Patrick J. McLain

Patrick J. McLain, a retired Marine Corps military judge, 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 computer crime and general federal crimes sections. Patrick McLain is home based in Dallas, Texas where he also represents clients in state criminal defense matters in Texas and federal criminal matters in courts throughout the United States. Patrick McLain also has a worldwide military law practice; representing servicemembers in courts-martial, administrative discharge boards, officer misconduct matters, physical evaluation boards, as well a great variety of administrative military matters. Patrick McLain does not practice law in Veterans Administration matters, and his state criminal law practice is limited to Texas.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2004

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

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


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. – 1990
  • University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
    • B.A. – 1980


  • Adjunct Instructor, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Adjunct Instructor, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
  • Adjunct Instructor, Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Adjunct Instructor, U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, Montgomery, Alabama

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, as published in Texas Monthly, 2009 – 2010
  • D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers” List, 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
  • Federal Bar Association, President-Elect, Dallas Chapter
  • State Bar College of Texas
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association, Member
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, Criminal Justice Committee
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, Client Grievance Committee
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, Criminal Law Section
  • Judge Advocates’ Association, Life Member, Board of Directors
  • Knights of Columbus, Third Degree, 1977 – Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Leader
  • Virginia Commonwealth Governor’s School, President

Past Employment Positions

  • 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
  • Courts-Martial, U.S. Marine Corps, 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 – 2000

Bases We Regularly Visit, but not limited to:Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Barry M Goldwater Range Air Force Base, Luke Air Force Base,Yuma Proving Ground Army Base,Yuma Marine Corps Base,Camp Navajo Army Base,Fort Huachuca Army Base,Fort Hood Army Base,Fort Bliss Army Base,Fort Sam Houston Army Base,Naval Air Station Corpus Christi,Naval Air Station Fort Worth,Lackland Air Force Base,Brooks City Air Force Base,Dyess Air Force Base,Goodfellow Air Force Base,Laughlin Air Force Base,Randolph Air Force Base,Sheppard Air Force Base,Camp Bowie Army Base,TX- Camp Bullis Army Base ,Camp Mabry Army Base,Camp Stanley Storage Activity Army,Camp Swift Army Base,Martindale Army Airfield Army Base,Red River Army Depot Army Base,JRB Fort Worth Navy Base,Naval Air Station Kingsville