Christopher L. May

Christopher L. May

Massey & Gail LLP
The Wharf
1000 Maine Ave. SW
Suite 450
Washington, D.C. 20024

Office: 202.652.4511
Direct: 202.643.2712
Cell: 773.793.3056
Fax: 312.379.0467

Christopher L. May leads Massey & Gail's intellectual property practice and has over fifteen years of experience handling patent and trademark litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of technologies and industries, and counsels pharmaceutical, integrated circuit, software, and mechanical device companies with intellectual property issues. Chris has also represented respondents in Section 337 cases before the International Trade Commission, including two cases where he successfully defended a major consumer electronics company in investigations where over 75% of its imports to the United States were at risk.

Prior to joining Massey & Gail, Chris was a partner at Ballast IP Law LLP -- a patent boutique in Washington. Before that, he was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Chris graduated cum laude with a degree in Chemistry from Duke University, holds a Master's in Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned his J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Chicago with a concentration in entrepreneurship. He serves on the boards of D.C. Lawyers for Youth and the Concord Hill School, and teaches patent litigation and international intellectual property courses for the University of Maryland Law School.


  • University of Chicago, J.D./M.B.A., concentration in Entrepreneurship, 2001
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., Chemistry, 1997
  • Duke University, B.S., Chemistry, cum laude, 1994


  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • District of District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Representative Matters

  • Represented a major consumer electronics company in ITC investigation and secured a no violation finding and termination in client's favor.  Certain Audiovisual Components and Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-837.
  • Represented the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in defense of the Center's right to use intellectual property, including the writings and spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. v. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (Ga. Sup. Ct.).
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in Abbreviated New Drug Application case involving drug with $400 million in annual revenue.  Favorable decision on one patent, unfavorable decision on another.  United Therapeutics Corp. v. Sandoz Inc. (D.N.J.).
  • Represented consumer electronics company in series of ITC and federal district court actions, confirming the client’s right to continue importation into the United States. Certain Integrated Circuits, Chipsets and Products Containing Same Including Televisions, Media Players and Cameras, Inv. Nos. 337-TA-709, 337-TA-786.
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in Abbreviated New Drug Application. Settled on favorable terms after claim construction. Shionogi & Co. v. Sandoz Inc. (D.N.J.).
  • Represented healthcare company in a case involving automated robotic storage systems for prescriptions in hospital wards.  Jury finding of validity and non-infringement. McKesson Corp. v. Swisslog S.p.A. (D. Del.).