Brandon C. McClain

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Attorney Brandon C. McClain is the Recorder of Montgomery County.  He was appointed in March 2018, elected in November of that same year to fill the unexpired term and re-elected to a 4-year term in 2020.

Recorder McClain graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and the University of Dayton School of Law with a Juris Doctor.  He is also a veteran, having served as a non-commissioned officer in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Sergeant prior to being honorably discharged.

Mr. McClain is admitted to the practice of law in the state of Ohio, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the United States Tax Court. His legal experience varies from being an Acting Judge and Magistrate in the Dayton Municipal Court, to being an Assistant Public Defender in the Montgomery County Public Defender's Office. Mr. McClain also serves as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law specializing in Alternative Dispute Resolution and an Ohio Realtor. 

Recorder McClain has initiated three key programs in the Montgomery County Recorder's Office: E-recording (electronic document recording), the Veterans Identification Card Program and the Fraud Alert Notification System. In recognition of his efforts as Recorder, Mr. McClain was invited to attend the prestigious State of Ohio Leadership Institute (The Ohio State University, 2021) and has received the Huber Heights Military and Veterans Commission Award (City of Huber Heights, 2021), the National Association of Social Workers Region 7 Public Elected Official of the Year Award (NASW, 2020), the Herman Zerger Veteran of the Year Award (ODP, 2019), the Top Ten African-American Male Award (Parity, Inc., 2019), the Forty Under 40 Award (the Dayton Business Journal, 2019), the Joseph Cinque Award (University of Dayton, 2018) and has been inducted into the Dayton Bar Association Foundation Fellowship (Dayton Bar Association, 2019).

In addition to his elected duties, Mr. McClain is a member of the Ohio Recorders Association, the Dayton Area Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Greater Dayton Realtist Association, the President’s Club, the Rotary Club of Dayton, and the Northmont Kiwanis Club; serves on the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Sinclair Community College (SCC) Paralegal Program Advisory Committee, the SCC Real Estate Advisory Committee, the Ohio Recorders Association Legislative Committee, the Dayton Mediation Center Board of Directors, the African American Community Fund (Component of the Dayton Foundation) Board of Directors, the Special Wish Foundation Dayton Board of Directors; Co-Chair of Wright Dunbar's Medal of Honor Memorial Project Campaign, and is the Chairman of the Montgomery County Data Processing Board.

McClain has a beautiful wife named Tinisha, a bonus son named Gabriel and two furry friends named Vans and Bobby.