Melissa A. May

Email: mmay@duffykekel.comPhone: 971-244-1828

Melissa A MayAreas of Practice

Estate planning

Charitable planning and organizations

Probate and trust administration






Melissa advises clients regarding tax-efficient transfers of their assets to their family members and other beneficiaries. Her practice focuses on estate planning and administration of estates and trusts. She also advises nonprofit organizations and their founders and funders.

Admitted to Practice

Washington, 2020
Oregon, 2013
District of Columbia, 2007
Florida, 2011 (inactive)
Virginia, 2001 (inactive)


Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Auburn University, B.S., cum laude, 1998

Professional Experience

Adjunct Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark Law School
Estate and Gift Tax (2017)
Estate Planning Seminar (2019)
Private practice since 2003

Membership & Activities

Oregon State Bar Client Security Fund
Secretary (2021)
Member (2019 – Present)
Oregon Law Commission Notarial Acts Work Group, Member (2019-2020)
Estate Planning Council of Portland, Member
Member of the Estate Planning and Administration, Nonprofit Organizations, and Real Estate and Land Use sections of the Oregon State Bar
Governing Board member, Albertina Kerr Centers, Inc., Portland, Oregon (2016-Present)


Charitable Trusts Chapter, Oregon State Bar, Administering Trusts in Oregon, 2018

Dealing with Contraband in Oregon Estates and Trusts, Oregon State Bar Estate Planning & Administration Section Newsletter, January 2018.  Co-author.

Speaking Engagements

Oregon State Bar CLE, Advanced Estate Planning and Administration, 2020
The Joint Trust in Oregon: A Square Peg in a Round Hole? (Co-presenter)

Oregon State Bar CLE, Advanced Estate Planning and Administration, 2019
Your Frenemy, the Grantor Trust

Oregon State Bar CLE, Basic Estate Planning and Administration, 2018
Fundamentals of Planning with Life Insurance