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Clarence M. Belnavis

Regional Managing Partner, Portland
t: 503.205.8045
f: 503.242.4263
t: 206.693.5075
f: 206.682.7908


Clarence Belnavis is the managing partner in the Portland office and a partner in Seattle office. He is a trial attorney with a primary emphasis in employment litigation, including disability, racial and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. He also represents employers in wage and hour claims, employment class actions, and traditional labor matters.

Clarence also has significant experience counseling clients with respect to labor and employment matters, including disability and return to work issues, employee handbooks, termination procedures and litigation avoidance.

Clarence routinely provides client trainings and speeches to industry groups regarding current and developing employment law issues in Washington and Oregon.

He has been listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2006 and  The Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He has also been named one of Portland's "Top 40 Under 40" by the Portland Business Journal, and he has been repeatedly recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers for his work in labor and employment law. He currently serves on the board of  Big Brothers Big Sisters, Columbia Northwest.

In 2011, Clarence was honored as a "Convocation on Equality Champion" in recognition of the diversity work that he has been engaged in during his career.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Oregon Super Lawyers (2006 - 2008, 2012 - 2018)
  • Chambers USA (2006 - Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2009 - Present)

Professional Activities

  • President, Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association
  • President, Association of Oregon Black Lawyers
  • Member, Owen M. Panner Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Former Coach, Jefferson High School (Portland, OR) Mock Trial Team

Community Activities

  • Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • BOLI Employment Law Conference: Handling Trouble Employees” - Oregon Convention Center
  • Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund “Employment Law and Conscientious Communication": “Learning the Ropes” - Oregon Convention Center
  • SAIF Oregon Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Benefits Training Presentation: “Dealing with the dysfunctional employee” - SAIF Conference Center in Salem
  • 2019 Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) Hospitality Conference: “The latest employment law issues"- Seaside OR
  • 9th Annual 2019 Northwest Dealership Seminar: "The Latest Employment Law Issues"- Portland Golf Club
  • 2014 Northwest Auto Dealers Seminar: "Top Employment Law Issues for Northwest Dealerships" and "Workforce Compliance - Ask the Experts Panel" - Compli and Geffen Mesher & Co.
  • "Prescription Drug Policies: The Good, the Bad, and the Works in Progress" - Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative
  • "What to Do When your Own Employees are Sick" - Portland, OR
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Wage and Hour Law" - Labor and Employment Section of the Oregon Bar
  • "VEVRAA Rule Changes/New Legal Challenges" - Portland, OR
  • "Learning the Ropes/Employment Law and Conscientious Communication"
  • "Hiring Employees You Won't Want to Fire" - Portland, OR 
  • "Learning the Ropes/Employment Law and Conscientious Communication" - Professional Liability Fund
  • "Top Ten Employment Issues for Dealerships" - Compli and Geffen Mesher & Co.
  • "Labor Laws" - Subway Managers and Franchisees


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