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Since 1857

Our professional excellence runs deep.

For over 160 years, we have represented leading citizens, businesses, and institutions in communities, large and small, throughout the Midwest. We take pride in providing clients the highest level of expertise, advocacy, and guidance in helping them achieve their goals, and in building the places we call home.

Company Culture

Community focused.

We live, work and thrive best when we do it together. Cline Williams has made our home in the Great Plains, and we believe in building strong communities through service. We support our communities through board service, volunteering, and contributing financial and other resources. Your community is our community and we are proud to support many charitable organizations throughout the Great Plains.

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a final rule, Non-Compete Clause Rule, which implements a nationwide ban on non-compete agreements for the vast majority of the American workforce. The final rule is currently set to take effect 120 days after its publication in the Federal Register. However, legal challenges to the FTC’s final rule have already begun, making the rule’s actual effective date uncertain.

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced an increase to the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) salary-level threshold for the “white-collar” exemptions to overtime requirements. The DOL’s final rule expands overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers by changing the FLSA’s exemptions to overtime eligibility.

On March 1, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama issued a 53-page opinion declaring the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) unconstitutional and permanently enjoined the government from enforcing the CTA against the plaintiffs in the case. At first glance, the decision could be read as banning the federal government from enforcing the significant and burdensome reporting requirements included in the CTA for millions of businesses. However, the Court’s ruling only applies to approximately .1%-.2% of all businesses in the United States.