Clifton (Cliff) Black is a veteran attorney and life-long Colorado Springs resident. 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.
Charles Allen, Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, is a former El Paso County Public Defender. While at the Public Defender’s office, Charles represented hundreds of domestic violence, DUI/DWAI, theft, trespassing, and revocation of probation cases. Not only does Charles work hard to exceed the expectations of his client with favorable plea deals, but he isn’t afraid of going to a jury trial.
Alison E. Blackwell, Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC and former Senior Deputy Public Defender with the Colorado State Public Defender, Arapahoe Office. Known as the “DUI Guru” at the Public Defender’s office, Alison fiercely represented her clients in the felony division of the 18th Judicial District Court of Colorado. Alison has advocated on behalf of her clients in an assortment of criminal charges including DUI, Domestic Violence, drug charges, sexual assault, and first-chaired homicide cases, including juvenile homicide.Read More About Alison Blackwell
Jennifer Leyba is the Office Manager for The Law offices of Clifton Black delivering support to our Partners, Attorneys, and staff while striving to provide outstanding customer service to all our clients. As Office Manager, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing office procedures, billing, client management, vendor relations, and human resources.
Lorena Rios-Martinez is the Administrative Assistant for The Law Offices of Clifton Black. Lorena has 5 years of law firm experience; she has extensive experience with all administrative tasks including but not limited to scheduling and correspondence. Lorena has a keen attention to detail, organized, and a perfectionist. She is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients, she is able to interact directly with potential and existing clients striving to provide outstanding customer service to all.
Leslee Cadenas joined the Law Offices of Clifton Black after graduating from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her enthusiasm for the law has encouraged Leslee to join this field and plans to enroll as a law student in the near future. As a paralegal, Leslee is in charge of assisting clients and attorneys by providing regular contact, case updates, maintaining case calendars and deadlines, and drafting pleadings and letters. Further, Leslee is responsible for assisting the attorneys in the criminal defense and eviction processes.Read More about Leslee Cadenas
Joani Harshman is currently building a Cannabis Law practice pursuant to Missouri’s new Medical Cannabis Law Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution. Amendment 2 passed by an overwhelming 65% of the voters in November 2018 making Missouri the 33rd state to legalize medicinal use.