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.
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
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.
RecognitionOregon 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
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
Subway Managers and Franchisees
June 2, 2012