Clarence M. Belnavis


Portland Office

(503) 242-4262 phone
(503) 242-4263 fax


  • 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 office. He has substantial experience handling various types of 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 began his legal career serving as a law clerk in the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of the Navy, and he served as a judicial intern for Judge A.

Burnett of the District of Columbia Superior Court. He has 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. Clarence 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.

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


Oregon Super Lawyers


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

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

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


Board Member, Morrison Child and Family Services

Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest


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

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington