Brenda S. McClearn

Practice Areas
  • Medical and Dental Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Defense of Religious Organizations, First Amendment Litigation
  • Workers Compensation

Memberships & Experience


  • North Carolina State Bar, 1994
  • American, North Carolina, and Greensboro Bar Associations
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Reported Cases

  • Hill v. American Medical Association, Writ of Certiorari Denied, 2002 U.S. LEXIS 5537 (U.S. 2002)
  • Hill v. American Medical Association, 48 Fed. Appx. 427, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 21723 (Fourth Cir. 2001)
  • Hill v. American Medical Association, 6 Fed. Appx. 205, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 5300 (Fourth Cir 2001)
  • Sturgill v. Ashe Mem’l Hospital, 362 N.C. 180; 658 S.E. 2d 662 (2008)
  • Sturgill v. Ashe Mem’l Hospital, 652 S.E. 2d 302 (2007)


  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University, 1994
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Colorado, 1990

Since her admission to the North Carolina Bar and all North Carolina state and federal courts in 1994, Brenda McClearn has focused on the defense of professionals and corporations in both civil and administrative settings. Ms. McClearn is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Ms. McClearn’s defense of medical professionals has included successful trials in both state and federal courts and the defense of licensed professionals before their respective licensing boards during investigations and hearings. Her clients have included physicians, nurses, dentists, mental health professionals, veterinarians, hospitals, nursing and assisted care facilities, and health care associations such as the American Medical Association.

Ms. McClearn’s representation of architects and engineers in projects as small as unit buildings and as large as the design of city waste collection systems and county jails has led her to other diverse forms of construction litigation in which she has represented both contractors and material suppliers.

Advising accountants and tax professionals is also an area of strong interest for Ms McClearn. She has represented numerous CPAs throughout North Carolina as both a litigator and an advisor.

Ms. McClearn has also been retained to represent large corporate interests on a national level for organizations such as BASF, The Chemical Company and Senergy, Inc. Her defense of business interests is broad enough to incorporate claims in employment, sexual harassment, products liability, workers' compensation, RICO, and other business torts.

Outside of the office, Ms. McClearn enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, and dining with friends.

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