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Phoenix Military Defense Lawyer

Phoenix Military Defense Attorney

Aggressive Legal Advocacy for Our Servicemen and Servicewomen in Arizona

When faced with allegations or charges within the military justice system or any type of corrective action, you should not wait to seek legal advice from a civilian military lawyer. With your military career, reputation, and even freedom at stake, you need personalized attention and a dedicated defense strategy tailored to the unique circumstances of your case. 

Patrick J. McLain, PLLC is a Phoenix military defense lawyer with the unique qualifications needed to provide effective representation when the government comes after you. With over 30 awards and honors, he served over two decades of active service in the Marine Corps and is a retired court-martial trial judge, a former federal prosecutor, and a former USMC defense attorney. He understands how both sides approach cases in a wide range of military forums, and he is ready to put his vast experience to work for you. 

When you are accused, our firm will stick up for you! Schedule a free consultation by calling (888) 606-3385 or contacting us online today.

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You Need Seasoned Civilian Military Lawyer When Facing Court-Martial Charges

A court-martial is a judicial court used to determine the guilt or innocence of military personnel charged with breaches of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Though these proceedings may in some ways resemble civilian trials, their rules vary considerably. Consequences may include incarceration, loss of pay, loss of rank, or dishonorable discharge, but the impacts of a court-martial conviction go far beyond immediate penalties.

A court-martial conviction can lead to a criminal record that persists long after one has left the military, adversely affecting future professional and educational opportunities. It can mean the end of your career, a loss of military benefits, and a tarnished reputation that can haunt you for many years. The societal stigma associated with a dishonorable discharge can also be a heavy burden to bear, one that infiltrates almost every aspect of post-military life, including prospects for civilian employment, credibility, and community status.

With so much on the line, hiring a civilian military lawyer with a history of handling cases like yours is essential. Our Phoenix military defense attorney is not only well-versed in the nuances of military law but operates independently of the military chain of command. We possess the freedom to pursue a variety of defense strategies without the limitations that appointed military defense attorneys might face. In addition, we will have more time and resources to dedicate to your case, allowing for a thorough investigation and preparation that is essential for an effective defense.

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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 Two Decades in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Our Firm is Top-Rated & Award-Winning
  • Over 3,500 Cases Successfully Handled

You Aren’t Alone! Get Compassionate Legal Support.

No one wants to learn they are facing a corrective action or a court-martial. Beyond the possibility of serious, life-altering consequences, mere allegations of wrongdoing can isolate a servicemember. The stress of pending legal action often breeds uncertainty and anxiety, potentially leading to a sense of abandonment, especially if peers and superior officers distance themselves due to the formal nature of the proceedings.

You may be grappling with the fear of losing your career, reputation, and honor – and we get it. We have represented and helped people in your position. Our team recognizes the magnitude of the emotional distress you are likely experiencing and is here to provide comprehensive and compassionate support during this critical period. We are not just your legal advocates: We are also steadfast allies who maintain transparent communication and will remain consistently available to address any fears or concerns. Your interests are our interests, and we will do everything in our power to protect them. 

Accused by the government and not sure where to turn? Call (888) 606-3385 or contact us online to discuss your case with our team. 


    "I won my military case due to his diligence, knowledge and experience in military law."

    I cannot recommend Patrick highly enough. I won my military case due to his diligence, knowledge and experience in military law. Had I proceeded on my own, I would have lost, for the process was simply too complex. When working with Patrick, there was never a time when I felt left in the dark on my case, nor a time when his assessments and instructions were unclear. Should you be in any difficult circumstance, Patrick will work his tail off for you and keep you clearly informed on the status of your case. Again, I highly recommend the services of Patrick McLain.

    - Dan C.
    "Great lawyer and better person"
    Mr. McLain helped me through the most difficult experience in my life. As a Marine Officer facing an upcoming board of inquiry for conduct issues, I was fearful of losing a career that I deeply cherished. Mr. McLain not only gave me perfect legal advice throughout the process, but also reached out many times to see how I was doing on a personal level. A great lawyer and better person, Mr. McLain helped me become successful in my board of inquiry and keep moving forward in my career. His knowledge and experience are top notch, and his military experience and personal qualities make him the best lawyer out there to defend military personnel. Would highly recommend to anyone.
    - Jonathan
    "Amazing strength and integrity with the combination of experience, insight, and knowledge of military law."

    I have found my lawyer Patrick McLain, to be honest, right to the point, consistently giving me realistic outcomes through the whole process of my case. He's definitely no nonsense, cut to the chase. As a client…I've never been left hanging; he makes sure all my correspondence is returned. He's got amazing strength and integrity with the combination of experience, insight, and knowledge of military law. He stands behind his words and expects the same in return. I say my blessings every day for him taking my case. With him as my attorney, I've achieved best possible outcomes.

    - Gina F.
    "Always made me feel as though I was his most important client, and was knowledgeable on all subjects."

    He completely cared, took my case personally, always made me feel as though I was his most important client, and was knowledgeable on all subjects. I give him the highest rating possible and totally recommend him to anyone who is 

    - Mike
    "I was entirely impressed with mclain’s work on my case."

    I called McLain when the military charged me with some B.S., McLain immediately jumped into action and made things happen in my favor. Don't do it alone … your military chain of command will try to make you think that your cooperation will help you, it will NOT. I was entirely impressed with McLain's work on my 

    - Chris C.
    "Amazing lawyer who fights for you!"
    A tremendous lawyer in a time of need. After being accused of conduct unbecoming an officer for personal conduct while off duty, I hired Mr. McLain to help me through the process. He diligently worked behind the scenes to make sure my voice was being heard. Despite my inability to listen to his direction early on, Mr. Mclain was patient and continued to fight on my behalf. Mr. McLain helped me win at a board of inquiry with no other disciplinary action. A sincere man, who is dedicated to his clients. Would strongly recommend and is a great asset to military clients everywhere.
    - Former Client
    "Thanks to him I am now able to get on with my life."

    It took some time to make it happen, but it did just like Patrick said, he is a hard charging guy that can help you get what you deserve, Thanks to him I am now able to get on with my life.

    - Chip
    "He is a hard worker and will fight for you the moment you choose him to be on your team!"

    My husband hired Patrick for his summary court martial and Patrick and his team were there every step of the way. They communicated everything they needed and were even there when either me or my husband had any questions. He is a hard worker and will fight for you the moment you choose him to be on your team!

    - Angela
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