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 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.