PJ Cline focuses his practice on tax, private equity and fund formation matters. He routinely advises clients on the federal and state tax aspects of equity investments and mergers and acquisitions as well as a wide range of other tax and corporate law matters including business formation and capitalization transactions. PJ also regularly advises non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, PJ practiced in the asset management group of an international law firm, advising private funds in connection with formation, transactional, regulatory and compliance matters, as well as advising nonprofits on formation, governance and dissolution. PJ also represented funds and corporate end-users in various derivative transactions.

During law school, PJ was the publication editor of the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal and was a national finalist on the Holderness Moot Court Intellectual Property Team. Additionally, PJ worked in an intellectual property clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

PJ and his wife, Kelly, enjoy walking their dogs, Dublin and Patsy Cline. As a native New Yorker, he is a fan of the Giants and Yankees.

Areas of Focus



  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, High Honors, 2019
    • Publication Editor, North Carolina Banking Institute Journal
    • National Finalist, Holderness Moot Court Intellectual Property Team
  • Washington and Lee University, B.S., cum laude, Accounting and Business Administration, 2016

Bar & Court Admissions


Publications & Alerts

  • What Limited Partners Should Know About Soroban
    Published by Tax Notes
  • Expression Yourself: An Analysis of the Interaction Between the Durbin Amendment and New York Surcharge Ban of the New York General Business Law
    Published by N.C. Banking Institute Journal, 333
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