2021 Annual Conference Speaker – Kevin McClain

Kevin W. McClain is a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. He is a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, a Board Accredited Investigator and President of Kevin W. McClain Investigations Ltd., which is a multi-state investigative firm (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky) with 10 investigators that have over 200 years of investigative experience. He is qualified as an expert in Criminal Investigations, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He has also been a college instructor in personal security. Mr. McClain began his career in 1993 and gained distinction as one of the regions premier private investigators assisting some of the finest criminal defense and civil attorneys with major felonies, personal injuries, wrongful deaths, excessive force shootings, civil rights investigations, police misconduct investigations, white collar defense investigations, corporate investigations and high profile media cases. He has been a featured speaker at the national conferences for NLADA “Life in the Balance Capital Defense training seminars in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Florida and St. Louis. He has spoken for the IICLE, ISBA,IACDL,MACDL,Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee Public Defenders Mr. McClain has taught for Jon Rapping’s Gideon’s Promise for returning attorneys. He also has been a featured speaker at the international and national conferences for NACDL,NALI, NCISS, NAPD, Intellenet and the Federal Defenders. Mr. McClain has presented on over 20 different criminal defense subject matters in over 25 states.

He has developed numerous presentations on the utilization of the Internet and Social Media and has been retained as a Cyber Investigator in high profile media cases conducting jury research, analysis, verifying credentials of experts and deep web searching and backgrounds of witnesses. He has developed investigative and attorney training programs throughout the country. He is a founding faculty member of nationally acclaimed Essentials of Defense Investigations Training Institute for criminal attorneys and investigators held yearly in Faubush, Kentucky. He has been a featured speaker for the Wisconsin National Investigator Training Program held each year in Delevan, WI.

He has the distinction of being part of the defense team on two Illinois Death Penalty cases which were dismissed prior to trial. (First time in Illinois history since Capital Litigation Division was formed in 2000.) Mr. McClain has conducted over (90) Death Penalty investigations as a fact and mitigation investigator around the country including two recent cases one was part of the Angola (5) defendants in Louisiana which resulted in a life sentence and the other which recently concluded (March 2015) was a federal death penalty case where the client was charged with (6) homicides. The case resulted in a life sentence with one of the homicides getting an acquittal on at the guilt/ innocence stage of the trial. Most recently (March 2019) Mr. McClain was part of a US Marine military defense team that obtained a Not Guilty verdict on a homicide after three-week trial. Mr. McClain latest victory came as he was part of defense team that testified at the post-conviction hearing for a young man who had been incarcerated for 23 years which led to his exoneration in July 2020.

Recently Mr. McClain had the honor to present at the NACDL Annual Conference in Palm Beach, Florida and NACDL’S Sex Crime Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. McClain presented on very timely subjects with his brand-new presentations “The Thin Blue Line Investigating Police Misconduct” and “Sex Lies and Reasonable Doubt, Investigating Sexual Assault on a College Campus a Case Study”

Mr. McClain is the founder of the READI Response Investigative Network and Mobile App www.readiresponse.com. An investigative network of over 500 investigators connected through mobile app technology.

Mr. McClain has also worked extensively with the Center of Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and is on the faculty at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College and is a contract investigator for the Missouri Public Defenders, Kentucky Public Defenders, Federal CJA Panel Investigators and the Exoneration Project in Chicago. Mr. McClain can be reached at 877-532-1152, mcclainpi@gmail.com or www.mcclaininvestigations.com.