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David Clifford Holland

Federal crime Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 19 years
    New York - NY 27 years
    New Jersey - NJ 29 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1994
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    Constitutional challenges to state and federal prosecutions based upon the irrational scheduling of cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act; concentration in Criminal and Civil R.I.C.O cases involving drug distribution conspiracies

  2. Cannabis Law
    Cannabis Industry Consultant

    29 years

  3. Constitutional
    First Amendment and constitutional challenges to the Schedule I status of cannabis under the federal law and challenges under state law based on employment discrimination of medical marijuana patients

    22 years

  4. Discrimination
    Prosecute claims of employment discrimination based upon race, gender, sexual preference, and disability including protected status as a registered medical marijuana patient under state law.

Complex Civil and Criminal Litigation and Cannabis Industry Advisor

Over more than two decades, David has acquired an extensive background in complex civil and criminal litigation and matters related to the cannabis industry.  He has viewed the justice system from nearly every vantage point. His practice has a concentration in civil and criminal R.I.C.O. cases, appellate and post-conviction matters including Presidential pardons, First Amendment issues, snf employment discrimination claims. David served as Of Counsel to the late Michael Kennedy, Esq., a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney and civil rights advocate for more than 40 years.  David spent more than a decade as Counsel to High Times Magazine and is both the Executive and Legal Director of Empire State NORML and a Co-Founder and President of the New York City Cannabis Industry Association () and Vice President of the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (). David was recently named a Legal Advisor to the Last Prisoner Project seeking clemency for victims and prisoners of the war on drugs. 

David is a member of the state and federal bars of New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court as well as the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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The Law Offices of David Clifford Holland, P.C.
201 East 28th Street
New York, NY, 10016

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Posted by Silva | April 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding lawyer and person
I've worked with David for several years and all I can say is that he is outstanding both on a professional and personal level. His leadership is inspiring and his knowledge sets a new standard. We worked on a very complicated estate case and he guided me through every single step making smooth and easy what otherwise would have been very challenging. He's also an unbelievable mediator thanks to his diplomatic skills.
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Posted by Joan | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dave Holland is a fabulous lawyer !!!
I cannot say enough about Dave, he is a lawyer one can trust in all aspects, We have used Dave for over 12 years and have never been disappointed. He is one of the most trustworthy and ethical lawyers. We have used Dave in many different areas of the law and his knowledge is mind boggling ! We trust Dave with all our legal needs.
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Posted by Martha | April 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Terrific lawyer
We hired David for our apartment closing. He was so diligent and helped us through many difficult situations and found the best solutions to them. David was over and above in commitment and expertise. My husband and I were extremely impressed by his work. David is kind and thorough and very easy to work with. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by Amy | April 8, 2017
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Brilliant Lawyer and Man
David Holland has represented me in several cases and all were handled with extreme professionalism and ease. He was tireless in his efforts to make sure my outcomes were positive. Not only is he experienced and handles situations with the upmost expertise, he is a kind and brilliant person. If you are looking for a lawyer to handle your professional and/or personal needs, David Holland is the one.
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant lawyer and an amazing person
I have hired David Holland for both corporate and personal reasons. He is absolutely brilliant and meticulously considers all aspects of the situation. David is exceedingly well versed in the law and thoughtfully considers all possible options. What is exceptional is that he takes his work and his clients to heart and will work with you until the job is done. I would give him a ten star rating, but this site only has the ability to go to five!
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Posted by Chris | April 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Integrity above all
David Holland is a man of great integrity who possesses an exhaustive knowledge of the law. I’ve known him for 20 years and have watched him fight for clients big and small. As an attorney he wins big because he thinks big. If myself or a member of my family were in need of legal assistance, David Holland would be the first person I would call. I’ll be honest, I don’t trust lawyers (for the most part), but I would trust David Holland with my life.
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Posted by William E. Herrmann | April 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
As Town Supervisor for the Town of Mamakating I would highly recommend David. He is clear in his communications, patient with the slow grind of government, flexible and most importantly, highly talented, intelligent, thoughtful and stays in touch communicating every aspect of the case at hand. Also, he is a really nice man!
Posted by Scott | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligence, Integrity, Tenacious but Honorable
I met Mr. Holland at a good and bad time. I had won my election but wanted to challenge the voters who stayed in bungalows for the summer who seemed to want to try to influence the election. He was very patient with me, explaining every step of the way, many times more than once. He was very thorough and honest with me about what to expect and what could happen next. He may not want me to put this but as funds were very limited, he worked with me to fund the case and I believe did many things for me with little or no payment. I'm not a fan of lawyers as I believe you should fight for your beliefs, not just for who is paying you. I was very impressed with Mr. Holland who was and remains a true gentleman, Generous, caring and willing to fight for you. I hope I never need another attorney, but I would instantly think of him. Not enough stars here for what I would rate him. Please consider him for your attorney.
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Posted by Johnny | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Man for the Job-A Small Business Owner's Right Hand
David Holland has been there for my small business every step of the way. From lease renewals, contractual advice and review, permits and general support and navigation, he really brings his knowledge and heart to everything he does.
Posted by Lawrence | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Appreciative client
David is a thorough and totally professional attorney who has successfully guided me through some complex issues. He is forceful when necessary, and yet also knows when a more subtle touch is required. He gets results, which is exactly what one wants from a lawyer.
Posted by Glen | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Talented and Reassuring
Dave Holland is exactly the attorney you want when you need straight advice on complicated matters, explained to you in language you can understand. Easy to work with. If you're looking for a yeller and screamer you probably have the wrong guy, but personally I'd be glad to have Dave Holland in my corner on any project.
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • The Law Offices of Michael Kennedy, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Walter Jennings, P.C.
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Santangelo, Santangelo & Cohen, P.C.
  • 1995 - 1999
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  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Boston University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Washington v. Barr - 20-148 - Petition for Certiorari
  • Certiorari denied
  • Empire State NORML et. al. v. New York State Dept of Corrections et al 900008-2020
  • Pending
  • People v. Deneen Smith 2016 NY 001369
  • Criminal convictions overturned on appeal
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  • Last Prisoner Project
  • Legal Advisor
  • 2020 - Present
  • New York City Cannabis Industry Association (
  • Co-Founder and President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (
  • Co-Founder and Vice President
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member - Drugs and the Law Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Executive and Legal Director of NY State Chapter
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • New York City Bar Association, Judiciary Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Civic appreciation award
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Sullivan County Bar Association
  • Cannabis, Federalism, Supremacy & Nullification
  • 2017
  • Sullivan County Bar Association
  • Cannabis Law
  • 2017
  • Extreme Commuting In New York
  • Voter Fraud and Impact on Rural New York
  • 2017
  • Sullivan County Bar Association
  • The State of Marijuana Law in New York State
  • 2015
  • High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup
  • The Future of Marijuana Legalization
  • 2014
  • Cannabis Career Institute
  • Federal Controlled Substances Act
  • 2014
  • Symposium, Cardozo Law School
  • “The War on Drugs – Working Towards a Ceasefire”
  • 2013
  • High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup
  • Supremacy and Nullification of the Controlled Substances Act Designation of Marijuana as a Schedule I substance
  • 2013
  • The Marijuana Conference
  • Federalism and Federal Controlled Substances Act
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
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Constitutional Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse David Holland. I have worked closely with him on multiple complex criminal and civil matters over the span of several years. I have witnessed his legal abilities first-hand during this time. Simply put, he is one of the best legal minds I have ever come across. If I ever need an answer to a difficult legal question, or am looking to bring in co-counsel, David is the first person I call."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an energetic, intelligent, and principled attorney. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with David for over a dozen years. David is a solid strategist with excellent skills to execute on litigation plans. I highly recommend David as a litigator or as part of a legal team."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David Clifford Holland works hard for his clients, and gets great results. He really cares for his clients, and it shows in the passionate way that he advocates for them. If he is your lawyer, you are certainly in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Dave on numerous matters over the past 20 years. Dave is an excellent lawyer, an ethical lawyer and a passionate advocate for his clients. He is also a friend and a great guy. I recommend him in all three areas of practice."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse David Holland. He cares about his clients and his cases. He always works diligently to get the best result possible. He will never let you down."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Friend
"David is not only a great guy, but also a first-rate lawyer who is willing to take on tough cases and see them through. I would highly recommend him to anyone on criminal, civil rights or constitutional matters."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Holland is an outstanding lawyer, and a pleasure to work with. He is well versed in criminal defense, and is also my go-to reference for any question involving civil litigation. David is also a leading expert on the dynamic field of cannabis law, and can advise businesses on a host of regulatory matters that are critical to taking advantage of opportunities in that expanding field. I am honored to endorse him, and look forward to working with him for years to come."
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New York Federal crime Lawyer David Clifford Holland
David Clifford Holland
Federal crime Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 29 years
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