Helping Lawyers Across the United States in Federal Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions

Creative Criminal Defense Consultants, assists lawyers across the United States, resolve the most troubling problems they face representing individuals and companies under investigation or being prosecuted by the federal government. Relying on his 44 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, and as a federal prosecutor, his success convincing the government to drop prosecutions on the eve of indictment, and on the eve of trial, his presentation of arguments that convinced judges to impose sentences a small fraction of that sought by prosecutors, Jon May has the tools needed to make a difference in the outcome of federal cases.

From his defense of General Manuel Antonio Noriega at trial, on appeal, at his successful resentencing; to his challenge to Florida’s election law during the contested election of George W. Bush in 2000; his representation of the ACLU in the battle over Rush Limbaugh’s medical records; and his recent articles calling for revolutionary change in the way that criminal defense counsel prepare for trial and sentencing, Jon May has, and remains, at the cutting edge of criminal practice in the United States.

Jon May’s book, “Who says you can’t: Strategy and Tactics for Becoming a More Creative Criminal Defense Lawyer,” Published by NACDL Press, is available for purchases at This is a first of its kind publication that demonstrates both the theory and practice of finding creative ways to go about solving seemingly intractable problems in the defense individuals and companies accused of a crime.

Jon May was mentioned by name and his stratagem for forcing prosecutors to relinquish control over assets needed for the defense, which he pioneered in Noriega, was discussed by the Supreme Court in its decision in Kaley v. United States, 571 U.S. 320, note 12 (2014). The argument he made in Noriega, that untainted assets could not be restrained pretrial by the government, was vindicated two years later in the decision of the Supreme Court in Luis v. United States, 578 U.S. 5(2016).

Jon May’s work has been featured in the Journal of the American Bar Association, and in the books, Great American Trials and The Case Against the General. His articles regularly appear in The Champion (the journal of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and Criminal Justice Magazine (the journal of the ABA Criminal Justice Section). Mr. May has spoken nationally and internationally at seminars and conferences on issues as varied as representing heads of state at trial and at plea bargaining.

Mr. May was previously Chair of the White Collar Crime Section of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and he is a past Co-Chair of the Defense Function Services Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association (CJS). He has twice received the President’s Award from the NACDL.

Understanding the Important Legal Issues Being Litigated Today

Defending the Impossible Case Chapter 1, from “Who Says You Can’t,” Strategy and Tactics for Becoming a More Creative Criminal Defense Lawyer What do you do...

Neither Biden nor Trump Will Be Charged with any Unlawful Conduct Resulting from Their Possession of Classified Documents, but for Very Different Reasons From the Verdict, Jan. 18, 2023 by Jon May I previously wrote about the hurdles facing prosecutors should former President Donald Trump be...

Why the United States Faces an Uphill Battle Convicting Donald Trump for Unlawfully Removing Government Documents From the White House and Concealing Them at Mar-a-Lago– The Verdict, Dec. 2, 2022, by Jon May In my Nov. 15 article, United States v. Donald J. Trump: The Trial of a National Security Case, I...