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LaRuby May is an inspirational lawyer, entrepreneur, and strategist who has made it her life’s work to be a vessel of service for underserved communities. Under her law firm, May Lightfoot, PLLC, LaRuby has a wide range of experience representing clients in matters from workers compensation to complex litigation. She is committed to making sure that her clients receive outstanding representation and understands that if she wants to see those around her receive essential resources she would have to take on the duty. Through her consulting firm The May Group, LLC, LaRuby has significant experience advising municipalities, small and large businesses, Mayors and other elected officials. The May Group has built partnerships with and supported the growth of businesses resulting in hundreds of millions in revenue. LaRuby represents clients all across the country.

Currently, LaRuby serves on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee (PEC) for Paraquat representing clients who now suffer with the terminal illness of Parkinson disease. LaRuby has represented clients injured by PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls), and currently represents clients injured by 3M earplugs and Zantac. Her focus is on identifying and supporting plaintiffs from a grass roots level, specifically black and brown communities that are often disproportionately impacted and excluded from mass tort litigation.

She has focused considerable time and energy to hold general contractors accountable for providing safe working environments for their workers. Her certification as a state certified general contractor also gives her a unique perspective in her representation of families’ wrongful death suits.

LaRuby has been instrumental in arguing before the D.C. Council on a number of bills having a broad impact on not only the D.C. area but society as a whole, including the bill to decriminalize prostitution and to create equity between public and private workers compensation systems. The driving force behind LaRuby’s transition to personal injury law has been the life and legacy of a young 12-year-old African American community leader and change agent name Stormiyah Denson-Jackson. LaRuby continues to lobby tirelessly for the Stormiyah Denson-Jackson Race and Gender Economic Damages Act, to do away with the use of race, ethnicity, or gender in a personal injury or death caused by wrongful act calculation of damages. LaRuby is a frequent speaker at conferences on topics ranging from mass torts, diversity, trauma, leadership, business and professional development.

Prior to practicing law, LaRuby succeeded the late Marion S. Barry as the Councilmember representing Ward 8 in The District of Columbia. This provided LaRuby with the opportunity to help guide senior leaders with different agendas to accomplish a common goal. Additionally, she has served the community working to improve the quality of life for underserved District Residents as the Chairman of the DC Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Chairman of United Medical Center Board of Commissioners, the only public hospital in DC, and as the Committee Co-Chair of the ReOpen DC Advisory Group amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

LaRuby did her undergraduate studies at Eckerd College where she majored in Human Development. She went on to earn a Masters of Arts from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. LaRuby has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University and is a proud graduate of the University of The District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law. LaRuby is admitted to practice in Washington, DC and Florida.

A native of Pensacola, Florida, LaRuby currently resides in Washington, DC.

Awards, Accolades and Media

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Bar Admissions

Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

Education

Education
  • University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • George Washington University, M.A., 2000 Eckerd College, B.A., 1997

Professional Leadership

Professional Leadership
  • United Medical Center Not-for-Profit, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Eckerd College National Advisory Council
  • Women’s Bar Association, Women in Politics Committee, Co-Chair
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser Transition Committee, Co-chair Economic Development & Jobs
  • State of Florida Certified General Contractor
  • Former Ward 8 Council Member