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For more than twenty-eight 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 list 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)*  


* "AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0) - 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! (503) 922-2071



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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 90%
    29 years
  2. Mediation: 5%
    19 years
  3. Arbitration: 5%
    19 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Gregory W Byrne

    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.


    Gregory Byrne Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    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.


    Amy Alpern Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Scott T. Cliff

7307 SW Beveland Road.
Suite 213
Portland, OR, 97223


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Business Edition - Labor & EmploymentSuperLawyers2013
Oregon Labor & EmploymentSuperLawyers2012
Medal for Excellence in Advocacy (Moot Court Competition)American College of Trial Lawyers1986
American Jurisprudence Award--Employment DiscriminationLawyers Co-operative Publishing Company1986
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderAmburgey & Rubin, P.C.1998 - 2006
PartnerCarter & Cliff1993 - 1998
AssociateDanner Scott & Martin1992 - 1993
AssociateSpears, Lubersky, Campbell & Bledsoe1987 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State BarMember1987 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1987 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Litigation SectionMember1987 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners' SectionChair Elect1999 - 1999
Oregon State Bar, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners' SectionExecutive Committee1996 - 1998
Oregon State Bar, Civil Rights SectionMember1989 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Compensation Issues Under FLSA and Oregon Law2009
Sterling Educational Services Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Law Claims2003
Lorman Educational ServicesDocumentation of Performance, Discipline and Discharge From a Litigator's Perspective2002
Equal Employment Opportunity: Disabilities," OSB Labor & Employment Law, Private Sector Co-Author2002
Oregon Labor Letter "I've Got a Question" Column Settlement of Wage Claims" and "Overtime Pay2000
Oregon Labor Letter Mediation–Just A Fancy Word For Surrender?2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Lewis and Clark CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate Podcast webinarOverview of Employment Law2010
Employment Law Update In OregonCompensation Issues Under FLSA and Oregon Law2009
"Behind the Truth--Two Opposing Sides of a Lawsuit,"Employment Litigation2008
Lorman Educational ServicesEmployment Related Records in Oregon2005
Annual Convention of the Oregon Association of Mortgage Professionals1099 versus W-22005
Concordia University MBA ProgramStrategic Human Resources Management2004
Lorman Educational ServicesLitigation of Wage Claim Cases2003
Lorman Educational ServicesPayroll Management in Oregon2003