Skip to main content

Andrew Nicholas Clifford

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

4.6   28 reviews

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I handle criminal defense cases across the board - including, but not limited to drug violations, domestic violence, theft, violent crimes, fraud, sex and computer crimes. I've represent clients in state and federal courts across North Carolina and Florida, and in the federal courts of Texas.

    13 years

  2. Immigration
    25%
    I've assisted in immigration matters - from family-based petitions, to fighting deportations, to work-based visas and adjustments of status. My goal is to reunite you or keep you with your family and friends here in the United States.

    11 years

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

    12 years

  4. Workers compensation
    10%

    15 years

  5. Personal injury
    5%

    17 years

I'm Nick Clifford, and I'm an attorney from Raleigh, North Carolina.  I'm a Raleigh native, and I've spent my entire life building relationships and trust throughout my community. I'm licensed in Florida and North Carolina and I've practiced in both state and federal court in the areas of criminal, administrative, and immigration law.  We represent students and other members of the community whenever and wherever they need us.  We have also recently began accepting workers' compensation and catastrophic injury cases.  

I believe in a system of justice, and I know that each and every case is unique - and I'll treat them that way.  I believe the most important aspect of the attorney-client relationship is trust - and I'll do everything I can to build that trust, and to achieve the best possible result for you and your family.

 Before practicing law, I attended North Carolina State University, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Then I focused on a Juris Doctor at Florida State University's College of Law. I became licensed to practice and served as Assistant Regional Counsel, gaining experience representing clients faced with both misdemeanors and felonies - from traffic offenses to first degree murder.  

After practicing in the state and federal courts of Florida and Texas, I moved back to Raleigh and founded Clifford Law Group with my wife, Veronica Bayo Clifford. We've dedicated out practice to proving the highest quality of professional legal cousel to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. I'm an active member of several legal groups, including NORML, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Bar Association, which helps me to stay updated on current legal issues.

When faced with a legal issue, the other side will have a team of dedicated attorneys - you should too.   Call me anytime - 24/7.  I'll be your advocate.   

Photos and videos

Licensed for 12 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/03/2022
State FL
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Andrew

Clifford Law Group
410 N Boylan Ave
Suite 131
Raleigh, NC, 27603

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Mark | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nick cares
Look no further, you found the right lawyer. I agree with all the amazing reviews about this great man. I’m almost to the point of tears because he did far more than what you expect out of a lawyer. You can sleep at peace knowing that you have him on your case. I will be telling everyone who needs a lawyer to call him and will never forget what he did for me.
Read less
Posted by Justin | June 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Nick was always there whenever I called and handled my case with care. He was able to answer any question I have and when working with him you really get the sense he cares about the outcome of your case and doesn’t just look at you as another client.
Posted by Jessie | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Raleigh
Anyone in need of an attorney can just stop looking here. Mr.Clifford successfully resolved not only one, but two pending cases I had against me. He genuinely cares about each case and client and will do everything in his power to get you the best possible outcome. He offers reasonable prices and is always accessible. When everything was said and done I came out having both charges dismissed.
Read less
Posted by Eric | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not just all talk
I've had more experience with Lawyers than I would like to admit. Most Lawyers practice more like used car salesmen these days. It's all about collecting payment and making deals with the DA to minimize time spent on your case. Mr. Clifford stands out from this crowd. I met him in a down spot in my life when I felt hopeless. Mr. Clifford stood by me through rough times and helped me get through to the other side. He took a seemingly unmanageable situation and made it manageable. I hope to never need his services again, but if I find myself in a tough situation again, I would definitely call Mr. Clifford.
Read less
Posted by Tom | November 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nick knows how to work the system
They call it the "legal system" for a reason, it is a system and Nick knows how to work the system to get you the best outcome, but you must follow his recommendations. If he says "take classes and stay out of trouble" - do it. My college-age son found himself on the wrong side of the law. Nick was able to get the charges dismissed, but my son did follow his advice. Nick was always available and his fee was very reasonable. I think he enjoys helping the college crowd get out of trouble when they screw up. Give him a call, if you need help navigating the "legal system".
Read less
Posted by Hannah | October 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional.Honest.Affordable!!!!!!!!!
Nicholas Clifford represented me and I cannot say enough good things about this attorney. My initial consultation with him was very comfortable, thorough, and he assured me he would give me the best representation. My prior history with other attorneys left me with a bad taste in my mouth....but I felt different about Nick. He was very affordable, professional, honest and did EXACTLY what he said he would. He communicates exceptionally well and never once was I questioning what was happening with my case. On days we had court he was on time, explained everything to me in a way I would understand and guided me through the process. Again, I couldn't imagine things going any smoother. If you want the best HIRE THIS GUY!
Read less
Posted by Chris | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your advocate
You need Nick & Veronica on your team. Nick was a true rock star in helping our family through Raleigh legal matters. I believe he gave my son his life back and a bright future awaits. Veronica was always available for contact and we never felt out of the loop, even with Nick's busy schedule. Nick spent many hours counseling us even before the contracts were signed. You will not get better nor more reasonable legal counsel in the Tri-city area. I will never forget his talent & competency
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and person
Nicholas is an outstanding lawyer. He took me through the entire process and explained how it worked. He took care of everything and was very helpful. He got both of my charges dismissed and hes just a great guy overall. He talks and jokes with you and is very friendly. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Andrew | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great lawyer and a great human being!
I cannot begin to say what an amazing job Mr. Clifford did for my family. His rate was more than fair, he worked with us on the payment arrangements, but most important, he went way beyond the call of duty in handling this case. He was available literally any time. He would spend as much time as necessary explaining the situation. I spoke to him at 10 at night, on a weekend, it seemed he was always available. There was no doubt in my mind that he personally cared about the wellbeing of my son, who he represented. I am truly grateful!
Read less
Posted by Tommy | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charged with Misdemeanor Assault on a Female
Two months after I moved out of N. Carolina, I was contacted by an ex-girlfriend who had decided to claim to the police that I assaulted her eight months prior. I went into a frenzy of searching through criminal defense lawyers, and was struck by the incompetence that I found. Additionally, the district attorney had picked up the case, causing me to feel even more vulnerable and defenseless against these false accusations. Finally I came across Nick Clifford, and decided to hire him after viewing his website, reading his reviews, and discussing my case with him over the phone. Nick’s relatable disposition distinguished him from other attorneys that I contacted. He devoted a significant amount of his spare time to speaking with me on the phone, familiarizing himself with my case and my accuser, and treating me like a human being rather than simply another client. He demonstrated that he understood the tremendous stress of my situation given that my military career was at risk, and he always reassured me while remaining realistic and not simply offering false hope for the sake of consolation. When I returned to N. Carolina to turn myself in, Nick was able to secure my release without bond in only a few hours, rather than the usual mandatory 48 hours. We ended up receiving a very favorable deferral deal, and the case is set to be dismissed and expunged, thanks to Nick’s acquaintance with the rules of evidence and his pre-trial guidance to me. He has earned my full endorsement.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding
Dispute having a crazy deadline, he was the only attorney who was willing to help, called back, and was very sympathetic. He did exactly what I wanted, even though that was a bit more work. I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Phillip | August 7, 2015
Answer to my prayers
When I first found out about my charges, I was a nervous wreck. When I consulted with Nick, he was very informative and put my mind at ease. He was professional but did not talk above me. He spoke to me like he knew me and that personalization meant everything to me. I had consulted with many lawyers for the duration of about a week. However, after speaking with Nick, I knew the search was over. I could not have asked for a better lawyer to represent me in my particular case. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.
Read less
Posted by Joshua | March 11, 2015
Couldn't be happier with my results!
Choosing an attorney to represent you can be a challenging time. You want someone who is going to have your best interest as their priority and someone you can trust. I can personally say that I was not only pleased with my results, but I feel Nicholas Clifford when far beyond his duty to make sure I was taken care of. He is knowledgeable in many fields law and was a pleasure to work with. Nicholas knows the "ins and outs" of the court system. He was truly an asset when an asset was needed! Again, I cannot stress how greatly appreciative I am to have had him represent me.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2015
Fantastic Lawyer
Mr Clifford is a great guy and even a better lawyer. i had some trouble with student conduct at the university and i was looking at expulsion. not to mention i am not a US citizen hence i was facing immigration issues. i found Mr Clifford online and even though i was unsure when i was going there I realized i came to the right person. he asks professional questions , reports on time and most importantly gives it to you how it is. he explains the process. very trustworthy and responsible. on time. the review is a little long but Mr Clifford is the reason why i am still in the USA. Going with Clifford Law Group was the best decision i made.
Read less
Posted by Bonnie | January 29, 2015
Omg wonderful individual!!!
All I can say is that Nick Clifford is a person first and not your average attorney, there needs to be more like him! Long story short he cares!!!! He's not just money hungry like most attorneys. I have never had an attorney call me back with sincere concern like he has...I only wish I found him sooner, however, that's why I have to post this for others needing help and getting sincere response and direct answers!!!...bonnie p.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2015
Incredible
Nick did an outstanding job at getting my possession case dismissed. He ran me through the process and broke down all of the major (and minor) details into layman's terms so that I could properly understand the situation. I could not emphasize enough how awesome he is at his job. He's not only a great lawyer, but also an empathetic human being who will legitimately help you.
Read less
Posted by Robby | January 20, 2015
One of the best in the area!
Hello, I wanted to quickly share my experience with Nicholas Clifford for those who are looking for an attorney in the area. In this case, Mr. Clifford was able to miraculously help me get out of an extremely depressing situation in which I could have suffered harsh consequences due to a marijuana related charge. I do not want to go into details as my situation and case was unique, but with Mr. Clifford on my side I was able to basically get my charges dropped completely. Prior to this, Clifford had worked magic in a couple of my traffic cases as well so you can definitely expect professional work and honesty anytime you hire Mr. Clifford as your attorney. My advice to anyone in legal troubles would be to simply talk to Mr. Clifford, be honest with him, and just be willing to put to work with him because he will work much harder than most attorneys in the area. SImply put, every case is unique but Mr. Clifford will always put in the extra effort that every citizen deserves. I hope this review was helpful, thanks!
Read less
Posted by Craig | July 4, 2014
When you need a lawyer this is a good one
I hired Nick to represent my teenage son in a marijuana charge. After agreeing to take the case Nick went directly to work. Had his (my son's) car released from impound (I think) within 24 hours of taking the case. Nick said he thought we had a good chance of complete dismissal of the charges (no guarantees but this was his goal) It took some negotiations but Nick was able to have all the charges dropped, complete dismissal of all charges, no fines, no court costs, all over and done with. It doesn't get any better than that! I highly recommend Nicholas Clifford and his firm for honest hard working representation.
Read less
Posted by Arrnica | May 9, 2014
Our Family's Preferred Lawyer
Nicholas was invaluable in helping us through a difficult time. He was so responsive, we truly experienced how he had our best interests at heart. Nicholas realizes that many of a lawyer’s future clients are generated from the present ones. He seeks to cover every legal need of his existing clients so well, that the quality of his services ensure that the clients truly appreciate and are more than happy to recommend his services to their friends and family in the future.
Read less
Posted by Bobby | May 6, 2014
Nicholas Clifford is the best!
For those in need of legal advice or representation, I highly recommend Mr. Nicholas Clifford of Clifford Law Group. With two back to back speeding tickets and a reckless driving, I thought I'd lose my license for sure and suffer some serious consequences. However, Mr. Clifford took the time and dedication needed for such a case in order to get me the best possible deal in court. Like any attorney, Mr. Clifford runs on a busy schedule but still makes sure that each client (like myself) is given the best representation possible. Unlike other lawyers I've dealt with in the past (who didn't even take the time to talk to me on a personal basis), Mr. Clifford offered to schedule meetings with me in order to get know me as a person as well as the details of my personal case. In fact, along with his email, he allowed me to contact him on his personal cell phone due to the convenience. Finally, one thing that I'd like to get across is the fact that Mr. Clifford will not only help you in your legal matters but also give you advice as to stay out of trouble and such because he actually cares about his indiviudal clients. Pricewise, his services are not expensive at all but fair based on the excellence of service provided. If you need legal representation and do not know who to choose, I recommend you give Clifford Law Group a call and hire Nicholas Clifford due to his wide area of expertise and hardworking personality. For any that want to know about my personal case, both my speeding tickets were dismissed as well as my reckless driving because of Mr. Clifford's wise decisions and dedication to helping me out.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Clifford Law, PLLC / Triangle Immigration
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Roberts Law Group, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Assistant Regional Counsel
  • Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, Region 1
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney / Law Clerk
  • The Law Office of David H. Abrams
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Anderson & Anderson
  • 1999 - 2005
View all work experience

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 2008
  • North Carolina State University
  • Business Management
  • 2004
  • Athens Drive High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State v. C.D.
  • Case Dismissed.
  • Duke University Student Conduct
  • Not Responsible
  • State v. P.S.
  • Not Guilty Verdict
View all legal cases

Associations

  • North Carolina State University Alumni Association
  • Alumnus
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Legal Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • WakeUP Wake County
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2010 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity
  • Alumni Brother
  • 2002 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member (Tallahassee Division)
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Florida State University College of Law Student Bar Association
  • 2005 - 2008
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top Contributor: Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor 2013: Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • 2013 Clients' Choice: Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Visionary Leader Certification
  • North Carolina State University
  • 2004
  • Induction
  • Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity
  • 2002
View all awards

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Cannabis Career Institute: Raleigh Conference
  • Recent Changes to North Carolina and Federal Laws Regarding Cannabis
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (54)
Given (74)
Domestic violence Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Clifford is a very talented attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client in need."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Clifford's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"Very determined and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nick Clifford is a skilled attorney with a great reputation in the legal community. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A zealous advocate. Excellent reputation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An incredible reputation with peers and clients alike"
Domestic violence Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An outstanding criminal defense attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew Nicholas Clifford is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients very well. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew's dedication to artful advocacy is first-rate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor, I have had the opportunity to work against Nick Clifford. As a criminal defense attorney, I have had the opportunity to work with him. Having seen him in action from both sides of the fence, I can say that Nick works tirelessly to obtain the results his clients deserve. I would recommend him to anyone looking for zealous and effective legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Employment and labor
DUI and DWI
Immigration
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Personal injury