Patrick J. McLain

Patrick McLain's practice involves international economic regulation and trade policy, with a focus on WTO litigation and market access counseling; antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission and federal courts; and export control matters. Recent representations include the WTO disputes between the United States and European Union concerning large civil aircraft, as well as trade litigation and counseling involving the automobile, chemical, information technology, telecommunications and wooden furniture industries. A significant portion of Mr. McLain's practice relates to inbound and outbound trade with China.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McLain clerked for the Hon. Jane A. Restani, Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade. In addition to serving the chief judge on a variety of trade remedies and customs cases before the Court of International Trade, he supported her work as a visiting judge with the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Professional Activities

From 2007 to 2010, Mr. McLain was Chair of the International Trade Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

In law school, Mr. McLain was a member of the Moot Court Board and participated in several interscholastic moot court competitions. He was managing editor of the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum and a staff editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. His student note, Settling the Score with Saddam: Resolution 1441 and Parallel Justifications for the Use of Force Against Iraq, 13 Duke J. Comp. & Int'l L. 233 (2003), was recognized as a Submission of Merit by the Washington Foreign Law Society in connection with its 2004 Justice Robert H. Jackson Award.


  • Recommended in the 2017 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his international trade practice. In 2018–2020 he was named to the "Next Generation Lawyers" list for dispute resolution—international trade.
  • Mr. McLain is one of only four attorneys named by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in 2015 in the field of international trade law. This is the second consecutive year that he has been recognized in the field.

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  • Education

    • LLM, International and Comparative Law, Duke University, 2003

    • JD, Duke University, 2003

      cum laude Recipient, Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in International, Transnational and Comparative Law
    • BSFS, Georgetown University, 1998

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • California

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Jane A. Restani, US Court of International Trade, 2003 - 2005