Cline Law Office

Cline Law Office

Cline Law Office is Southeastern Kentucky’s law firm for individuals and businesses.

Firm Overview

We are most recognized for our success and experience in (i) civil rights actions, particularly sexual harassment and discrimination; (ii) business transactions and litigation; and (iii) personal injury and wrongful death cases, especially those stemming from vehicle accidents. Our attorneys also are experienced in litigating complex insurance coverage claims.

The attorneys at Cline Law Office are committed to our clients' needs. You will find no better personalized service in the region. Call Cline Law Office and see what our clients are talking about.

Pete Cline founded this firm in 1984 with the purpose of providing exemplary legal services to the people of Middlesboro and the surrounding counties. Since then, Cline and his associates have abided by a philosophy of personal attention to clients that is unmatched in the region.

Our firm concentrates on four core practice areas to provide the knowledge, experience and attention to detail our clients deserve. We are especially renowned for our experience and substantial trial experience in:

Civil Rights - We champion the rights of victims of workplace discrimination, particularly gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Pete Cline's reputation for professionalism and success in this area is why other attorneys around the region seek his counsel in complex civil rights matters. Pete Cline originated and served as lead co-counsel in a class action against a large grocery store chain in the South alleging a glass ceiling for women that resulted in a $14 million settlement and established a statistical reporting system to ensure the advancement of women to management positions.

Business Transactions and Litigation

Main Office

Main Office
205 N. 20th Street, P.O. BOX 2220
Middlesboro, KY 40965



Personal Injury

Personal injury is the wrongful injury of one person through the fault of another.

Cline Law Office focuses on representing clients who have been injured in automobile, motorcycle, ATV, boat, bike, train and trucking accidents. We also skillfully handle claims involving construction accidents; recreation accidents; fires; explosions, drowning and electrocution; and other negligent or intentional misconduct.

J.P. Cline

Cline Law Office

Born: Pikeville, Kentucky, February 10, 1949

College: Eastern Kentucky University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971

Law School: University of Kentucky, J.D., 1974

Membership: Bell County (Secretary/Treasurer, 1976-1979), Kentucky Bar Association; Kentucky Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Practice Areas: Business Law; Civil Rights; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Medical Malpractice

Admissions: 1974, Kentucky; 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1985, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee; 1996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

J.P. "Pete" Cline is a seasoned trial attorney whose corporate law experience has given him substantial insight into banking law and corporate transactions.

Pete. Cline graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Kentucky University and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1974. He is admitted to practice in all Kentucky state courts, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia and the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Pete Cline is a member of the Bell County Bar Association, where he served as secretary / treasurer from 1976-1979; the Kentucky Bar Association; and the Kentucky Academy of Trial Lawyers.

He has been a director at First State Financial since 1988. Prior to private practice he was counsel to Harbert Corporation Coal Operations for eight years.

Pete Cline is BV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


University of Kentucky
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Romell D. Johnson

Cline Law Office

Romell D. Johnson is a 21 year employee of Cline Law Office. Ms. Johnson began her legal career with Pete Cline during his tenure in corporate law. When Cline Law Office was established, Ms. Johnson was engaged as the firm's paralegal. During her employment, Ms. Johnson has developed significant paralegal skills in litigation, document management and interpretation of medical reports for injured clients. She also serves as an important contact person for clients and insures prompt response to client inquiries and concerns. Ms. Johnson is an important member of the Cline Law Office team.

Runada Brown

Cline Law Office

Runada Brown is the newest member of the Cline Law Office clerical staff. Ms. Brown is responsible for word processing and other clerical duties, and she serves as personal secretary to attorney Stephanie B. Chadwell. Ms. Brown is also responsible for coordinating the technology used by the Cline Law Office.