Timothy S. Bishop: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Timothy S. Bishop

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7829

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Practice Areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Energy
  • Sectors
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Environmental
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Property Rights
  • Securities Litigation & Enforcement
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7829
Fax: 312 706 8607
University University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, M.A., 1983
Law SchoolUniversity of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, B.A., Law, with First Class Honors, 1979; University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, Diploma in Law, 1986; Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
Admitted1988, Illinois; 1996, District of Columbia; US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; US Court of Federal Claims; US Tax Court; US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Supreme Court Historical Society

Adjunct Professor: University of Chicago Law School, 1990-1991; Northwestern University School of Law, 1981-1983, 1993-1996; Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent Law School, 1989-1991

Guest lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard Law School, and Vermont Law School


...'unparalleled in the appellate area of environmental law' and in the words of one commentator 'is the man to take with you if you're going to the highest court in the land.'

Chambers USA 2006

An experienced appellate lawyer, Tim Bishop has argued five cases and briefed more than 60 before the US Supreme Court and has successfully handled dozens of appeals in federal and state appellate courts. He also represents clients in dispositive dismissal, summary judgment, and class certification motions in federal and state trial courts. Tim is co-author of the leading treatise, Supreme Court Practice (10th ed. 2013), a contributor to Federal Appellate Practice (2008), and a prolific author and speaker in the areas of appellate practice, environmental law, and securities law.

Tim has substantial experience in environmental and land use litigation (especially under the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, federal and state Takings Clauses, and nuisance law), securities and antitrust litigation, class certification, fraudulent transfer suits, federal and state tax controversies, labor and employment law, and constitutional appeals and litigation. In the securities area, he has submitted successful party or amicus briefs in most of the Supreme Court's recent cases, including Dabit, Dura, Tellabs, Billing, Stoneridge, and Amchem, as well as in leading lower-court cases such as In re IPO Securities Litigation and Newton. He has broad experience in defeating class certification in complex litigation.

In the environmental law area Tim has been ranked as a top practitioner by Chambers, Best Lawyers in America, Euromoney's Best of the Best USA, and other publications, which have called him the go-to guy if you have a serious environmental issue on appeal - he is excellent at spotting issues and is a great appellate advocate (Chambers 2009). Tim is ranked Band 1 in Chambers USA 2012 in Environmental Law (sources unanimously consider Bishop to be an exceptionally strong appellate lawyer) and Legal 500 2012 comments, Bishop is 'superb and provides exemplary service.' Tim successfully argued Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County in the Supreme Court, in which the Court struck down the Corps of Engineer's migratory bird rule. More recently, in Georgia Pacific v. NEDC, he obtained Supreme Court reversal of a Ninth Circuit ruling requiring Clean Water Act permits for runoff from forest roads. One leading environmental law professor and practitioner has written that Tim is industry's leading Supreme Court lawyer in environmental cases.

Since 1995, Tim has been a partner in Mayer Brown LLP's 60-strong Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Practice (which stands head and shoulders above its competitors, according to Chambers USA 2008). Previously, he served as Law Clerk to US Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and to Judge James L. Oakes, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and was Staff Counsel and Skadden fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union. Recently, Tim was named one of Benchmark's 2013 Appellate Illinois Litigation Stars. Chambers USA (2007) notes Tim's high visibility and incredible reputation for appellate law, and he has been described in the Lawdragon 500 as a high court superstar and a top advocate (2006).

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Timothy S. Bishop

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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