Mr. McClain has a long career handling a wide variety of complex litigation matters in venues ranging from state courts, federal district courts and the United States Supreme Court, where he represented clients in two precedent-setting cases.
Education & Professional Background
A native of Texas, McClain spent the early years of his career in the Lone Star State. He grew up near Houston and earned his law degree at the University of Houston Law Center in 1982.
After receiving his J.D., he went into private practice with a firm in Beaumont, Texas, cutting his teeth as a young lawyer by handling asbestos and other toxic-tort litigation — both as defense counsel and by representing deserving injured people.
“It was a formative experience in my career to be able to try cases at a very early age and learn how the courtroom actually functions in real life,” McClain says.
After four years, he joined a firm in Houston for a time before going in-house with Conoco, Inc., where he handled litigation for the Houston-based company in a very hands-on fashion. The company sought out lawyers with significant trial experience, like McClain, to work closely with outside counsel rather than just farming out the work.
During his six years there, McClain oversaw a wide range of litigation, including personal injury cases, joint-venture disputes, licensing matters, and very specialized Jones Act admiralty law cases involving offshore oil platform accidents and other matters.
He was then recruited to join Anadarko Petroleum, also in Houston, to help the firm build its litigation section — and build it he did. Over the course of his seven years, it grew from a one-man litigation staff to 10 lawyers.
Then, in 2004, McClain left Texas to join Monsanto Co. as chief litigation counsel for one of the world’s biggest biotechnology companies. During his 11 years there, McClain had several major achievements. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Monsanto’s favor in a closely watched patent case, Bowman v. Monsanto, involving patented seeds. That year, Monsanto was recognized for having the Most Innovative Law Department in the U.S. for its Supreme Court success and a $1 billion patent verdict that was then turned into a $1.7 billion commercial licensing agreement.
The Jeffcoat Firm
McClain concluded his career at Monsanto in 2015, when he decided to move to South Carolina to be closer to his family. In joining The Jeffcoat Firm, McClain is applying his extensive litigation experience to benefit people who have been injured and are looking to get their lives back.