John McClain


  • JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2010; North Carolina Law Review
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005; Phi Beta Kappa


  • New York, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2015
  • Spanish

John McClain


John joined Ropes & Gray in 2011 as an associate practicing in the litigation department.

Prior to joining the firm, John worked for the Business in Development Network, a Dutch NGO that promotes sustainable economic growth in 17 emerging markets worldwide by helping local entrepreneurs make their businesses more investable. He worked in their Buenos Aires, Argentina office.

During law school, John worked for a North Carolina district attorney’s office assisting in the successful prosecution of a high-profile murder, studied comparative law at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France, and served on the staff of the North Carolina Law Review.


  • Currently representing investors and trustees in multiple residential mortgage-backed securities repurchase actions pending in state and federal courts.
  • Currently defending private equity fund sponsor against a shareholder class action alleging violations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with a secondary offering of a portfolio company’s securities in defense of dismissal before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of a multibillion-dollar oil and gas exploration and production company that filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in multiparty litigation before the bankruptcy court.
  • Defended investment adviser against proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging violations of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
  • Defended medical technology company against a qui tam action alleging violations of the False Claims Act, including subsequent defense of dismissal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended private equity fund sponsor against shareholder actions in various jurisdictions challenging its multibillion-dollar acquisition of a multinational pharmaceutical company on various grounds.
  • Represented various clients in corporate governance disputes, transactional due diligence inquiries, and internal investigations relating to potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.


  • Christopher G. Green, Matthew McGinnis, and John McClain, “What the Cuban Verdict Means for Insider Trading,” Insights (November 2013)