Skip to main content

Scott T. Cliff

Employment and labor Attorney at Portland, OR

4.9   44 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 18 years
    Oregon - OR 36 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    90%
    More than 29 years of practice focused on all aspects of employment law, counseling and representing both employers and employees in a wide range of matters in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts and agencies, including wage claims, discrimination and retaliation, wrongfull discharge, and other employment-related matters, offering well-balanced, cost-effective approaches to resolution of employment disputes.

    37 years

  2. Arbitration
    5%
    Court-appointed and privately retained arbitrator of civil disputes

    27 years

  3. Mediation
    5%
    Mediation of complex employment and business issues for business and non-profit entities

    27 years

THE RIGHT SOLUTIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES

 

For more than thirtysix years, Portland Attorney Scott T. Cliff, has focused his practice on all aspects of employment law, representing both employers and employees and earning a reputation among clients, colleagues and even opponents for his well-balanced, cost-effective approach to resolving conflicts. He offers services covering the spectrum of appropriate conflict resolution strategies, including counseling, litigation, arbitration and mediation.  His practice model is simple: Keep overhead and fees low and help clients by either doing what he does best or by finding them a lawyer who better meets their needs. 

 

Scott has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 and 2020-2024 lists of Oregon Super Lawyers ® for Employment Law and the 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition® of the nation's top attorneys in the business practice areas of Employment & Labor.

 

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ "AV" (Labor & Employment, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Business Law)*  Martindale-Hubbell® has also recognized Scott as a "Client Champion - Platinum," a distinction held by fewer than 1% of all lawyers, based on client satisfaction.

* "AV Preeminent® (4.) - AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

 

 

Call today to learn how Scott can help!

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2016,2012
Client's Choice
2016 2012

Photos and videos

Location

Law Office of Scott T. Cliff
7307 SW Beveland Road.
Suite 200
Portland, OR, 97223

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  44 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
client
I want to share my experience of working with Scott Cliff. This a brilliant lawyer. I had two custody cases in different states in the past and I saw multiple lawyers. Scott is the most educated, professional and experienced person I know. In addition being for so many years a lawyer in state of Oregon he still remembers about ethics that become extremely important in my case. Thank you for his patience (as the case was very sensitive for me), understanding ( as English is not my native language) and ethical advice I win my case and get impressive compensation. If you have a complex case and need the best lawyer in your corner contact Scott’s law office and if he except you as a client considered that the most difficult part in your case is done ✅. I wish everybody do not need Scott’s help but if you already in the position that you need employment lawyer Scott is the best person for you to contact with.
Read less
Posted by Janet | April 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXPERT ATTORNEY, EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE
Scott Cliff is the most outstanding attorney I have ever worked with. His service sets the Five Star standard for an exceptional experience and outcome. From my initial encounter, I was confident I could trust his legal expertise and allow him to guide me through the process during an incredibly stressful time. Scott demonstrated personal care, utmost professionalism, and excellent and timely communication. He was extremely thorough – he quickly shared what documents and information he needed and made it easy to provide to him. His turnaround time was fast and this helped immensely to relieve some of my stress during this horrendous ordeal. Due to Scott’s highest level of client service, I can’t imagine going through this life-altering event without his representation. He was a lifesaver!! The silver lining is due to my experience, this starts a client/attorney relationship that will last for many years to come. What a comfort to rely on Scott for my current and future legal affairs. I am beyond exceptionally satisfied and honored to recommend Scott as the finest attorney on the planet!!
Read less
Posted by B | March 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Scott did a great job negotiating an acceptable exit plan after I had made a few poor choices on my own. Scott was the best choice I made in the situation. Thank you Scott for your help and advice.
Posted by Makena | July 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best
I had the misfortune of having an employer dispute my eligibility for benefits after already receiving benefits for over 6 months. I decided to go with Scott because he has so many years of experience and is so specialized in the area of Employment Law. I am so grateful to have trusted Scott to take my case. The details of my specific situation were very confusing and unusual. I am so, so glad to have chosen Scott as my attorney. He was honest, compassionate, direct, attentive, and responsive. Although the details of my case were difficult and did not result in the conclusion I’d hoped for, this was at absolutely no fault of Scott. He told me from the start that my case would be an uphill battle that likely wouldn’t be able to be overturned due to a technicality in the law. However, that did not stop Scott from trying his hardest and giving me the absolute best chance possible. I whole heartedly recommend Scott Cliff to anyone facing employment disputes. He is, without a doubt, the most experienced, competent, and qualified lawyer that you could get for any sort of UI or employment issue.
Read less
Posted by Mike | July 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment Agreement
I contacted Scott to have an employment contract reviewed. Scott replied to my message within hours, reviewed my agreement and provided a straight forward, easy to understand summary of areas of risk along with recommended changes all in the same day. I am very pleased with his responsiveness and he was very easy to work with.
Read less
Posted by Kayvon | April 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A+ Attorney
I was beyond satisfied and pleased to work with Scott on a case my company needed representation for. Overall the experience was top notch. He is highly skilled, knowledgable, great negotiator, and overall a genuine person. Highly recommend Scott Cliff and would rate him as a 5 Star attorney.
Posted by Jamaica Imani-Nelson | October 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Of The Northwest
Scott Cliff is not only an amazing attorney... He is an amazing human being!!!! Scott Cliff has provided legal advice and guidance during a difficult situation. I found him to be experienced competent , responsive, knowledgeable and honest. While working with Scott, I felt as though my situation was in adept and trustworthy hands, and he did not steer me wrong.I would highly recommend Scott to anyone seeking legal representation that is fair, honest and will keep your best interest and unique needs of all individuals/ corporations at the forefront. Should the situation arise, I would not hesitate to seek representation from Scott Cliff again.
Read less
Posted by Leif | August 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
This is the first wage dispute I have needed representation for. Scott was able to listen from the begining and help me to fully understand the legal limitations and allowances of my situation in a way that I could understand. Scott diligently kept me in the loop as the dispute unfolded with patience, acceptance and understanding. He provided documents that were strong yet kind. The dispute I was in was far from ordinary and needed to be handled with wisdom. This is exactly what Scott provides and then some. I hope to never need his services again but if I do I will not hesitate to call or recommend someone in need!
Read less
Posted by Jim | September 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Failure to pay wages issue resolved
I engaged Mr. Cliff to help me deal with a former employer. Mr. Cliff was easy to contact and work with, he knew the law and he was a capable negotiator. He was very helpful in recovering the wages I was due, and regained medical coverage for me as well. I was very pleased with his assistance, and would recommend him to anyone with similar problems.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, thank you!
Scott worked on my employment case. My employer did not pay me after I resigned. Scott is knowledgeable, persistent, and professional. He got the job done and I got my back wages paid. Thank you Scott for all your hard work. I highly recommend Scott for any employment issues.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So Happy I Hired Scott
I hired Scott for an employment matter and am very glad I did. From the start he listened intently, asked great questions, was easy to work with and understanding. It was clear from the start that he understood my case and believed in it, and was willing to work hard to get the outcome that was best for me. I'm very happy with the settlement we reached and could not have done this without his help.
Read less
Posted by Nathan | December 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfection in professionalism
Scott is a wonderful attorney. After speaking with him even once, you can tell his level of expertise is second to none. His knowledge of employment law is impeccable. When hired he was prompt to assist with my wage claim. I never had to worry about a thing. He was explanative to the point you knew exactly what was coming next. In my case my wage claim was handled extremely well and would refer him to anyone I know. Great attorney!
Read less
Posted by Mike | October 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended - Very Effective, Honest, and Efficient
I had a difficult situation with an ex-employer who was not keeping the terms of an employment agreement. Scott took the time to thoroughly understand the situation, presented different options to resolve the issue in the most cost effective way, brought the employer to the bargaining table, and negotiated a reasonable compromise without a lengthy and expensive courtroom battle. Scott was also very conscientious about budget constraints I was dealing with, and made sure that his time was being spent in the most cost effective way. I've used other attorneys who never really discussed the return on investment aspect of their time with much depth, and my experience with Scott was a refreshing change of pace in this regard. I would also suspect he's just as effective and fair when representing an employer as well. Scott is an attorney that I would recommend without hesitation for anyone involved in an employment dispute or needing arbitration or mediation services.
Read less
Posted by Robin | October 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Support
Scott was very thorough, communicative, and supportive through a challenging defense. He not only helped address the specific concerns, but also gave us suggestions to strengthen our HR policies. Scott also worked very well with our insurance company throughout the entire process.
Posted by Jansen Elliott | July 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A+ Rating
Mr. Cliff was, probably, the best person I could have contacted, even though I made mistakes, that would have cost me the entire case, Scott made it work... He stuck by my side, he negotiated with fervor and was knowledgable, well spoken and, well connected with all parties involved, including his professionalism with opposing counsel, was top class... And, I thank him!
Read less
Posted by Brad | March 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE HELP I NEEDED, WHEN I NEEDED IT
Scott was made himself available right away, as I faced a tight timeline for decisions. He was responsive and available throughout the process, as I was needing to make quick decisions with timely counsel. Scott provided me with the expert advice and guidance I needed, which gave me security and confidence as I was navigating unfamiliar waters. I am very appreciative of Scott's assistance in what has been an otherwise difficult time and disconcerting process.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would recommend
Scott provided a steady hand, even temperament, and a sharp legal mind to my challenging employment issue. He was easy to work with and dedicated to helping solve my problem.
Posted by Jim | February 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Non-Compete Help
Mr. Cliff did a great job in representing me in non-compete situation with a previous employer. He was empathetic, caring, and very responsive. More than anything, he did what he said he would do. Thanks Scott!
Posted by Jamie | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and knowledgeable attorney, highly recommended
I hired Scott Cliff to represent me and to file a lawsuit against my former employer after I had been terminated from my position. He was professional and extremely knowledgeable about employment law. It was an emotional case for me but he made himself available to answer any question I had and was honest about what I should expect every step of the way. His knowledge and years of experience helped me win a settlement. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs an employment attorney.
Read less
Posted by Nirmala Dhar | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
Scott provided excellent legal advice . I hired him and he won my case. I was very pleased with his defense , his high ethical standards and his concern about cost to me. His legal intervention made a positive difference in my life. I would recommend him without hesitation.
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • THE LAW OFFICE OF SCOTT T. CLIFF
  • 2006 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Amburgey & Rubin, P.C.
  • 1998 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Carter & Cliff
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Danner Scott & Martin
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Associate
  • Spears, Lubersky, Campbell & Bledsoe
  • 1987 - 1991
View all work experience

Education

  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners' Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners' Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Oregon State Bar, Civil Rights Section
  • Member
  • 1989 - 1990
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Business Edition - Labor & Employment
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Oregon Labor & Employment
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Medal for Excellence in Advocacy (Moot Court Competition)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 1986
  • American Jurisprudence Award--Employment Discrimination
  • Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company
  • 1986
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
View all awards

Publications

  • Sterling Educational Services (SES)
  • Compensation Issues Under FLSA and Oregon Law
  • 2009
  • Sterling Educational Services
  • Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Law Claims
  • 2003
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Disabilities," OSB Labor & Employment Law, Private Sector
  • Co-Author
  • 2002
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Documentation of Performance, Discipline and Discharge From a Litigator's Perspective
  • 2002
  • Oregon Labor Letter "I've Got a Question" Column
  • Settlement of Wage Claims" and "Overtime Pay
  • 2000
  • Oregon Labor Letter
  • Mediation–Just A Fancy Word For Surrender?
  • 2000
View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Employment Law Update In Oregon
  • Compensation Issues Under FLSA and Oregon Law
  • 2009
  • "Behind the Truth--Two Opposing Sides of a Lawsuit,"
  • Employment Litigation
  • 2008
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Employment Related Records in Oregon
  • 2005
  • Annual Convention of the Oregon Association of Mortgage Professionals
  • 1099 versus W-2
  • 2005
  • Concordia University MBA Program
  • Strategic Human Resources Management
  • 2004
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Litigation of Wage Claim Cases
  • 2003
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Payroll Management in Oregon
  • 2003
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Scott
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of knowing Scott Cliff for many years. He is an exceptional attorney who not only zealously represents his clients, but also serves as an arbitrator and mediator as well. If you need an employment lawyer, Scott should be your first choice."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am pleased to endorse Scott Cliff. We have shared office space for 5 years and I have observed Scott on a daily basis. We also have collaborated on a few cases, and I have referred clients of mine to him for representation in employment matters. Scott is extremely knowledgeable in employment law and is as fair, diligent and honest a lawyer as I have known in my 40 years of practice. It is a pleasure to be associated with Scott. He very much deserves the highest professional rating."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Scott is very effective because he knows how to cooperate with other lawyers to achieve positive results but can, when necessary, aggressively advocate on behalf of his client. He is also one of the most ethical lawyers I have ever encountered."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott and I worked opposite of each other on an non competition case. Scott did a great job on behalf of his client. His briefing and oral arguments were well done and thoughtful. He was very nice to work with. I would whole heartedly endorse Scott."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He has helped my clients deal with sophisticated employment law problems beyond my expertise in that area"
Corporate and incorporation
Employment and labor
Employment and labor
Employment and labor