Patrick McLain is a counsel in the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, and a member of the International Trade, Investment and Market Access Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2005.
Mr. McLain's practice focuses on international economic regulation and trade policy, with a focus on antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission and federal courts; WTO litigation and counseling; 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 and Academic 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.