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Denise S. Cline

Denise S. Cline

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration, Health Care

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About Me

After more than two decades practicing law, I find that two things still make me happy that I'm a lawyer: connection with my clients and the challenge of telling their stories as clearly and persuasively as possible, whether to judges, juries or to opposing counsel. My first post-college job was as a newspaper reporter for a daily paper where I learned to appreciate the power of a few, well-chosen words. Now I understand that such power, combined with knowledge of the law, helps my clients solve their problems. I have also learned how different each client’s needs are and how creative and intuitive I must be with each instead of providing cookie- cutter legal responses. I strive to provide excellent, responsive service and to maintain a high level of integrity with my clients and among my colleagues.

I started my own practice because I want to make my own choices about how and for whom I practice law and because I continually seek balance in my professional and personal life. When I'm not working, I run, bike, hike swim, and sing in a choir. I enjoy art and music of all kinds, cooking, conversations and travel. I'm an avid reader of histories, biographies and fiction totally unrelated to the law. The older I get, the more I impressed I am by genuine humility and an open heart. I’m helped in my efforts to stay humble and open when I hang around young people like my twin children, daughter and son, who regularly remind me how little I really know, strive to keep me honest, and always keep me laughing.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Health Care: 10%
  4. Arbitration: 10%
  5. Mediation: 10%

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Contact Info

Law Offices of Denise Smith Cline, PLLC

16 North Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC, 27603

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCAuthorized to practice law198306/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberLaw Offices of Denise Smith Cline, PLLC2010 - Present
PartnerSmith Moore Leatherwood, LLP2003 - 2010
MemberMoore & Van Allen1991 - 2003
AssociateMoore & Van Allen1985 - 1991
Law ClerkNorth Carolina Supreme Court1983 - 1985

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United Way of the Greater TriangleBoard of DirectorsN/A
Smart Start of Wake CountyFormer Board of DirectorsN/A
Wake County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
North Carolina Bar AssociationmemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
AHLA Panel of NeutralsMemberN/A
American Arbitration Association•Panel of NeutralsN/A
Superior Court CertifiedMediatorN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Business LeaderHe Posted What? - Managing Employee Blogs in the Workplace2007
Defense Research Institute (DRI)For the Defense2006
North Carolina Medical Society websiteEnforcing Physician Noncompetition Agreements: Five Myths, Five Tips2005

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillSchool of LawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Davidson CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
University of Reading, EnglandReadingN/A1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
SeminarUnderstanding the Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers2010
WebinarUnderstanding the Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers2009
Audio SeminarRaising a ‘Red Flag’: Understanding the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act2008
Audio ConferenceE-Privacy: How to Legally Monitor Employee Communications2008
Social Media SummitBlogging and Social Networking: What’s the Law Got to Do with It?”2007
SeminarWage and Hour Claims: a Practical Guide to Claim Resolution2006
ConferencePrivacy Concerns in the Workplace2006