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Karl E. May

200 Public Square, Suite 3000 Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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Frantz Ward LLP

Years In Practice

Phone Number (216) 515-1660

Karl May has over 40 years of experience in the field of broker/dealer and investment advisor regulations, including the representation of clients at SEC, state agency, and self-regulatory (FINRA) enforcement and licensing proceedings. He counsels stock brokers, investment advisors, entrepreneurs and other entities regarding SEC and FINRA matters, as well as with commercial and securities litigation. He assists clients with with non-public securities offerings and advises generally in various aspects of business formation and operations.  Prior to entering private practice, he served as an enforcement attorney with the Ohio Division of Securities.

Karl’s extensive background in securities practice and civil enforcement is beneficial in his work helping small and closely-held businesses with securities structuring so they are in compliance with registration, exemption and disclosure requirement of federal and state securities laws. He also provides counsel in the field of venture capital and private equity transactions.

He is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a member of Oder of the Coif and an editor of the Ohio State Law Journal.

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Karl E. May
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Securities Regulation, Cleveland (2024)
Litigation - Securities, Cleveland (2019)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated- Martindale Hubbell
  • Named to The Best lawyers in America in the area of Litigation-Securities and Securities Regulation (2017-2019)
  • Named Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland in Litigation-Securities (2019)
Ohio State University (Moritz), J.D., summa cum laude
Graduated 1974
Ohio Northern University, B.A., with high distinction
Graduated 1971
Contact Details and Office Locations
200 Public Square, Suite 3000
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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