An experienced appellate lawyer, Timothy S. Bishop has argued seven cases and briefed more than 80 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 (2d ed. 2013), 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 many 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.
Since 1995, Tim has been a partner in Mayer Brown’s 60-strong Supreme Court & 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 2018 Appellate Illinois Litigation Stars and a Leading Lawyers 2018 Top Ten Environmental Lawyer. Other recent accolades include selection as a 2018 Law360 environmental MVP and 2015 National Law Journal Environmental Trailblazer.
- Northwestern University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude
- University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College
- University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MA
- University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, BA, Law with First Class Honors
- District of Columbia
- US Supreme Court
- US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- US Court of Federal Claims
- US Tax Court
- American Agricultural Law Association
- Seventh Circuit Bar Association
- 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
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