Lance D. Cline, Esq.

Lance D. Cline, Esq.

Lance D. Cline is a part­ner with Cline Far­rell Christie Lee & Bell. Lance has devoted his entire legal career to rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple who have been injured, and fam­i­lies who have had a mem­ber killed, as a result of neg­li­gent conduct.

Prac­tice Area Focus

Lance focuses on rep­re­sent­ing vic­tims of med­ical neg­li­gence, med­ical and con­sumer prod­uct defects, motor vehi­cle col­li­sions, toxic torts, busi­ness wrong­do­ings, and crime.


Meet Lance

  • Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity, B.A. with high­est dis­tinc­tion, 1973
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity, J.D. 1980 Cum Laude
Bar Admis­sions
  • Indi­ana bar, 1980
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer – Trial Lawyer of the Year 2018
  • Inner Cir­cle of Advo­cates Mem­ber, 2008-present
  • The Best Lawyers in Amer­ica,® Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Law–Plaintiffs, 1997-present
  • The Best Lawyers in Amer­ica,® Personal Injury Litigation–Plaintiffs, 1997-present
  • Best Lawyers® Indi­anapo­lis Med­ical Mal­prac­tice “Lawyer of the Year,” 2011-12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2019
  • Indi­ana Super Lawyers Honoree, 2004-present
    (Hon­ored every year since the award’s incep­tion)
    (Selected to Top 10 Indiana Super Lawyers List, 2018 & 2019)
    (Selected to Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers List, 2004-present)
  • Amer­i­can Col­lege of Trial Lawyers Fel­low
    (Lim­ited to no more than 1% of attor­neys nationally)
Court Admis­sions
  • All Indi­ana state courts
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the North­ern Dis­trict of Indiana
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of Indiana
  • U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Cen­tral Dis­trict of Illinois
Profesional Associations
  • Trial Lawyers for Pub­lic Justice
  • Amer­i­can Col­lege of Legal Medicine
  • Indi­ana Trial Lawyers Asso­ci­a­tion
    Mem­ber, Board of Direc­tors, 1984-present
    Mem­ber, Col­lege of Fellows
  • Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of 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
  • Indi­anapo­lis Bar Asso­ci­a­tion
    For­mer Mem­ber, Judi­cial Eval­u­a­tion Committee
  • Indi­ana State Bar Association
Reported Cases
  • State of Indi­ana et al. v. Cor­nelius, 637 N.E.2d 195 (1994).
  • Ryan v. Brown, M.D., 827 N.E.2d 112 (2005).
Sem­i­nars and Lectures
  • Han­dling A Case Through A Med­ical Review Panel Process, 2017 (Ken­tucky Asso­ci­a­tion for Justice)
  • Med­ical Neg­li­gence Lit­i­ga­tion (ICLEF), 1986, 1993, Chairperson
  • Indi­ana Trial Lawyers Annual Insti­tute, 1988, Co-Chairperson
  • Mas­ters In The Court­room (ICLEF), 2010
  • 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, 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
Civic Activ­i­ties
  • Bre­beuf Jesuit High School law class
    Repeat guest speaker
  • IUPUI Legal Nurse Con­sul­tant Pro­gram
    Repeat guest speaker
  • Pike Town­ship Youth League, bas­ket­ball coach, 1987-1990
  • Reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to a wide array of civic-minded orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing the Indi­ana Legal Ser­vices Orga­ni­za­tion, the Indi­anapo­lis Bar Foun­da­tion, the Julian Cen­ter, Fam­ily Ser­vices of Cen­tral Indi­ana, Smile Train, Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion, Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders, Pub­lic Cit­i­zen, Sierra Club, and Greenpeace

Lance has been invited into mem­ber­ship of the Inner Cir­cle of Advo­cates, a national orga­ni­za­tion lim­ited to 100 of the lead­ing plain­tiff attor­neys in the United States—one of the high­est hon­ors attain­able by attor­neys in the United States who rep­re­sent plain­tiffs in tort lit­i­ga­tion. He is one of only two attor­neys from Indi­ana ever invited into the Inner Circle.

In 2018, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) recognized Lance Cline as Trial Lawyer of the Year, a prestigious honor awarded to a lawyer who has earned the admiration and respect of trial lawyers for his/her noteworthy activities, including being a “true defender of the people” who works to protect the rights of injured victims and consumers, and assists ITLA in their efforts to protect the rights of consumers and injured victims at the state legislature and the U.S. Congress.