Employment Attorney in Oregon

Employment law is complicated and ever-changing.  You need an experienced lawyer to guide you.  Scott Cliff has successfully assisted both employers and employees with employment issues for over 35 years.   He helps clients understand their options and choose the best course of action in a wide range of employment matters.  Scott draws on his wealth of focused experience in counseling and representing each client, from initial employment-related contracts, all the way through the employment relationship to its end.  He helps clients with non-competition agreements, nondisclosure and non-solicitation agreements, assignment of inventions provisions.  Before or after termination of employment, Scott assists with severance agreements and assessment of possible legal claims.  When litigation is the best course, he provides zealous representation.

Services Offered

  • Employment contracts –  Many employers require employees to sign agreements containing non-competition, nondisclosure, non-solicitation, and assignment of inventions provisions.  Scott provides careful analysis, both at the outset and when enforcement is threatened or called for.  He has represented both employers trying to enforce such provisions and employees seeking to avoid them.
  • Wage and hour matters – Scott helps employers and employees understand state and federal wage and hour laws. He has recovered wages owed to employees and helped employers avoid costly, unlawful pay practices.
  • Discrimination – Scott helps clients understand, comply with, and enforce, laws prohibiting discrimination for many reasons, including race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation disability, race, religion and others.
  • Retaliation – An employer may not retaliate in any way against an employee who reports unsafe conditions or illegal actions in the workplace.
  • Wrongful discharge – State and federal laws make it unlawful to discharge employees for refusing to engage in unlawful conduct or for asserting their employment-related rights.  Scott has both defended and prosecuted such cases.
  • Accommodation of disabilities – Employers must accommodate employees with disabilities, but this is an area fraught with medical and legal issues requiring wise counsel.  Scott represents clients faced with such issues.
  • Severance Agreements – Many employers seek to protect themselves against possible claims by offering severance agreements to employees.  Severance agreements should be reviewed by an attorney who has the employee’s best interest at heart and knows how to asses possible legal claims that are lost if the Severance Agreement is accepted.  Scott regularly serves clients needing wise and timely counsel in such matters.  Click here for fixed-price Severance Assistance packages.
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation of Employment Disputes – While litigation is not the ideal means of resolving all disputes, it is necessary or unavoidable in many cases.  Scott provides zealous representation in state and federal courts.


  • Scott’s goal is always to help clients make informed decisions by discussing pros and cons of various options, including costs, risks, and any defenses and allegations the opposing side is expected to make.

Contact Attorney Scott T. Cliff

From his office in Portland, OR, Scott serves clients throughout Oregon. All consultations are confidential. Call the Law Office of Scott T. Cliff at (503) 922-2071 for more information.

Client Reviews

  • 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.

    - anonymous Show More
  • 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!

    - Nathan Show More
  • 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.

    - Mike Show More
  • 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.

    - Robin
  • 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!

    - Jansen Show More

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  • Scott T. Cliff
    Scott T. Cliff

    Whether you are an employer or employee embroiled in an employment dispute, Attorney Scott T. Cliff, Portland Employment Attorney, has the background and experience to help you. 

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