• Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Gregory J. May

T: 617.217.4612
F: 617.217.4710
One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109

Greg May is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Boston concentrating his practice on a variety of environmental, insurance and risk management areas. He has handled actions arising under CERCLA, RCRA, FIFRA and state environmental statutes. Greg advises clients on NEPA, MEPA, environmental assessment and permitting issues. His work in this area includes representation of companies in judicial and administrative proceedings.

Greg represents clients in insurance matters involving environmental, products liability, construction, cybersecurity, advertising injury, E&O and D&O claims throughout New England. His practice includes the representation of primary, excess and specialty lines insurers. He has also counseled and represented cedents and reinsurers in reinsurance disputes involving pollution and other longtail claims. Greg's experience in this area runs from the preparation of opinion letters up to and through trial and arbitration. Greg has acted as national counsel for several companies involved in environmental, products liability, unfair competition and other commercial litigation. He also defends businesses in products liability and asbestos actions throughout New England.

Greg advises corporate clients on their insurance and risk management programs. He reviews clients’ general liability, builders’ risk, OCIP or CCIP wrap-up, environmental, property, intellectual property, cyber risk, and D&O insurance policies as well as their standard form indemnification and insurance procurement agreements to identify any potential gaps in coverage or contract language. In addition, he counsels companies and government agencies on insurance and risk management issues and provides advice on the best ways to transfer risk to other parties.

Representative Cases

The following is a selected sampling of recent cases and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future litigation matter:

  • Defended several companies in cost recovery actions under CERCLA and Massachusetts Chapter 21E
  • Represented aviation company in proceedings before town Conservation Commission and Massachusetts DEP regarding state wetlands protection act
  • Defended New England-based manufacturer of latex medical devices in national products liability litigation
  • Successfully opposed certification of class action asserting alleged wrongful advertisement of "safe" pesticides in violation of EPA regulations
  • Defended heating oil companies in environmental and toxic tort actions arising out of oil releases
  • Litigation counsel for insurers and policyholders in multi-party environmental pollution actions involving bankruptcy and appellate issues
  • Litigation counsel for insurer in coverage action arising from New England pharmaceutical compounding mass tort claims
  • National litigation counsel for specialty lines insurers in E&O and other claims arising from high-exposure activities
  • Represented insurers in coverage litigation over nationwide polybutylene plumbing systems product defect claims

Community Involvement

  • Hingham Water Supply Committee (2004-2008)
  • Hingham Youth Soccer Association
  • Hingham Girls Basketball Association

Speaking Engagements

  • "Climate Change, Sustainability and SEC Disclosures: Updates and Trends." ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting (September 2016)
  • “Insurance Coverage for Data Breaches: What Every Firm Needs to Know LIVE Webcast,” The Knowledge Group (March 2015)