John McClain



Mr. McClain represents debtors, creditors, and other parties-in-interest in complex litigation arising out of corporate restructurings, including contested matters, adversary proceedings, trials, and appeals.

Mr. McClain is a seasoned litigator who has successfully brought and defended a wide range of complex lawsuits on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in federal, state, and administrative tribunals nationwide. In addition to matters arising under the Bankruptcy Code, Mr. McClain has litigated disputes under the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Investment Advisers Act, the Patent Act, the Securities Act, and the Securities Exchange Act, among others, and has extensive experience litigating contract and tort disputes as well. On behalf of his clients, Mr. McClain both secures judgments in courts of first instance and defends those judgments in courts of appeal, always aiming to help his clients achieve their objectives in the most efficient manner possible.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. McClain served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Allegra Collins of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Chief Judge Richard Myers of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and was a litigation associate at an international law firm.

John McClain



Bar Admission

  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 2010
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • B.A. - 2005
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: English
    • Major: Political Science


  • Hon. Allegra K. Collins, North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Hon. Richard E. Myers II, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Past Positions

  • Ropes & Gray LLP