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Clifton L Black

Business Attorney at Colorado Springs, CO

5.0   15 reviews

also known as Cliff Black

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Clifton

Learn Clifton’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    I have been representing the licensed marijuana industry since the beginning of regulation. We assist clients in creating corporations, business agreements, leases, business purchases, lending, and many other areas.

    15 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    I have been representing the licensed marijuana industry since the beginning of regulation. We assist clients in creating corporations, business agreements, leases, business purchases, lending, and many other areas.

    15 years

  3. Licensing
    I have been representing the licensed marijuana industry since the beginning of regulation. We assist clients with state and local licensing for businesses and individuals. We also assist clients with alleged violations by the licensing authorities

    15 years

  4. Criminal defense

    24 years

Clifton Black is a veteran attorney and life-long Colorado Springs resident. Cliff attended public school in Colorado Springs as well as Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Cliff began his career as a sole practitioner in 2000, when he discovered a passion for practicing criminal defense while representing a family friend in a DUI matter. For much of his career, he practiced as a criminal defense attorney and assisted thousands of clients in this area of law. Cliff has always advocated for his clients and has their best interest when fighting for them.

With the legalization of medical marijuana, Cliff began practicing in this area representing the marijuana industry in 2009. At that time attorneys in the community were not familiar with the legalities of medical marijuana. While most attorneys were unwilling to educate themselves on the legalities, Cliff was willing to review the Constitution regarding medical marijuana and the other legalities involved.

Cliff is now a well-known legal expert and advocate for the regulated marijuana industry and is well-known in the state of Colorado as such. Cliff has participated in the City Council of Colorado Springs and was an active member of the initial Marijuana Task Force that was created by the City Council to draft proposed ordinances along with other experts in the industry. Although those proposed ordinances were not ultimately adopted, he worked with the City Attorney’s Office, City Clerk, City Planning, and other officials to create ordinances that were adopted by the City Council. Cliff has been a panel member on numerous panels related to marijuana.

Today many regulated marijuana establishments, caretakers, and business owners that provide secondary services/products turn to Cliff for legal guidance on local, state, and federal laws that govern the marijuana industry.

The laws continuously evolve and Cliff stays well versed in the complex area and has a thorough understanding. He does this by actively working vigorously and diligently on every matter that he takes on and remains appraised of the law.

Cliff continues to work with the City of Colorado Springs on its ordinances through the Colorado Springs Marijuana Working Group, a group established by the City Council to provide additional guidance to the City on its ordinances for the licensed marijuana industry.

Many attorneys throughout the state contact Cliff for his opinion and seek answers. As a veteran attorney for the marijuana industry, it’s not uncommon for the news media to contact Cliff for his opinion on marijuana issues.


2 N Cascade Ave
Ste. 1100
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903-2226

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Posted by Josh | June 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed and Sealed
Wonderful lawyer, he’s on your side, I had 3 misdemeanor charges pressed against me no community service OR jail time and we had an angle. He also had his apprentice with him Charles Allen who I also recommend as well, it turned out the case got solved through the neighborhood justice center. It was a setting where they were able to prove that I was bullied a lot by the suing party. Thank you once again Mr. Black and Mr. Allen.
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Posted by Kellen | June 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Cliff Black is an outstanding attorney!
Cliff has been advising me on matters related to my business for six years now. No matter what the issue, he has been there to help. He is knowledgeable, professional, and always available when I need him. I trust him completely and consider him a friend. Part of being a great defense attorney is keeping clients out of court in the first place. Cliff has done an excellent job of making sure that's the "case" for me.
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Posted by Gabriel | October 19, 2014
Sealing of my records
As my family and I continue to progress there was one more step that was need it and it was to seal my records. Mr. Cliff assisted in making sure it was the final step in which was a long road to recover my past and insure that one mistake i made should not keep me from suceeding in life. I owe lots to the lawyers involve in my recovery as well as the front office personnel. I highly recommend Mr. Cliff and his staff. God bless you'll. And once again thank you very much!!!!!
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Posted by Angela | July 16, 2014
No regrets
It has been a complete pleasure to work with Clifton Black. He handled a 9 year old DUI on my behalf. I'm no longer a resident of Colorado Springs. I worried how it would all work with me in another state. It was no problem at all. The whole staff are helpful and friendly. Without hesitation I recommend this group.
Posted by Tiffany | March 10, 2014
Mr Black is professional, trustworthy, and knows how to win! With his efforts, my felony charge was dismissed, while saving thousands of dollars, and much stress by preventing the case from going to trial. I recommend him without reservation.
Posted by Gabriel | January 28, 2014
Outstanding & truly professional
Mr. Black treated me like a man that made one regretful mistake and helped me to figure out that it wasn't the end of the world. He represented me and treated me like a general in the military with respect and honor. He kept me informed and most importantly kept me out of prison. He trusted me with truth and erased all doubts about my future been in jeopardy. All in all he gave me back my life and I have succeeded to complete my associates in computer programming and are a awaiting a call from the Union Pacific . I have recommended Mr Cliff time after time, Thank you Cliff
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Posted by Mike | June 3, 2013
Just wonderful
Cliff Black represented me recently when I found myself charged with a misdemeanour that could have resulted in an 18 month sentence and/or a $5,000 fine. His knowledge, empathy and strategy is top notch, resulting in my case being dismissed before trial. Despite being innocent of the charge, I was initially tempted to accept a plea agreement requiring me to plead guilty just to 'make it go away'. This would have had disastrous consequences to my future employment prospects. I would recommend anyone finding themselves 'in a corner' to contact this law firm before taking the decidedly risky approach of going it alone or accepting the first plea agreement offered.
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Posted by Leah | May 29, 2013
First and last attorney I will ever use!
Attorney Clifton Black has represented my family for the past ten years, with everything from DUI's to Underage Drinking Tickets; all of which were satisfactorily handled. When I have legal issues, he is the first person I cal! I was the first in my family to ever receive legal assistance from him, but I was definitely not the last, and for good reason! It would be fair to say that I was initially on the fence between hiring him versus just paying the fine and suffering the consequences. Even though I could have saved myself some money, after speaking with him it was impossible to deny the practicality of safeguarding my future by keeping my criminal record as clean as possible. When I first sat down with him during the free consultation, I was truly impressed by his professionalism and knowledge on my legal issue. While I was not entirely oblivious with how the system handled Underage Drinking Tickets, I was far from a subject matter expert, but fortunately Mr. Black was! He walked me through all of my options and I remember what I most appreciated about Mr. Black was his honesty, he gave it to me straight without sugar coating anything. Mr. Black was extremely thorough and addressed all my concerns. There was no question by the end of that meeting as to whether I would hire him or not, and I to this day am glad I did. Throughout the process Mr. Black kept in good contact with me, and I made sure I was just as diligent with getting Mr. Black all the information he asked for. In the end I was given a deferment, meaning that if I stayed out of trouble for a year, it would be like it never happened; however, if I did get in trouble within the next year, the courts would revoke my deferment and I would automatically receive a guilty charge. Unfortunately, I was not someone who learned from my mistakes and within the next twelve months I managed to get two more tickets for the same thing, not to mention an unrelated speeding ticket (that did not gain me any sympathy in the courts eyes). But despite all the charges stacked against me, because of Mr. Black's fantastic representation, I pled guilty to one of the Underage Drinking Tickets and the other two were DROPPED! Mr. Black first won me a deferment and then helped me dig out of the hole I placed myself in by getting two more. To have only walked away with one charge instead of all three (since I violated my deferment) is truly remarkable. Since then I have had undergo countless background checks for my job in the military, and I am eternally grateful that Mr. Black kept me from looking like a repeat offender with a questionable drinking problem. As stated before, I have been so satisfied with his ability to handle my cases that I have trusted him enough to refer him to ALL my family and friends; so it goes without saying that if you are looking for someone to represent you, I HIGHLY recommend you get in contact with Clifton Black!!!
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Posted by Mike, a Criminal Defense Client | May 23, 2013
Best Criminal Defense Attorney I Have Ever & Only Hired
I was recently involved with a (F4) Theft & (F5) Submitting a False Instrument. I was worried so much that I could have lost my job if they would have found out and hurt me more in the long run for my career. I was worried about having jail time and a conviction on my record for the rest of my life and losing my civil rights, i.e. losing my rights to own a weapon and/or a carry concealment license. I barely made enough but still made over the requirements to obtain a Public Defender. I started to call around and found Mr. Clifton Black. I setup a consultation and at that first meeting, we got to chat and discuss the case. It was a great first meeting that I ended up hiring Mr. Black. After going back and forth with the DA, Mr Black was able to get my get my 2 Felonies dismissed and dropped down to a DEFERRED Class 2 Misdemeanor with Fines, Fees and a Suspended Sentence. Mr. Black is a wonderful person and a great Attorney. If I ever need another Attorney in the future, Clifton Black would be the person to go. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a Criminal Defense Attorney.
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Posted by Dustin | March 10, 2013
Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Colorado Springs!
I was recently involved in a Domestice violece case I was wrongly accused of and I felt the the "victim" and the police took advantage of the situation and I had no way to prove myself after being released from the el paso county jail I began my search for an attorney I felt would take my case seriously and push for the best results possible I talked to two other attorneys and then I was referred to Clifton Black of Black and Graham after meeting with Clifton for a consult I felt I was in good hands he explained the process to me so I could make the right decisions for my future. We tried every thing to prove my innocence but still ended up taking my case to trial where Clifton Black proved himself to be the best attorney I could of asked for he made the jury see the whole story and not just the parts and bits the District attorney would like them to see. If I had to refer anyone to an attorney or lawfirm it would be Clifton Black of Black and Graham
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2012
Great DUI attorney
I was charged with a DUI. I was extremely worried about the consequences, receiving jail time and losing my license. I hired Clifton Black, who came highly recommend. I was extremely impressed with his knowledge of the law, ability to work with the court, and the prosecuting attorney. The staff was always proficient in answering any questions I had. The outcome was much better than I had expected, Mr. Black made sure that jail was not ordered by the judge and I didn’t lose my driver’s license.
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Posted by Stephanie | August 11, 2012
Clifton Black rocks Colorado Springs in DUI defense!
Mr. Black was hired for a DUI charge I obtained several years ago. It was a scary experience, but he professionally handled all aspects of my case and got me a deal that made the entire experience bearable. I would recommend Mr. Black to anyone who has ever received a DUI or similar charge and allow him to work his magic. I couldn't be happier with the results he obtained on my behalf. Thank you Mr. Black!
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Posted by Tanner | August 6, 2012
Thanks Cliff
Cliff Black is terrific. He helped me out tremendously. He was very professional, courteous, and demonstrated specific attention to detail. He provided excellent service and was always available, even in short notice situations. He is very well respected and I highly recommend him and his firm to handle your legal needs. Thanks Cliff
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Posted by D&T | July 5, 2012
Trustworthy, honest, dependable and focused!
Cliff has been our attorney for many years. He has helped us with DUI cases and other criminal cases. He is very knowledgeable and is up to date on new laws or situations that may have an impact on us. He is easy to work with and takes the time to gather all the details. I always refer Cliff to all my clients, friends and family when I can.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2008
Client Review
Knowledgable and keep in contact with me at all stages of my case. Very responsive in returning calls. I came out far better than others in the same situation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 390-390 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Owner
  • Clifton L. Black, LLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Partner
  • Black & Graham, LLC and Clifton L. Black, LLC
  • 2000 - 2018


  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997
  • Pikes Peak COmmunity College
  • Associate
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • The People of the State of Colorado v. Robert Crouse
  • Court rules in Mr. Black's client's favor.
  • State of Colorado v. Client
  • dismissal


  • Colorado Springs Medcial Cannabis Council
  • Advisor
  • 2009 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Board member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best of 2011
  • Colorado Springs Independent
  • 2011
  • Wall of Fame
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • 2007
  • Bryan S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • 2003


  • Penalities Under Colorado Law
  • Marijuana
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal issues surrounding Medical Marijuana
  • Medical Marijuana and Criminal Defesne Issues
  • 2011
  • El Paso County Bar annual Family Law Update
  • family law and Medical Marijuana
  • 2010
  • City of Colorado Springs City Council Meeting
  • Regulations for Medical Marijuana
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (38)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Clifton Black is an excellent attorney who is constantly thinking of ways to make his client's cases better. He works tirelessly on his client's cases and often times has an angle on a case that most attorneys have not or would not of thought of. In the field of medical and recreational marijuana, Mr. Black knows as much or more than any attorney in the industry and can help guide you through any step of the process. Mr. Black is an excellent attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"You can't do better than Cliff Black when it comes to Criminal Defense. He is the best of the best. He is also the leading attorney in marijuana law in the region."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Cliff is a zealous advocate for all of his clients, regardless of what charges they face."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a former Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Black and I worked together on numerous cases, and I always found him to be ethical, knowledgeable, and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cliff is extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. He is an outstanding lawyer and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for one of the best attorneys in town."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Other
"I highly endorse this lawyer, they are a well respected member of the legal community and always give their clients the best representation, If you are looking for someone willing to fight hard for your case, then look no further"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Clifton. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Black is an experienced, personable, dedicated criminal defense attorney. He is almost universally acknowledged as the most knowledgeable marijuana defense attorney in the area. He's also a consummate professional, and we've worked together on several cases of co-defendants or cross complaints (i.e. where two people are arrested at the same time for crimes against each other) where we've been able to get all charges dismissed."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor I handled several cases against Mr. Black. He is a skilled trial attorney, extremely thorough is his practice, and obtains superior results for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Black."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former deputy district attorney, I squared off with Mr. Black on several occasions. He is a tremendous attorney and advocate for his clients with tons of experience and the knowledge and finesse to get outstanding results from even the most tenacious of prosecutors."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to Colorado Springs, and really the entire state of Colorado, there are few lawyers more capable than Cliff. He is aggressive enough to make opposing counsel and prosecutors take him seriously without being too aggressive. As a fellow attorney, I have always found him helpful with suggestions for helping my own clients. While so many attorneys give our industry a bad name, Cliff is a real class act."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cliff is an excellent attorney with a proven track record. I have known him for many years and often ask him questions about the Colorado Criminal Justice System. Cliff has been at the forefront of protecting individual rights with respect to the Medical Marijuana industry. I highly recommend Mr. Black if you need a experienced criminal defense attorney in or around El Paso County Colorado."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. While I was still at the DA's office, Cliff was opposing counsel on several cases. He is a skilled, but very likeable attorney (the two do not always go together), that worked hard to get good resolutions for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A true professional and skilled attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. After reviewing Attorney Clifton Black's profile and presence on Avvo it is clear he is one of finest Criminal Defense Attorneys in Colorado. With a Superb rating, over 12 years of experience and several outstanding reviews from clients and even Opposing Counsel, Colorado native Clifton Black is an easy choice!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the extreme pleasure of working against Mr. Black a few years ago on several economic crime and general criminal cases when I was a Deputy DA in El Paso County. He is the consummate professional. He is extremely knowledgable about the law and assertive for his client's rights. Additionally, I saw him frequently be able to work out better plea bargains than other criminal defense attorneys due to the hard work that he put into cases and the respect that we had for him at the DA's Office. If you hire Mr. Black, it will be one of the best decisions that you have ever made."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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