Cliff McCormack is a public defender in Neptune who has served as an ally to Keith Mars and Veronica Mars, as well as a steady client of Mars Investigations. Although rarely a key player in the series, he has had some notable and memorable appearances. For instance, Cliff was seduced by an escort hired by Aaron Echolls to steal his briefcase, which contained the Logan Echolls murder case files and keys to the storage locker containing Aaron's personal belongings, including an Oscar statue. (The Rapes of Graff)


  • "I have a zest for life. So sue me."
  • "I heard you but your dad's out tracking down bail jumpers half the time and yet somehow all the cases that come in here still get handled. How is that?" (to Veronica)
  • "Dershowitz, Cochrane, and Shapiro were offering up their limbs, and he comes here for representation. I failed criminal law and I still know that can't be good."
  • "I make no apologies. I like this case; it's tawdry."
  • "You crazy kids! The stuff you're into. Hula hoops, cramming into phone booths, visiting death row inmates...what's it gonna be next month?"


Cliff McCormack
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