Lance D. Cline, Esq.

Lance D. Cline, Esq.

Lance D. Cline is a part­ner with Cline Far­rell Christie &Lee. 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
  • Inner Cir­cle of Advo­cates Mem­ber since 2008
  • Best Lawyers in Amer­ica, Med­ical Mal­prac­tice Law and Per­sonal Injury Lit­i­ga­tion, 1997 – present
  • Best Lawyers® Indi­anapo­lis Med­ical Mal­prac­tice “Lawyer of the Year” 2011-12, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Indi­ana Super Lawyer, 2004 – 2016
    (Hon­ored every year since the award’s incep­tion)
    (Hon­ored as a Top 50 lawyer in Indi­ana mul­ti­ple years)
  • 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.