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Timothy S. Bishop

Timothy S. Bishop

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Appointed “Firm of the Year” in the Appellate Law category for the second consecutive year

US News & World Report/Best Law Firms 2014

"...'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.'"

"... ‘the foremost appellate environmental litigator in the United States,’ say market sources,” with “particular expertise in clean water and clean air matters."

Chambers USA

An experienced appellate lawyer, Tim 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.

In the environmental law area Tim has been ranked as a top practitioner by Chambers, Legal 500, 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 has consistently been awarded the highest Band 1 rankings in Chambers USA for the last ten years in environmental law. Chambers USA 2018 says he is "brilliant" and describes him as "the best in the field" by clients who consider him a "go-to-attorney" for major litigation claims. Chambers USA 2017 says he is "one of the nationally preeminent environmental appellate lawyers." In Chambers USA 2016 they note that he "really 'distinguishes himself' in the courtroom with his 'superb' advocacy skills both at the trial and appellate level." 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’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.

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