McClain Thompson is a litigation associate in Kirkland’s Washington office.

He has represented clients such as Energy Future Holdings Corp., Avison Young, Mission Coal Company, and Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC in a variety of matters in federal and state courts across the country.

McClain maintains an active pro bono practice. He represented three federal prisoners in successful clemency petitions and currently represents a capital inmate in post-conviction proceedings in Tennessee state court.

Before joining Kirkland, McClain served as a law clerk to Judge Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2019District of Columbia
  • 2016New York
  • 2014Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2014
  • University of MissouriBachelor of Journalismsumma cum laude2011