Jack William Cline


Specialties: Criminal Defense, DUI, Business & Commercial Law, Accident Cases

Jack William Cline was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Grove City Area High School with high honors. Mr. Cline attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where he earned a B.S. double major in economics and history, graduating cum laude in 1981. While at Allegheny, Mr. Cline was selected for the Alden Scholar Dean’s List for four years. As a collegiate golfer, Mr. Cline was selected as a NCAA All-American golfer in 1981, and is a member of the Allegheny College Sports Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Allegheny College, Mr. Cline began law school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After three years of school, he graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1984. Mr. Cline was a winner of the Federation of Insurance Counsel National Writing Contest in 1984.

Mr. Cline passed his bar exam for Pennsylvania in 1984, and joined the firm. He is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Mercer County Bar Association, National Trial Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI Defense College. Mr. Cline is the author of Yardbird USAhttp://sbpra.com/JackWCline/

Few lawyers have had as much experience in trial law as Jack W. Cline, who has had over 150 jury trials to verdict spanning over 34 years and over six counties in Western Pennsylvania. In his last fifteen felony jury trials, Attorney Cline has won acquittals in thirteen of these cases.

Attorney Cline has won Plaintiff verdicts for money damages in Allegheny, Butler, Mercer and Crawford counties. Attorney Cline is an experienced and skilled negotiator as well. The opposing parties are aware of his experience in court which may be reason to encourage a favorable settlement.

Attorney Cline continues to help individuals charged with criminal offenses along with individuals facing governmental sanctions, such as license suspensions or revocations. He represents several businesses and corporations faced with legal issues and government bureau actions.

Expertise in liquor law has led Mr. Cline to obtain liquor licenses for various clubs and organizations, some of the more difficult cases having been taken all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Allegheny Steak and Pasta Grill, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, 805 A.2d 698 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2002-2003) and Richard E. Craft American Legion Post v. Pennslyvania Liquor Control Board, 718 A.2d 276 (Pa. 1998).

Jack resides in Grove City, PA with his wife Kathleen and their children.

Attorney Cline received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2017, a national award bestowed on less than 1/2 of 1% of all lawyers.

Top Trial Lawyer Honor

Jack W. Cline, with the law firm of Stranahan, Stranahan & Cline in Mercer has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania for the fourth consecutive year. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the premier attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers. The selection process for this elite honor is based upon a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

In 2017 attorney Cline received the Lifetime Achievement Award, given to less than 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States, based upon his career accomplishments, ethical standards, and community enriching efforts.

Attorney Cline practices throughout Western Pennsylvania along with partner James A. Stranahan IV and Gregory D. Metrick, out of their Mercer office.