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Clifford K. Atkinson

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Mr. Atkinson received his B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1973. Prior to attending Law School, Clifford was employed as a geophysicist for a mining company.

He received his J.D. (Juris Doctorate) from the University of New Mexico in 1978, where he served as Editor of the Natural Resources Journal. After practicing at another Firm for 13 years, he and Mr. Thal founded the Firm in 1992. For over 38 years, Mr. Atkinson has focused his practice on litigating a broad spectrum of difficult cases.


Born in Little Rock, Arkansas – August of 1951. Law School – University of New Mexico, J.D. Staff Member, 1976-1978 and Editor, 1977-1978, Natural Resources Journal.   "AV" rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell©, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.  He is Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and Southwest Super Lawyers© (Business Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources) and Chambers & Partners USA©.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Atkinson is an avid skier and heli skier, technical and cave diver, adventure motorcyclist, hunter and hiker. He has received training in mixed martial arts.

Admitted to Law Practice

  •   1978, New Mexico
  •   1993, Colorado
  •   Federal District of New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska
  •   Tenth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal
  •   United States Supreme Court

Organizations & Memberships

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) – President July 2016 – July 2017; Former Southwestern Vice President; Executive Committee Member

Fellow: New Mexico Bar Foundation

State Bar of New Mexico (Member, Natural Resources Specialization Selection Committee, 1990-1996)

Colorado Bar Association

New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute (New Mexico Liaison, Commercial Litigation Section, 1998-2000)


I study the whole situation, including the opposition, the business environment, and my client's position. I believe this approach creates the best opportunities for success for my clients.

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