for an investment fund misled into overpaying for an oil field services company based on misrepresentations made during the sale and omissions made during settlement negotiations regarding the sale.
  • Corvax v. Continental Resources (Colo. Ct. App. 2016) - Won a victory in the Colorado Court of Appeals for Continental Resources in a dispute involving purported rights to a Colorado oil and gas lease.
  • Prevailed in a preliminary injunction hearing in a dispute over a valuable lease farmout relating to a successful oil shale well in Wyoming for a large regional energy company.
  • Represented a natural gas company in a complex contract dispute involving production from a large gas field in Wyoming; the case was favorably resolved before trial.
  • Obtained a favorable jury trial result on behalf of a natural gas gathering company in a case involving allegations of breach of a gas purchase contract.
  • Won a commercial arbitration that sought a buyout of client's multimillion dollar interest in a nationwide petroleum marketing joint venture.
Ski & Recreation Ski & Recreation Commercial Litigation Commercial Litigation
  • General Steel v. Armstrong Steel (D. Colo. 2016) - Won a jury verdict for Armstrong Steel against claims of false advertising and defamation in a two-week trial in federal court in Colorado. A competitor of Armstrong sought millions of dollars.
  • Assisted a biotech company in an appellate briefing before the Federal Circuit, resulting in reversal of an adverse summary judgment and remand to the state court where our client had filed the complaint.
  • Helped obtain dismissal of class action litigation against a national entertainment client in case alleging Colorado Consumer Protection Act violation for language on tickets sold for client's event.
  • Obtained reversal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of a trial court's refusal to send a contract dispute to arbitration. WTO successfully resolved the case on behalf of the client, a telecommunications company, after the Ninth Circuit ruling.
  • Obtained a favorable jury trial result on behalf of a manufacturer in a commercial dispute with a dealer alleging significant lost profits.
  • Successfully defended long distance reseller contract disputes on behalf of a major telecommunications company in cases litigated in courts around the country and before the American Arbitration Association.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a mining equipment manufacturer whose expensive equipment was severely damaged by a commercial lessee.
Employment Employment Pro Bono Pro Bono
  • Submitted an amicus brief on behalf of a coalition of religious organizations in Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District. The Colorado Supreme Court adopted the position urged in the brief. The coalition included the Anti-Defamation League, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Disciples Justice Action Network, Equal Partners in Faith, Hadassah, the Hindu American Foundation, and the Union for Reform Judaism.
  • Submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the Main Street Business Alliance to the Colorado Court of Appeals in the highly publicized case, Masterpiece Bakery v. Craig, which tested the limits of Colorado's antidiscrimination law. The Court of Appeals backed the position urged in the amicus brief.
Other Relevant Experience Other Relevant Experience
  • Obtained dismissal for Vail Resorts in a case in which the plaintiff sought extensive pre-suit discovery.
Representative Clients
  • Advanced Bionics - National Trial Counsel
  • Pfizer
  • QEP Resources
  • Qwest Communications
  • Vail Resorts, Inc.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Kansas (Inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Other Experience

Early in his career, Craig clerked for judges in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Oklahoma. He also served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota.

Teaching Positions

University of Tulsa School of Law
    Constitutional Law II, Lecturer

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
    
Denver Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2015
    Commercial Litigation, 2018
    Insurance Litigation, 2016-2018
    Personal Injury Litigation, 2013-2018
    Product Liability Litigation, 2013-2018
The Legal 500 United States
    
Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2011
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation, 2010-2017
    Top 100, 2013-2017
Colorado Rising Stars
    Business Litigation, 2009
Benchmark Litigation
    Future Star - Colorado, 2013
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
   Executive Committee Member
   Past President, 2014-2015

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Law Clerk to The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes, United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Kent Conrad, United States Senator from the State of North Dakota

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Leadership Denver Program
    Graduate, 2010
Denver Business Journal's Forty Under 40, 2008
Internet Safety Foundation
    Founding Member and Treasurer

Personal Interests

Family, golf, skiing, hiking, and politics

Articles/Presentations
  • "Ethics, Social Media, and You," presented to the Association for Corporate Counsel, Colorado Chapter, (December 4, 2013).
  • "Current Regulatory and Enforcement Issues and Their Impacts on the Medical Device Industry," Moderator, American Bar Association Drug & Medical Device Seminar, (November 16, 2012).
  • "Hot Topics in Medical Device Litigation" at ABA Seminar on Current Issues in Medical Device Litigation, (October 1, 2007).
  • "Taking Action: Rejecting the Passive Disposal Theory of Prior Owner Liability Under CERCLA," 17 Va. Envtl. L.J. 385, (January 1998).
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1998
    Order of the Coif
    Virginia Law Review, Notes Editor
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1990, Political Science, Departmental Honors
    Overseas Study, Oxford University
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Law Clerk to The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes, United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Kent Conrad, United States Senator from the State of North Dakota

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Kansas (Inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court