Joel May is co-chair of the Firm's corporate governance area and has more than 23 years of experience representing clients and their boards of directors in a broad range of financing and corporate transactions, as well as corporate governance, shareholder activism, proxy fights, and securities compliance matters. He has represented clients in domestic and international corporate financing transactions in the manufacturing, consumer products, chemical products, real estate, e-commerce, telecommunications, and information management industries, including public equity and debt offerings, initial public offerings (IPOs), special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions, Rule 144A high yield offerings, and reorganizations, restructurings, recapitalizations, and other M&A transactions.
Joel joined the Atlanta Office in 2012 after spending the first part of his career in Jones Day's Chicago Office. He currently serves as the administrative partner for Atlanta.
Joel's notable clients include Aaron's, Asbury Automotive Group, Allison Transmission, Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp., Bunge Ltd., FleetCor Technologies, ExxonMobil, Flowers Foods, HanesBrands, Helios Technologies, Milliken, Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings, Newell Brands, Nutrien, P&G, PureCycle Technologies, Rayonier, Roper Technologies, Southern Company, Vintage Wine Estates, and VSE Corporation.
Joel has been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.
Joel serves on the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Make-A-Wish Georgia.
- December 1, 2016
Jones Day/EY - Emerging Risks in Financial Reporting and Disclosures
- October 27, 2016
Georgia Bas Association / 35th Annual Business Law Institute - What Keeps In-House Law Departments Up At Night
- January 7, 2016
Jones Day Atlanta Hosts Diversity Meet & Greet
- November 9, 2015
Atlanta Bar Association / Scrutinizing Executive Compensation - The SEC's New Clawback and Pay Ratio Rules
- March 23, 2012
Introduction to the Resale of Restricted and Control Securities, ICLE Basic Securities Law Program
- Indiana University (J.D. cum laude 2000; Executive Notes and Comments Editor, Law Review); Valparaiso University (B.A. summa cum laude 1997)
- Georgia and Illinois