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A practicing attorney in California since 1976, I have specialized my practice in the area of personal injury and wrongful death.  Our trials have been numerous, throughout the state of California, and we have had some great successes for clients.  Cases we routinely handle include auto and motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, plane accidents, train accidents, and premises liability, e.g. collapsing decks.  We have made appellate law in the area of elevator accidents, with many substantial settlements and verdicts.

The areas of special interest that I have include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, catastrophic injuries, including serious burn cases, and cases of wrongful death due to plane crash, train crash, auto and motorcycle crashes, and pedestrian accidents.


In addition to being the senior trial attorney for Blackman Legal Group, I am the founder and chairman of Bay Area Lawyers Network, an elite group of specialists in the Bay Area, and am certified by the State Bar of California to provide continuing legal education for attorneys (MCLE).  I have been running lawyers' continuing education programs 9 times per year since 1996, and have been a frequent lecturer myself on a wide range of topics for attorneys.




Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 40%
    40 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 20%
    40 years, 200 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    40 years, 75 cases
  4. Spinal Cord Injury: 10%
  5. Slip and Fall: 10%



Contingent (25-43%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Christopher Francis Morales

    Clifford is an outstanding attorney. He works tirelessly for his clients and aggressively battles insurance companies in an effort to obtain fair results for his clients. I highly recommend this attorney.


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  • James A. Bach

    I am very familiar with Mr. Blackman's excellent reputation and success in personal injury cases, and have read an appellate decision in his favor after he won an elevator injury case in the trial court and on appeal. He is a "lawyer's lawyer" and has led the Bay Area Lawyers Network as President for several years. He brings to his work energy, enthusiasm, expertise, and experience. People who are injured or sick because of the negligence of others are fortunate to be represented by Cliff Blackman. All personal injury lawyers charge about the same fee, so it doesn't cost any more to hire the very best.


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Contact info

Blackman Legal Group

One Embarcadero Center
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA, 94111


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Better Business BureauA+ Rating2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CEOBlackman Legal Group1976 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Brain Injury AssociationMember2000 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1985 - 2003
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1985 - 2003
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1985 - 2000
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember1982 - 2003
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1976 - 2003
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember1976 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Koepnick v. Kashiwa Fudosan America, Inc.Verdict and Judgment for Plaintiff $6.48 million
Jaso vs. Kaiser PermanenteSettled for $3.1 Million
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Francisco Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Hofstra UniversityTelevision ProductionMA - Masters1974
Hofstra UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bay Area Lawyers Network MCLE Program at City Club of San FranciscoPersonal Injury Practice Update2001
MCLE Continuing Education SeriesUpdate on Personal Injury and Wrongful Death1997
BALN monthly Continuing Education SeriesTrial Tactics in Personal Injury Trials1996