Attorney William “Bill” T. May Joins Merkel & Cocke, P.A.

Wiliam May joins a long line of respected litigators as the firm’s newest partner.

Merkel & Cocke, P.A., an award-winning trial law firm serving all of Mississippi, is proud to announce that respected litigator William “Bill” T. May joined the firm as partner on April 1, 2024.

"The attorneys and staff at Merkel and Cocke are among the best in Mississippi,” said May. “It is an honor and privilege to join with them and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so."

About Mississippi trial lawyer William May

For more than 30 years, William May has advocated on behalf of the people of Mississippi. He is licensed in all state and federal courts, including the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Tribal Court for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. He is a veteran litigator, having tried a significant number of cases to verdict.

Mr. May is also a member of multiple legal and community organizations and has served in leadership positions for many of them. He is a member of the Mississippi Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious, invitation-only association of trial attorneys. He is also an active participant in the following organizations:

  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow (President, 2015)
  • University of Mississippi Alumni Association (National President, 2011)
  • University of Mississippi Law Alumni Association (President, 2008)
  • Mississippi Association for Justice, Life Member (Secretary, 2007)
  • Lauderdale County Bar Association
  • Newton County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Alluvial Collective (formerly the William Winter Institute), Board Member
  • Montgomery Foundation, Board Member
  • Medgar Evers Institute, Board Member
  • East Central Community College, Adjunct Professor
  • City of Newton, Mississippi, Alderman
  • Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Rotary Club, President

Mr. May is also rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

About Merkel & Cocke, P.A.

Merkel & Cocke, P.A. is an award-winning trial law firm focused exclusively on plaintiffs’ personal injury. The Firm is one of the largest plaintiffs’ personal injury law firms in Mississippi, and maintains offices in Clarksdale, Jackson, Oxford, and Greenville. Since its inception in 1982, its attorneys have tried hundreds of cases to verdict, securing $500 million on behalf of its clients over the years. The attorneys focus primarily on catastrophic injury claims arising from truck accidents, medical malpractice, auto accidents, birth injuries, and more.

Merkel & Cocke, P.A. and its members have been recognized by the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Best Law Firms in America, Best Lawyers in America, The National Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and more.  

Contact Info:
Name: John Cocke
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Organization: Merkel & Cocke, P.A.
Address: 30 Delta Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: (662) 627-9641

Release ID: 89130516

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