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Pioneer Spirit

Tim Bishop grew up in England and went to law school at Oxford. Clerkships for Judge James Oakes of the Second Circuit and Justice William Brennan Jr. of the US Supreme Court led him to focus on appellate practice, where “dealing with cutting-edge legal issues and crafting persuasive briefs make for an intellectually challenging practice.”

Trails Blazed

While maintaining a generalist practice, Bishop has a special interest in environmental and land use issues, having argued five such cases before the US Supreme Court and handled scores more there and in appeals courts. Many of Bishop’s cases have a constitutional element under the Takings or Commerce Clauses. “I am proudest of three wins in Clean Water Act cases I argued before the Supreme Court—decisions that the EPA cannot regulate isolated waters just because they are used by migratory birds, that the water transfers that are critical to irrigation and drinking water supply do not require Clean Water Act permits and that precipitation runoff from forest roads does not require Clean Water Act permits.”

Future Explorations

Bishop believes much of the litigation from well-funded environmental groups has a motive to shut down economic enterprise. “They don’t like the idea of natural resources being exploited for economic gain.” These “huge permitting schemes” clog up the EPA and divert resources from environmental advances. “I will continue to take great pleasure in beating in court the Luddite-minded green groups that attack good stewards of the environment.”

Reprinted with permission from the April 27, 2015 edition of The National Law Journal © 2015 ALM Properties, Inc. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited.