Clarence M. Belnavis

Partner

(503) 242-4262 phone
(503) 242-4263 fax
(206) 682-2308 phone
(206) 682-7908 fax

Education

  • Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC
    J.D. 1994
  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
    B.A. 1991

Clarence Belnavis is a partner in the Portland and Seattle offices. 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 he has been listed in 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.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

Professional Activities

Clarence has served as the president of both the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association and the Association of Oregon Black Lawyers. He is a member of the Owen M. Panner Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a former coach of the Jefferson High School (Portland, OR) Mock Trial Team.

Recognition

Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Six Attorneys in Portland Listed in 2015 Oregon Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
July 8, 2015

Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

Oregon Super Lawyers

News/Media

For Love of Halloween: Costumes & Compliance
October 23, 2015

Volunteers and Interns: When Free is Too Good To Be True
October 17, 2014

The Inside Track: I-502 And Its Impact On Oregon Employers
August 18, 2014

Workplace Violence: Drawing The Line Against Employee Misconduct
October 19, 2012

Healthcare Reform, Think About It Now
July 18, 2012

Keeping It Out Of Court
July 22, 2011

The Social At-Work
February 4, 2011

Inappropriate - At Any Level
September 3, 2010

Preventing Workplace Violence
May 18, 2010

‘Tis The Season for Temporary Help
November 13, 2009

Swine Flu, What's An Employer to Do?
October 2, 2009

Left Behind: Working with Employees Who Survive a Reduction in Force
March 6, 2009

Election Time? With EFCA, Workers Could Lose the Right to Vote to Unionize
October 31, 2008

Office Romances Require a 'Love' Contract
February 8, 2008

Hospitality Industry Proves Ripe for Wage and Hour Lawsuits
June 8, 2007

Volunteering To Work?
March 30, 2007

Quotes and Soundbites

Technology Makes Office Romance Easier, and Firms Fret
February 16, 2015

Love in The Time of Cubicles
February 12, 2015

Love and Office Don't Always Go Together Heartily
February 12, 2015

Portland Mandate Catches Vancouver Businesses Off-Guard
December 27, 2013

Don't Wait to Make a Plan for Managing Health Reform and Portland's Sick Leave Law
November 1, 2013

30 Percent of Office Romances Lead to Marriage
February 15, 2013

Un-appy: Portland-Area Lawyers Not Sold on iPhone Time-Tracking App
May 26, 2011

Presentations

Quirks of State-OSHA Plans: NC, SC, VA, OR and WA
February 10, 2016

Workplace Legal Issues for the West Coast Employer
October 15, 2015

To Be or Not to Be: Employee or Independent Contractor?
August 20, 2015

It Isn't Easy Being Green: Welcome to Washington
August 18, 2015

The Best Ways to Get Sued Over Leaves Accommodations
June 25, 2015

2014 Northwest Auto Dealers Seminar
June 18, 2014

VEVRAA Rule Changes/New Legal Challenges - Portland, OR
November 20, 2013

Learning the Ropes: Employment Law and Conscientious Communication
November 8, 2013

What to Do When your Own Employees are Sick - Portland, OR
March 21, 2013

Hiring Employees You Won't Want to Fire – Portland, OR
November 8, 2012

2014 Northwest Auto Dealers Seminar
June 18, 2014

1)  Top Employment Law Issues for Northwest Dealerships
2)  Workforce Compliance - Ask the Experts Panel
Compli and Geffen Mesher & Co.
June 18, 2014

Prescription Drug Policies: The Good, the Bad, and the Works in Progress
Portland Employer Drug-Free Initiative
May 13, 2014

What to Do When your Own Employees are Sick
Portland, OR
March 21, 2014

The Nuts and Bolts of Wage and Hour Law
Labor and Employment Section of the Oregon Bar
March 18, 2014

VEVRAA Rule Changes/New Legal Challenges
Portland, OR
November 20, 2013

Learning the Ropes/Employment Law and Conscientious Communication
November 8, 2013

Hiring Employees You Won't Want to Fire
Portland, OR
November 8, 2012

Learning the Ropes/Employment Law and Conscientious Communication
Professional Liability Fund
November 1, 2012

Top Ten Employment Issues for Dealerships
Compli and Geffen Mesher & Co.
June 21, 2012

Labor Laws
Subway Managers and Franchisees
June 2, 2012

Community

Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest

Education

  • Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC
    J.D. 1994
  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
    B.A. 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington