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Wayne A. Kline

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Knoxville, Tennessee

Wayne A. Kline received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Tennessee. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Administration from the University of Tennessee and was employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for several years before entering law school. Following a clerkship with the firm and after receiving his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1988, Mr. Kline joined Hodges, Doughty & Carson that same year. He holds memberships in the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and American Inns of Court.  He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Knoxville Bar Association. He received the Knoxville Bar Association's President's Award in December of 2005 for his outstanding performance and dedication to the KBA. He currently chairs the Knoxville Bar Association's Membership Services Committee. In 2006, he was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Disciplinary Hearing Committee for District II where he continues on appointment. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Free Medical Clinic of America, is Secretary of the Board of Directors of The Knoxville Center of the Deaf and has served on the Board of Directors of the Blount Hearing & Speech Foundation. Mr. Kline has extensive experience and emphasis in the defense of long-term nursing and rehabilitation litigation, medical, hospital and dental malpractice litigation, as well as trial practice in employment, discrimination, and human resources law. Mr. Kline also has extensive experience in zoning and land management disputes and more than twenty three years experience in general liability, trial practice, litigation, including mass tort litigation. Mr. Kline provides non-litigation and litigation, legal support services for employment related and human resources issues for businesses, medical practices, corporations and law firms.  Mr. Kline also represents children with special needs in Special Education Law.

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Areas of Practice

  • Health Care Practice
  • -- Medical Malpractice Defense
  • -- Healthcare Entities and Physician Practice Representation
  • -- Healthcare Litigation
  • Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Defense
  • Employment and Human Resources Law
  • -- Harassment & Discrimination
  • Special Needs & Special Education Law
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
  • Counselor at Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1988
  • University of Tennessee
    • Master of Science
    • Major: Administration
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.S.
    • Honors: With Honors

Honors and Awards

  • Appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Disciplinary Hearing Committee for District II
  • President’s Award, Knoxville Bar Association, 2005
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee Pro Bono Partner Award, 2005
  • Knoxville Center of the Deaf Community Service Award, 2005
  • The Free Medical Clinic of America Leadership Award, 2006
  • Cityview 2011-12 Top Knoxville Attorney - Nursing Home Liability-Defense & Wrongful Death-Defense
  • Cityview 2012-13 Top Knoxville Attorney - Nursing Home Liability - Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Cityview 2013-14 Top Knoxville Attorney - Health Care Law; Labor & Employment Law-Employer; Medical Malpractice-Defense; Nursing Home Liability-Defensse; Wrongful Death-Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014 - Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Knoxville Bar Association, (member, Board of Governors)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Chairman, Board of Directors of Free Medical Clinic
  • Secretary, Board of Directors of Knoxville Center of the Deaf
  • American Inns of Court
  • Board Member, Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble

Past Employment Positions

  • Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Associate Professor

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