L. Evan Cline

Evan GLN_7311FEvan Cline is a litigation attorney with a particular expertise in medical malpractice defense. Evan has experience handling every stage of civil litigation, including drafting pleadings and motions; managing written discovery; taking and defending the depositions of parties, experts, and other witnesses; evaluating case strengths, weaknesses and value; preparing for trial and trying cases; and briefing appellate issues. Evan particularly enjoys working with physicians and healthcare professionals to provide information and reassurance about the medical/legal process while also helping them hone their presentation skills and fully prepare for substantive issues that might arise in deposition or at trial.

Trial Experience:

  • Defense verdicts for surgeons of various specialties in numerous cases involving complications related to surgical procedures and operations
  • Defense verdicts for physicians of different specialties in cases involving complications associated with intravascular procedures
  • Defense verdicts for hospitals and medical corporations involving claims of medical malpractice

 Appellate Experience:

  • Drafted numerous appellant and appellee briefs in support of general civil defendants and medical malpractice defendants as well as plaintiffs affected by inverse condemnation

 Discovery/Deposition Experience:

  • Taken hundreds of depositions, including discovery and evidentiary depositions of medical expert witnesses, parties and fact witnesses
  • Defended the depositions of defendant, expert, and treating physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and registered nurses

 Other Relevant Experience:

  • Successful representation of many physicians in investigations related to patient care conducted by the Georgia Composite Medical Board
  • Representation of various non-party entities and healthcare providers in providing third-party deposition testimony, written discovery responses, and document production
  • Additional experience handling other matters including premises liability, nuisance, condemnation, and inverse condemnation cases


  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Physician and Hospital Defense
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Civil Appellate Practice
  • Nuisance, Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation
  • Georgia Composite Medical Board Representation


  • Student Bar Association President – Emory University School of Law (2007 – 2008)
  • Student Bar Association Vice President – Emory University School of Law (2006 – 2007)
  • Winner of Emory Intraschool Moot Court Competition – Emory University School of Law (2006)
  • Dean’s Outstanding Service Award – Emory University School of Law (2008)


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia


  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Emory Law School Alumni


  • B.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina (2005)
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law (2008)


  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Atlanta Legal Aid
  • Athena’s Warehouse


  • Georgia’s New Evidence Code, 28th Annual Medical Malpractice Liability Seminar, 2012
  • Understanding and Avoiding Medical Malpractice Liability, In-service presentation at Grady Memorial Hospital; In-service presentation at Rockdale Medical Center
  • Mock Trial Presentation for Georgia Nursing Organization at The Medical Center of Central Georgia