May L. Harris, Esq., M.A.

May L. Harris is For Purpose Law Group’s founder and managing attorney. She co-chairs the firm’s NonprofitSocial Enterprise and Business & Corporate practice areas. Ms. Harris has over sixteen years of executive, development, and leadership experience within the nonprofit sector and within socially innovative businesses.

Graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000, and earning her Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in 2010, Ms. Harris provides a unique insight to the firm’s clients, approaching issues not only from a legal or regulatory perspective, but also from a practical, management oriented view.

For nonprofit clients, this full spectrum approach assures that they receive practical, real world advice they can apply immediately with staff, board members, stakeholders or donors to establish, protect, and grow their for purpose organizations. For emerging social enterprises, her expertise with the new social corporate forms enables her to be more than just another “business attorney.”

Ms. Harris not only represents organizations in the nonprofit sector – she also spends many hours volunteering her services, and serving those in need. Believing that philanthropy and service is a life-long endeavor to be modeled, she has served in Guatemala and Jamaica with her children on medical service trips, and she volunteered with her daughter in SPRITES, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization. Currently, as President of USA Rugby Trust Ms. Harris assists organizations at the local, regional and national level to support the development of the sport of rugby in the United States.


Professional Associations & Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section and the Tax Exempt Organizations Standing Committee


  • California Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • District of Columbia Bar