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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.


Contact info

Law Offices of Denise Smith Cline, PLLC

16 North Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC, 27603

Practice areas


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


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
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
Association namePosition nameDuration
United Way of the Greater TriangleBoard 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
Smart Start of Wake CountyFormer Board of DirectorsN/A
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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Davidson CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
University of ReadingReadingN/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