Patrick J. McLain

Patrick J. McLain

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Dallas, TX

Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC
 | 900 Jackson St, Suite 635
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-416-9100
Fax: 972-502-9789
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Military/Veterans Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Patrick J. McLain is a criminal defense lawyer with over 30 years courtroom experience.  His principal office is in Dallas, Texas; however, his practice is not limited to north Texas.  He handles federal criminal law cases throughout the United States and military law cases worldwide.

Mr. McLain is a former federal prosecutor and criminal court judge.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years. Today, he continues to fight for the rights and freedoms of others. He tenaciously, aggressively and skillfully defends those who face the threat of criminal charges or are fighting for their civil rights.

Within criminal defense, his practice areas focuses on white collar crimes like fraud, computer crimes, drug crimes (such as trafficking, possession, and manufacturing), fraud charges (healthcare fraud, internet fraud, financial fraud), and felonies of all sorts and complexity.  Mr. McLain also battles for those wronged by law enforcement and other government officials in civil rights cases.  Within military law, he handles cases involving courts-martial, separation boards, boards of inquiry, security clearance appeals, physical evaluation boards, and cases involving alleged war crimes.

Mr. McLain has told SuperLawyers, "If your future is worth the fight, we will be there at your side to represent you with strength, honor and experience."

About Patrick McLain

Admitted: 1990, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • D Magazine's "Best Lawyers" List, 2009
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 2002
  • Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1993
  • Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1987
  • Outstanding Career Attorney Award, Judge Advocates' Association, 2002
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 1999
  • Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1991
  • Achievement Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1986
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2002
  • Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps, 1996
  • Champions and Finalists, Mock Trial Team, Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges Competition, 1989
  • AV (pre-eminent) rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
  • President Elect, F Warrior (alumni) Association, Trial Lawyers' College, 2015
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Government Relations Committee, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Criminal Law Section, Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • Court of Criminal Appeals for the Army
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Dallas County Committee for a Qualified Judiciary, 2016
  • Co-chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Dallas Bar Association, 2011
  • American Inns of Court (Member, Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas)
  • Member, Client Grievance Committee, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar College of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • Court of Criminal Appeals for the Air Force
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • State Bar of Texas Foundation, 2015
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, Criminal Justice Committee, Dallas Bar Association
  • Past President, Dallas Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • Life Member, Board of Directors, Judge Advocates' Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Court of Criminal Appeals for the Navy - Marine Corps

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Third Degree, Knights of Columbus, 1977 - Present
  • President, Virginia Commonwealth Governor's School
  • Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 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

Representative Clients:

  • Military personnel in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy - active duty, reserve, and Guard.

Educational Background:

  • Graduate student, Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming, 2012
  • University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, B.A., 1980

Industry Groups

  • Military
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Office Location for Patrick J. McLain

900 Jackson St
Suite 635
Dallas, TX 75202

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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