Former Madison City Attorney Michael May passes away, mayor’s office says

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Mike May, accomplished attorney and free-spirited Badgers fan. (Photos courtesy of Mike May)

MADISON, Wis. — Former Madison City Attorney Michael May has passed away, according to the mayor’s office.

May was appointed as city attorney by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz in 2004 and was reappointed by Mayor Paul Soglin and Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway before he retired in May 2020.

The mayor’s office noted that May staffed more than 360 City of Madison Common Council meetings during his 16 years, translating to more than a year of his life spent in council meetings.

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“His colleagues and the City benefitted from his wise and steady leadership and mentorship. He helped to shape the legal careers and skills of countless attorneys and the principles he championed continue to have an influence on the City Attorney’s Office,” Mayor Rhodes-Conway said in her statement remembering May. “We will all miss not only his expertise and energy but also his optimism and humor. Our deep condolences go to his family and friends.”

The city says May’s retirement allowed him to spend more time with his family and “pursue his love of the Badgers.”