Attorney May is a triple threat. She is unique in her training in that she earned a joint JD/MBA degree from the University of Iowa, College of Law and the University of Iowa, Tippie School of Management, respectively. Prior to becoming an attorney, she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus on finance from Howard University.
Attorney May began her legal career as a corporate associate at the 200 plus attorney national law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon in Chicago. She left the firm to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue her dream to be an entertainment lawyer. Attorney May has experience on both sides of the deal. She worked as a Business Representative and Advisor in Entertainment Contracts at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) where she was responsible for clearing film and television productions, reviewing chain of title and advising business representatives in the theatrical and television departments on various production matters. Attorney May left SAG to assume the post of Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Codeblack Entertainment where she was the sole lawyer responsible for structuring, drafting and negotiating talent, distribution and licensing deals as well as advising management and supervising outside counsel.
Attorney May has also provided business and legal affairs services to talent, filmmakers, financiers and nonprofit organizations as founder/CEO of Zuri Entertainment, LLC. Attorney May currently is the principal at The Law Office of Adia Z. May, P.C. where she handles entertainment and sports law transactional matters. She also provides business consulting services to small businesses and corporations. In her spare time, Attorney May co-founded Howardwood, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to bridge the gap between Howard University students and professionals working in the entertainment industry. Since 2010, Howardwood has brought key stars and behind-the-scenes executives to meet with Howard students in Washington DC for various seminars.
She also produces content for film, tv and digital platforms. Most recently, she was Associate Producer on the web series “Milk and Honey”. She also previously served on the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Attorney May received the 2011 Excellence in Innovation Award and the Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40 award from the National Bar Association (NBA) and IMPACT. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Attorney May is licensed to practice law in New York and Illinois.