Patrick McLain

Military Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick J. McLain

Attorney Patrick J. McLain is a former U.S. Marine Corps military judge. He has practiced military law and criminal defense since 1990 where his first jury trials were held in Saudi Arabia deserts during both operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. His government service ended with his work as a federal prosecutor in Dallas, where Patrick served in the general federal crime and computer crime sections.

Patrick McLain is home based in Dallas, where he also handles cases in both Texas and federal criminal defense matters and in federal courts throughout the U.S. 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.


  • 2004

Over Thirty Years as a Trial Lawyer

  • 100% of Practice is as a Trial Lawyer
  • Graduate of, and former Alumni President, of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College


  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia


  • 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
  • Adjunct Instructor, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas


  • Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters Business, as published in Texas Monthly, 2009 – Present
  • AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • D Magazine's “Best Lawyers” List, 2009
  • Outstanding Career Attorney Award, Judge Advocates' Association, 2002
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2002
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 2002
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 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


  • President, F Warrior Board (Alumni Association for the Trial Lawyers College)
  • American Inns of Court, Member, Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas
  • Judge Advocates Association Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Government Relations Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Past President, 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
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow


  • 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 – 2000
  • Piedmont Judicial Circuit, 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 – 2002

Bases we regularly visit include, but are 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

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