Jared McClain is an attorney with the Institute for Justice.

He joined IJ in February 2022 after litigating public-interest cases for several years. 

Jared has litigated cases to protect economic liberty, property rights, and free speech from unlawful government intrusion.  In his first case, he won an injunction securing a paycheck-protection loan for a small-business owner, which the Small Business Administration had denied because the owner had a prior felony conviction.  Jared has also challenged the federal courts’ unconstitutional application of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Before becoming a public-interest lawyer, Jared clerked for the Honorable Andrea M. Leahy on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  He was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the Honorable Anthony Trenga of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Honorable R. Terence Ney of the Circuit Court for Fairfax County, Virginia.    

Jared’s work has been featured in Per Curiam by The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, InsideSources, The University of Baltimore Law Review, and The Journal of Southern Legal History.

He received his law degree with honors from George Mason University School of Law and his undergraduate degree is from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Jared is a member of the Maryland and D.C. bars and is admitted to practice in several federal courts throughout the country.

Jared's Cases

Private Property

Humboldt Abatements

In Humboldt County, the government issues ruinous fines for things people didn’t do because it doesn’t bother to investigate. Innocent landowners then have to appeal the fines to prove their innocence at a hearing the…

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