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Law + Forensic Science + Fire Science =

Law Office of Thomas R. May

Forensic science generally and fire investigations in particular are in a transformative period. Expert testimony and interpretation in this complex and highly technical area has long been plagued by ill-defined and subjective criteria based on unproven assumptions, exaggerated claims, and inadequate research, testing and measurement techniques.


Thomas R. May, Esq., J.D., M.S., CFI, CFEI

Fire litigation is a complex endeavor involving specialized knowledge that begins with an accurate determination of fire origin and causation. Fire cases often morph into areas including, but not limited to: (1) fire dynamics, (2) forensic engineering, (3) insurance coverage, (4) arson, (5) product liability, (6) subrogation, (7) spoliation, (8) expert witness admissibility and testimony, (9) fire-related research/trends, and (10) NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033-based peer and file reviews. Don’t kid yourself. Very few attorneys possess knowledge or talent in these multifaceted areas of science and law. In these transforming topics, litigation talent and good judgment are simply not enough.

Thomas R. May provides legal counseling/representation/litigation in the areas of fire science, property and casualty insurance, insurance bad faith, Daubert expert witness admissibility/exclusion, and fire codes. He has over 35 years of extensive experience in all facets of the fire service industry, is a licensed attorney, fire scientist, adjunct professor and certified fire investigator and is internationally recognized for his knowledge, experience and involvement in fire/investigations related fields.

Providing successful legal strategies to always protect the client’s interests.


Fire Science

Fire Science Litigation

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Daubert Hearings

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Review & Analysis

of Opposing Reports and Testimony


Peer & File Review

NFPA 921 & NFPA 1033 Compliance


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