Lance D. Cline

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Carmel, IN

The Cline Law Firm
 | 11450 N Meridian St, Suite 200
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-896-0900
Fax: 317-732-8555
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Lance D. Cline is the founder of The Cline Law Firm. Mr. Cline has dedicated his career to representing victims of medical negligence, medical and consumer product defects, motor vehicle collisions, toxic torts, crime, and birth injuries. His 36 years of legal experience have made him a fierce advocate and knowledgeable litigator representing injured people and their loved ones against health care providers, motor vehicle operators, large corporations and other formidable opponents.

    Mr. Cline's dedication to his clients and high level of skill at trial advocacy have earned him membership in the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, a national organization of the top 100 plaintiffs' attorneys in the United States, as well as the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization comprised of the top 1 percent of trial attorneys nationwide. He was also named Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2014, Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney of the Year in 2018, a Top 10 Attorney in Indiana for the years 2018 and 2019 by Super Lawyers, and Co-Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2018 in Indiana by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. 

    Mr. Cline earned a B.A. from Indiana University in 1973 with highest distinction, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, and received his Juris Doctor from Indiana University in 1980 with honors. He is admitted to practice before all Indiana state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He is a member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the American College of Legal Medicine, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association of Justice, the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association.

    Mr. Cline is a regular seminar speaker and published writer on topics pertaining to medical negligence and personal injury litigation. He is also involved in many community organizations at the local and national level, including the Indiana Legal Services Organization, Family Services of Central Indiana, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and Doctors Without Borders.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 18 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About Lance Cline

    Admitted: 1980, Indiana

    Professional Webpage:


    • Member, College of Fellows, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
    • Best Lawyers Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, 2013
    • Inner Circle of Advocates, 2008 - Present
    • Best Lawyers in America, 1997 - Present
    • Best Lawyers Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, 2014
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Best Lawyers Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, 2011
    • Indiana Super Lawyer, 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1984 - Present
    • Indiana State Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
    • American College of Legal Medicine
    • Former Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Indianapolis Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • Birth Trauma, Breast Implant, L-Tryptophan, Inadequate Security, Cardiac Devices, Parlodel, Spinal Cord Injury, SSRI, and Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Groups, Medical Information Exchange Group, American Association of Justice
    • Indiana, 1980

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Basketball Coach, Pike Township Youth League, 1987 - 1990
    • Repeat Guest Speaker, IUPUI Legal Nurse Consultant Program
    • Repeat Guest Speaker, Brebeuf Jesuit High School Law Class

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Breast Implant Litigation: An Overview" (ICLEF), 1993
    • "Breast Implant Litigation" (ITLA), 1992
    • "How to Win A Medical Review Panel Decision" (ITLA), 1989
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Indiana Trial Skills Workshop), 1988
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Indiana Trial Skills Workshop), 1989
    • Indiana Trial Lawyers Annual Institute, 1988
    • Product Liability Update (ICLEF), 1988
    • Indiana Dental Association Annual Seminar, 1987
    • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 1987
    • Litigating Automobile Accidents (ICLEF), 1987
    • Practice Skills Seminar (ICLEF), 1984 - 1987
    • Wrongful Death in Indiana (ITLA), 1985
    • "Overcoming Anti-Plaintiff Juror Bias In A Conservative Venue", ICLEF Seminar, 2010
    • "Overcoming A Negative Medical Reviews Panel Opinion", ICLEF Seminar 2010
    • "Medical Malpractice and the Statute of Limitations", ICLEF Insider, 1998
    • "The Medical Negligence Litigation System: Dispelling the Myth of a System in Crisis," Verdict Magazine, 1993
    • "Breast Implant Litigation: An Overview," ICLEF Seminar, 1993
    • "Mock Trial Casebook," Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Annual Institute, 1988
    • "The Open and Obvious Danger Rule in Product Liability Litigation Under Indiana Law," ICLEF Seminar, 1988
    • "Causes of Action Arising From Motor Vehicle Accidents," ICLEF Seminar, 1987
    • "Proving Dependency of Survivors in Wrongful Death Litigation in Indiana," Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, 1985
    • "Handling The Personal Injury Claim," ICLEF Practice Skills Seminar, 1984
    • "Proof of Subjective Injuries," ICLEF Seminar, 1982
    • Co-Author: "Negligent Hiring and Negligent Retention of An Employee," Am Jur Trials 61 Vol. 29, 1981
    • Chairperson, Medical Negligence Litigation (ICLEF), 1986
    • Chairperson, Medical Negligence Litigation (ICLEF), 1993
    • Co-Chairperson, Indiana Trial Lawyers Annual Institute, 1988
    • Masters In The Courtroom (ICLEF), 2010

    Representative Clients:

    • Ryan v. Brown, M.D., 827 N.E.2d 112, 2005
    • State of Indiana et al. v. Cornelius, 637 N.E.2d 195, 1994

    Educational Background:

    • Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity, J.D., Cum Laude, 1980
    • Indiana University, B.A., With Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1973

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • American College Of Trial Lawyers
    • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
    • Inner Circle Of Advocates
    • Trial Lawyers For Public Justice


    • “Great attorney in all respects.”
    • “I recently joined Cline Farrell because of Lance Cline. He is such a power house in the medical malpractice plaintiff's world. I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with him.”
    • “Lance is the premiere medical malpractice Plaintiff's lawyer in Central Indiana”
    • “Lance is the other of the two best on the Plaintiffs side in medical malpractice cases. He is outstanding and laborious in his preparation for every aspect of a case. Highest recommendation!l”
    • “Lance is simply one of the finest medical malpractice trial lawyers in the country.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Lance D. Cline

    11450 N Meridian St
    Suite 200
    Carmel, IN 46032

    Phone: 317-896-0900

    Fax: 317-732-8555

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