McClain Thompson is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office. McClain has represented Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms in complex commercial cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. McClain has broad experience litigating products liability claims, mass torts, contract cases, energy disputes and other complex commercial matters.

McClain has extensive experience litigating in bankruptcy courts. He has been trial counsel more than a dozen times in high-profile bankruptcies involving Energy Future Holdings, Chesapeake Energy, and Frontier Communications, among others. McClain has represented both debtors and creditors in numerous other contested and evidentiary hearings, often on expedited schedules.

In his pro bono work, McClain represented three prisoners in successful federal clemency petitions, securing their early release for non-violent offenses.

Before joining Kirkland, McClain clerked for 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