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Timothy S. Bishop

Mayer Brown LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


An experienced appellate lawyer, Tim Bishop has argued four cases and briefed more than 50 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 Supreme Court Practice (9th ed., 2007), 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, federal 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, and Stoneridge, 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 "a doyen of the appellate bar" (The Legal 500 (2007)) and "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 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." 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. (1988-1989) and to Judge James L. Oakes, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1986-1987). From 1989 to 1991, Tim worked as Staff Counsel and Skadden Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union. 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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