Firm History

From its inception, Rich May has been engaged in solving our clients' most pressing and complex legal and business problems.

Our capabilities include corporate & securities, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, debt & equity finance, energy & utilities, telecommunications, life sciences, intellectual property, entertainment, civil litigation, taxation, investment management, employment, real estate, environmental law, international transactions and estate and wealth planning.

The Firm's clients include investors, developers, utilities, investment managers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs located primarily in the Northeast, with a growing number of clients located elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. These clients range in size from multinational corporations to closely held businesses and individuals. Rich May provides to its clients the specialized expertise generally associated with large, national firms, while maintaining the prompt service and personal relationships found in smaller, regional firms.

Rich May attorneys include many recognized leaders in their fields. It is our policy to remain on the cutting edge through affiliations with major universities, continuing legal education, and civic involvement in our communities.

The Firm was founded in 1937 by John J. Burns, the first General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Harvard Law Professor, and judge, and Ned Brandon, the SEC Regional Administrator and then United States Attorney in Boston. John Rich, a prominent attorney and executive in the public utilities industry, soon joined, along with Gerald May, Sr., a trial lawyer known for his defense of libel cases on behalf of the Boston Daily Record.

Other key founders include Edmund Blake, labor lawyer and former Regional Administrator of the National Labor Relations Board; Henry Leen, trial attorney, judge, and legal advisor to Cardinal Cushing; Thomas Bilodeau, Sr., noted athlete, Kennedy family advisor and public utilities specialist; Arthur Flaherty, prominent lawyer and entrepreneur; Harold Dondis, chess champion and columnist; and Walter Landergan, master of corporate and securities transactions. All of these leaders continue to leave their mark on the firm that Rich May has become.

Today, Rich May's capabilities span the globe through the expansion of our client base and our active membership in the International Alliance of Law Firms. Through the Alliance, we are affiliated with 60 firms in 43 countries including every major business center worldwide.

Please click here to see the presentation on Rich May's history shown at the 75th Anniversary Celebration!