A member of Foley’s Litigation Department, McLain is a member of the firm’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice and works closely with the Health Care, Cannabis, and Sports & Entertainment Industry Teams. As a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, Byron has leveraged his extensive knowledge and broad network of relationships to achieve the best results for his clients in a very discrete manner. He is strongly adept at articulating complex issues in layman’s terms across industries and at humanizing corporate clients so they are relatable as witnesses.
Byron previously served as deputy chief of the General Crimes Section in the U.S. Attorney’s office (USAO) for the Central District of California, where he co-supervised a training section of more than 50 assistant U.S. attorneys. He also served as a prosecutor in the Major Frauds Section of the Criminal Division, where he investigated and prosecuted white-collar crime. As a fraud lawyer at the USAO Los Angeles location, he has tried eight criminal cases to jury verdict and argued two cases before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His areas of experience include health care fraud, securities law violations, false claims, kickbacks, wire and mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, tax conspiracy fraud, movie investment fraud, obstruction of justice, marijuana/cannabis distribution, and illegal immigration.
McLain, a 2007 graduate of Harvard Law School, also is the 2019 Past President of the John M. Langston Bar Association. He is a board director of the Harvard Law School Association Black Alumni Network, a board member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee and a board member of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.