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Denise S. Cline

Employment and labor Attorney at Raleigh, NC

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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.

Licensed for 39 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 10/03/2022

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Law Offices of Denise Smith Cline, PLLC
16 North Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC, 27603

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Law Offices of Denise Smith Cline, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Member
  • Moore & Van Allen
  • 1991 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Moore & Van Allen
  • 1985 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • 1983 - 1985
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Education

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Davidson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979
  • University of Reading, England
  • 1978

Associations

  • United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • AHLA Panel of Neutrals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Arbitration Association
  • •Panel of Neutrals
  • N/A
  • Superior Court Certified
  • Mediator
  • N/A
  • Smart Start of Wake County
  • Former Board of Directors
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2019
  • Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Business Leader
  • He Posted What? - Managing Employee Blogs in the Workplace
  • 2007
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • For the Defense
  • 2006
  • North Carolina Medical Society website
  • Enforcing Physician Noncompetition Agreements: Five Myths, Five Tips
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
  • Understanding the Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers
  • 2010
  • Webinar
  • Understanding the Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers
  • 2009
  • Audio Seminar
  • Raising a ‘Red Flag’: Understanding the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
  • 2008
  • Audio Conference
  • E-Privacy: How to Legally Monitor Employee Communications
  • 2008
  • Social Media Summit
  • Blogging and Social Networking: What’s the Law Got to Do with It?”
  • 2007
  • Seminar
  • Wage and Hour Claims: a Practical Guide to Claim Resolution
  • 2006
  • Conference
  • Privacy Concerns in the Workplace
  • 2006
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Raleigh Employment and labor Lawyer Denise S. Cline
Denise S. Cline
Employment and labor Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 39 years