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Military Criminal Defense Attorney

Civilian Military Law Firm Serving All 6 Branches of the Military Worldwide

When being tried in a military court, you need a civilian military defense lawyer. Few court-martial defense attorneys have the extensive experience and comprehensive military knowledge of Attorney Patrick J. McLain. He is a former JAG lawyer who served as a Judge Advocate for the US Marine Corps, and he is ready to fight for you.

He leads our firm with the experience of over two decades of active service in the Marine Corps, as a former federal prosecutor, former USMC defense attorney, and retired court-martial trial judge, with over 30 honors and awards. This comprehensive perspective allows our team to understand how both sides approach legal proceedings in many types of military forums, and we will leverage this knowledge in our fight to secure the best possible outcome for your case. The Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC proudly serves all six branches of the military worldwide, so no matter where you are, we can help. 

When the government is coming after you, turn to our military criminal defense lawyer for aggressive legal advocacy. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling (888) 606-3385 or contacting us online.

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Preserving Your Military Career & Reputation


Your Career is Important to Fight for


Administrative Actions Can Destroy Military Careers. We Can Fight to Protect Yours.

Adverse administrative actions can obliterate an otherwise successful and honorable military career and lead to involuntary separation from the service. Whether faced with an administrative separation board, show cause hearing (Board of Inquiry), adverse evaluation, fitness report, performance report, Article 15 nonjudicial punishment (NJP/office hours/Mast/Article 15), Relief for Cause, or security clearance denial or revocation, it is important to take these actions seriously and quickly seek legal advice. Our worldwide military defense attorney can help you respond to any corrective action and fight for the preservation of your military career and reputation.

Results-Oriented Court-Martial Representation

A court-martial is essentially a military court. It's a formal legal process that's used to determine the guilt or innocence of members of the military accused of breaking military laws. The stakes in a court-martial are incredibly high because you can face severe punishments, including dismissal from service or even imprisonment. 

If you find yourself facing a court-martial, it's crucial to have a solid defense strategy – which means having an experienced attorney who understands the ins and outs of military law on your side. Our dedicated defense team can offer a comprehensive strategy designed to address every aspect of your court-martial. From initial investigation to exhaustive pre-trial preparation to vigorous representation in trial, we will make full use of our experience, skills, knowledge, and resources to fight for you every step of the way.

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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.

Zealous Advocacy for Our Servicemen and Servicewomen

Our worldwide military defense lawyer is ready to aggressively defend your rights in court-martial, discharges, physical evaluation board (PEB) appeals, officer misconduct, article 15 hearings, and nonjudicial punishment proceedings across the country and around the world. You have a choice when it comes to military lawyers, but with so much at stake, your case deserves an experienced legal advocate with a track record of success. Patrick J. McLain brings over 30 years of experience in military law to the table and knows how to protect your best interests. When you’re accused, we’ll stick up for you. 

Call (888) 606-3385 or contact us online to discuss your legal options with our team at the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC today.

  • Client Acquitted

    Air Force Cadet Acquitted on Rape Charge

  • Plea Deal Accepted

    Navy Senior Chief Saves Retirement in a “To Catch a Predator” Case

  • Case Dismissed

    Rape Case Against US Air Force Staff Sergeant

  • Client Acquitted

    Army First Lieutenant Avoids Sex Offense Convictions and Confinement

  • Charges Dismissed

    Career Saved After a “Positive” Urinalysis

Bringing over 30 years of experience in military law to the table, we know how to protect your best interests.
Civilian Military Defense Lawyers


Have questions? We are here to help. Still have questions or can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 888-606-3385 today!

  • What Differentiates a Civilian Military Attorney from an Appointed Military Defense Attorney?

    Civilian military lawyers operate independently of the military chain of command and are often able to dedicate more personalized attention to a servicemember's case. They also bring a diverse range of experience, including prior service as a JAG attorney in Patrick J. McLain’s case, which can be advantageous in court-martial proceedings

  • Can A Civilian Military Lawyer Represent Me At A Summary, Special, Or General Court-Martial?

    Yes, our military civilian lawyer is qualified to represent clients in all types of court-martial proceedings, offering the necessary experience and advocacy to defend against charges at any level within the military justice system. You always have the right to hire a civilian military lawyer to represent you when you are facing a court-martial.

  • How Can a Civilian Military Attorney Help If I Am Facing Adverse Administrative Actions?

    Our civilian military lawyer can offer guidance throughout the process, from responding to proposed actions and representing you at hearings to negotiating outcomes and arguing for dismissal.

  • I Accepted a Plea Deal and Now Think I Made a Mistake. Can a Civilian Military Lawyer Help?

    This will depend on the circumstances of the original plea, but our civilian military lawyer is skilled in navigating the complexities of military law and could potentially contest an accepted plea under certain conditions.

  • Do I Still Need A Civilian Military Attorney If My Case Seems Minor Or Straightforward?

    Yes, even seemingly minor military legal issues can have significant long-term implications on your career and benefits, so getting experienced legal representation is in your best interest in all cases. No matter what you are told, never assume that a case is no big deal.

  • What If I Am Not Sure If I Need a Civilian Military Lawyer?

    Whenever you are facing a corrective action or court-martial, you should at least get legal advice from a civilian military law firm. Remember, we offer free, no-obligation consultations, so it is always smart to discuss your situation with our team.

Representing All Members of the Uniformed Services & Employees of Federal Executive Agencies


    "Great lawyer and better person"
    - Jonathan
    "Always made me feel as though I was his most important client, and was knowledgeable on all subjects."
    - Mike
    "He is a hard worker and will fight for you the moment you choose him to be on your team!"
    - Angela
    "I won my military case due to his diligence, knowledge and experience in military law."
    - Dan C.
    "Thanks to him I am now able to get on with my life."
    - Chip
    "Amazing lawyer who fights for you!"
    - Former Client
Proudly Serving All 6 Branches of the Military Worldwide


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