Denise S. Cline

Denise Smith Cline, Mediator & Arbitrator

Experienced & Responsive
16 North Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603


Commercial, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Healthcare, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice, Sexual Harassment, Wage and Hour, Workplace, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

Employment and Healthcare law

I focus my practice on a full array of state and federal law and regulations relating to employment and the workplace, including issues involving discrimination, retaliation, and disability accommodation, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and trade secret agreements, and severance and separation packages. I have represented both employers and employees over the years, although most of my clients are businesses who regularly call upon me for employment counsel. As a mediator and arbitrator, I have helped resolve disputes involving professional practices and services. I have also represented a number of health care clients, regularly drafting and reviewing physician, staff and other employment contracts. I  regularly work with physician, dental, law and other professional practices on healthcare and employment law compliance issues and conflict resolution. I have a special interest in the changing law relating to technology and privacy in the workplace.

Employee Training and Internal Investigations

I offer employer training in avoiding litigation, including harassment prevention, diversity and other employment practices training. I also regularly conduct internal investigations, reviews and audits of employment policies, handbooks and practices.


I work with clients to avoid litigation if possible, but sometmes, litigation is the only solution. I have more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in agencies and arbitration proceedings throughout the country. I have repeatedly been named as a "Super Lawyer" in Litigation by the Super Lawyers  magazine, and as a part of the Legal Elite in Employment Law, by Business North Carolina. In 2012, I was nominated by my peers to join the Litigation Council of America.

Dispute Resolution

I have broad experience as an arbitrator and mediator, and I serve on the Panel of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association in Employment Law and American Health Lawyers Association. I have been a North Carolina Superior Court certified mediator since 1996 and regularly and successfully mediate cases involving employment, healthcare law, personal injury and other business disputes.

Our firm focuses on employment and health care law issues, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Here, you can expect the best of two worlds, both effective, persuasive advocacy from a lawyer with 25 years’ experience in big regional law firms and the personal attention and responsiveness you hope for from a professional dedicated to providing excellent, personal service, one client at a time. Our first job is to listen closely to your issues and concerns. Once we understand what you're facing and what you want to accomplish, we help you decide whether a legal strategy or some other solution would work best for you. Then we offer assured guidance through the next steps, whether through counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation.

Law Offices of Denise Smith Cline, PLLC            

16 North Boylan Avenue, Raleigh NC 27603            

Office Tel: (919) 926 0734            

Cell: (919) 602 6225            

Fax: (980) 225 5189            

Email: [email protected]