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Patrick J. McLain

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Patrick J. McLain, a retired Marine Corps military judge, and has been in the practice of criminal and military law since 1990. His first jury trials were tried in the deserts of Saudi Arabia during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He ended his Government service as a federal prosecutor in Dallas, Texas, serving in the child exploitation crimes, computer crimes, and general federal crimes sections.

Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC is headquartered in Dallas, Texas where he represents clients in state criminal cases in Texas and federal crime cases in courts throughout the United States. Mr. McLain has handled thousands of cases and provides aggressive and tenacious representation. Attorney McLain also has a separate military law practice with offices across the country.

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Honors and Awards:

  • Avvo Client Choice Award for 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America® May 2009
  • Outstanding Career Attorney Award, Judge Advocates’ Association, 2002
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2002
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 2002
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 1999
  • Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1996
  • Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1993
  • Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1991
  • Champions and Finalists, Mock Trial Team, Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges Competition, 1989
  • Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1987
  • Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Inns of Court Member, Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas
  • Federal Bar Association Member, Government Relations Committee Past President, Dallas Chapter
  • State Bar College of Texas
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association Member, Continuing Legal Education, Judiciary, and Client Grievance Committees and the Criminal Law Section
  • Judge Advocates’ Association Life Member and past member of the Board of Directors
  • Knights of Columbus, 1977 – Present Third Degree
  • Boy Scouts of America Boy Scout and Cub Scout Leader
  • Virginia Commonwealth Governor’s School Parent-Teacher Organization, President

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  • Northern District of Texas, Dallas, Texas, Assistant United States Attorney, 2003 – 2004
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Supervising Defense Attorney, 2001 – 2002
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Supervising Prosecutor, 1999 – 2001
  • U.S. Marine Corps Courts-Martial Trial Judge, 1996 – 1999
  • Yokosuka, Japan, Supervising Prosecutor, 1993 – 1996
  • Southern California, Supervising Prosecutor, 1993
  • Southern California, Supervising Defense Attorney, 1991 – 1992
  • Southern California and Saudi Arabia, Prosecutor, 1990 – 1991
  • United States Marine Corps, 1982 – 2002


  • J.D. - The University of Texas School of Law - Austin , TX 1990
  • B.A. - University of Dallas - Irving , TX 1980
  • Adjunct Instructor - Emory University School of Law - Atlanta , GA
  • Adjunct Instructor - Southern Methodist University School of Law - Dallas , TX
  • Adjunct Instructor - Naval Justice School - Newport , RI
  • Adjunct Instructor - U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School -Montgomery , AL
  • Adjunct Instructor - Center for American and International Law - Plano , TX


  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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  • Former Federal Prosecutor & Military Judge
    Attorney Patrick J. McLain's years of experience across the aisle provide him with a unique perspective.
  • Over 3,500 Cases Successfully Handled
    Patrick J. McLain has helped thousands secure a better future with tenacious representation.
  • Our Firm is Top-Rated & Award-Winning
    Attorney Patrick J. McLain is widely respected by his peers & clients as seen by his numerous accolades.
  • Over Two Decades in the U.S. Marine Corps
    Attorney Patrick J. McLain tries all of his cases with integrity and unparalleled work ethic.