Jump to Navigation

Orly May
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.  You need JavaScript enabled to view it
(202) 728-1888


J.D., George Washington University Law School, with honors

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude

Bar Admissions


Application to D.C. Bar submitted, supervised by members of the D.C. Bar


Ms. May practices primarily in civil rights litigation.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Ms. May worked as a trial attorney in the Arlington Regional Office of the Department of Labor (DOL). At DOL, Ms. May represented workers who experienced discrimination, unsafe working conditions, and wage theft. During this time, she tried several cases and reached a favorable resolution each time, including winning a jury verdict of over $300,000 for exploited restaurant workers. Ms. May originally entered DOL through the Honors Program, a selective two-year program in which she rotated through the various divisions of DOL’s Solicitor’s Office.

During law school, Ms. May participated in GW’s Public Justice Advocacy Clinic. She also interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Ayuda, an organization serving the Latino immigrant community. She served as president of the Feminist Forum and as a member of both the GW International Law Review and Moot Court Board.

Professional Activities

Ms. May is the author of The Path to Women's Empowerment: Understanding the Rise of the Self Employed Women's Association, College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, (2010).

Honors and Awards

While at DOL, Ms. May was twice awarded the Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award for her success in litigation.