Mr. McClain has pioneered litigation against asbestos suppliers, the tobacco industry and artificial butter flavoring manufacturers and suppliers in the microwave popcorn industry. He has won verdicts totaling more than $100 million for several workers at microwave popcorn factories who were exposed to diacetyl, a chemical used to make the butter flavoring, and suffered debilitating lung diseases.
In 2016, a jury in Springfield, MO awarded one of Mr. McClain’s clients $20.6 million in damages after she developed an autoimmune disorder from exposure to a toxic chemical that had been dumped on land near her home by a Missouri ball bearings manufacturer. He also secured a landmark settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a Maryland college football player who died from concussion-related injuries. The $1.2 million settlement reached with the college, NCAA and two helmet manufacturers contained significant non-monetary provisions aimed at reducing the occurrence of concussions among college athletes.
Most recently, Mr. McClain won a $60 million verdict in New York for a husband and wife business ownership team in a breach of contract case against HMS Holdings Corp.
J.D. – 1982
Editor, Journal of Law Reform
Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa
B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude
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