Chad McLain grew up in a small town in South Carolina where he played football and baseball from a young age. He went on to attend a small college in upstate South Carolina where he pitched and was eventually inducted into the Wofford College Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, Chad taught high school, coached baseball, and worked for one of the biggest property and casualty insurance companies in the world. Chad endured a family tragedy in the late 1990’s with the sudden death of his mother that inspired him to focus on what he really wanted to do with his life. This is when he decided to attend law school and graduated from The University of Tulsa College of Law. Chad began practicing law with Dan Graves in 2002. Chad and Dan formed Graves McLain in 2010.
As a former insurance claims specialist, he has a keen understanding of the ins and outs of the claims and litigation side of the insurance industry. Chad is passionate about pursuing justice for his clients injured through the negligence of others. Chad focuses his practice on personal injury resulting in serious life-altering injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, and insurance bad faith.
Chad is active in the community through various professional and university-affiliated organizations. Chad is currently an officer on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Association for Justice, and is the chairperson of its PAC, Citizens for Justice. He has also served as a board member and the president of the board of Tulsa Lawyers for Children, a non-profit organization providing legal services to deprived children through the Tulsa County Juvenile Court System.
He is on the Board of the Tulsa County Bar Foundation and has served as the Chairperson of the Capital Campaign to revitalize the Tulsa County Bar Center. Chad has held leadership positions within the Tulsa County Bar Association and Tulsa County Bar Foundation for many years, including Chair of the Law Week, Community Outreach and Bench & Bar Committees, and Chair of the TCBA’s Pro Bono Celebration.
Chad is also a past President of the Board of Governors for the Summit Club. Additionally, Chad served on the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane Club Board of Directors for many years in various leadership positions.
In 2016, the firm started a backpack drive to benefit school children in underprivileged areas of the Tulsa Public School system and was able to donate over 300 backpacks to the students at Jackson Elementary. The program has grown to supply nearly 2000 backpacks with supplies each school year.
The personal injury attorneys of Graves McLain law firm volunteer their time to various community and charitable organizations like “Lawyers Against Hunger” and “Tulsa Lawyers for Children”. TLC handles deprived children's cases at the juvenile bureau where the Public Defender’s office has a conflict. They represent minors who are adjudicated, deprived, and are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.
- University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 2001
- Wofford College, B.A., Finance, 1991
- Admitted to the Bar, 2002
- Oklahoma State Court
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Tulsa County Bar Association
- Oklahoma Association for Justice
- American Association of Justice
- The National Trial Lawyers
- Tulsa Lawyers For Children, President, 2014-15, Board member present
- Oklahoma Association for Justice, Board member 2013-2015, President-Elect 2016-2017
- Summit Club, Board member, 2010-2014, Executive Committee, 2011-present, President of the Board, present
- Tulsa County Bar Foundation Capital Campaign Committee, Chairperson 2012 – Present
- Named "Super Lawyer", Super Lawyers Magazine, 2011-Present
- Named "Rising Star", Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008-2010
- Rated "AV Preeminent", Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
- Recipient, CALI Excellence Award in Insurance Law
- Phi Delta Phi, Alumni
- As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation – National Business Institute, 2016
- Advanced Discovery and Trial Practice- Civil Court Judicial Forum Moderator, 2015
- Auto Injury Litigation From Start To Finish- NBI Continuing Education Class, 2013
- Plaintiff's Personal Injury- NBI Continuing Education Class, 2011
- Orangeburg, South Carolina