McClain Schonekas
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McClain Schonekas

Associate
504-680-6066

McClain joined the firm in 2018. McClain has a range of experience in litigation and commercial transactions. He has tried cases in state and federal court, and he has represented sellers, buyers, and lenders in commercial transactions. McClain’s commercial litigation practice includes representing parties in cases involving contracts, business and corporate disputes, bad faith insurance litigation, decommissioning liability, lease disputes, disciplinary matters, and administrative actions.

McClain earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2007. He worked in real estate finance and real estate development in North Carolina and New York. McClain worked for a major commercial bank’s investment bank in the areas of commercial mortgage backed securities and historic and low-income tax credits. He then joined a student housing development company, opening an office for the company in central New York. McClain received his J.D./G.D.C.L. from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2014. He was Order of the Coif and a Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review. After a year of practicing law for a large Louisiana based law firm, McClain left the firm to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2015-2016).

〉 NOTABLE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Representing plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes in both state and federal court involving issues such as breach of contract, unfair trade practices, ownership rights, and business torts.
  • Representing plaintiffs in commercial bad faith insurance litigation disputes
  • Representing members and shareholders in business transactions involving corporate and real estate matters.
  • Representing clients in arbitration proceedings involving restrictive covenants and other business and employment matters
〉 HONORS AND RECOGNITION
  • Senior Editor, Louisiana Law Review, 2013-2014
  • Member, Louisiana Law Review, 2012-2014
  • Order of the Coif, 2014
  • Chancellor’s List- Fall 2011, Spring 2012
  • Paul M. Hebert Scholar Award- Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
  • Louisiana State Law Institute, Junior Member, 2015
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2020
〉 PAST EXPERIENCE
  • Schonekas, Evans, McGoey & McEachin L.L.C. (Associate, 2018 – Present)
  • Kean Miller LLP (New Orleans, Louisiana, Associate, 2016-2018)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (New Orleans, Louisiana, Law Clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement, 2015-2016)
  • Kean Miller LLP (New Orleans, Louisiana, Associate, 2014-2015)
〉 BAR ADMISSIONS

Admitted to practice in Louisiana, and licensed to practice before all Louisiana State Courts, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Litigation Focus
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bad Faith Insurance Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Disciplinary Matters
  • Commercial Transactions
Education
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Juris Doctor 2014, magna cum laude
  • University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia) Bachelor of Business Administration 2007, Major: Real Estate, Minor: Art History