Debora May

BETHESDA, Maryland 20814
United States
Office Phone: 301-986-0600
Member since 2005
Membership Type: IACP


Financial Professional, Mediator

Debora May is an Executive Vice President/Director at CBM - Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. in charge of quality review for the firm’s divorce and financial planning engagements. She has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting and was a co-founder of May & Barnhard, P.C., a Bethesda, Maryland-based tax and financial consulting firm that merged into CBM in November 2017.

Ms. May has significant experience in tax, financial planning for individuals and closely held businesses, collaborative divorce, divorce litigation support and negotiation for financial settlements in divorce. She has provided expert testimony for attorneys in divorce and real estate matters, and participated in mediations for divorce. She has also served as a financial neutral in more than 250 collaborative divorce cases. In addition, she is actively involved with individual tax work and has also represented clients in IRS and state audit matters.
Ms. May is a recognized, industry-wide expert in the divorce planning arena who has helped negotiate settlements in hundreds of cases. She has also been voted by her peers as one of the top financial planning experts in the metropolitan Washington, DC area in the only seven polls of that nature sponsored by Washingtonian Magazine.

Ms. May is a past president of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals of Maryland, and is a member of the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable and various other collaborative divorce groups.

Area(s) of Practice: Financial, Mediation, Other, Tax Law
License(s): CPA ~CDFA ~CFP

Professional Activities

MACPA ~Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA) ~FPA

Undergraduate Education

University of Maryland (B.A. Accounting, 1979)

Professional Education

Certified Public Accountant (CPA, 1981)
Certified Financial Planner (CFP®, 1984)
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®, 1998)
Registered Investment Advisor
Mediation Training (2004)
Collaborative Law Training (2005)