Derek A. Bishop
Derek Bishop is senior counsel in the Employment practice group. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation and employment law. He defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and violation of wage and hour laws brought either by individual employees or on behalf of a class of employees. In addition, he defends clients involved in other complex civil disputes, including claims for violation of the Consumer Protection Act and breach of contract. Mr. Bishop also counsels employers and conducts client-focused trainings on issues including the Public Records Act, harassment and discrimination. Mr. Bishop has successfully represented clients in arbitration, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has also successfully represented clients before state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Bishop served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard B. Sanders of the Washington State Supreme Court.
For each of the past three years, Mr. Bishop has been recognized as a Rising Star in the State of Washington, an annual listing of the top attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a firefighter’s claims of discrimination, harassment and constructive discharge against his former employer.
Successfully obtained a finding of no-reasonable cause for a client from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on a claim for disability discrimination based on prescription drug abuse
Successfully defended a client before the Seattle Human Rights Commission on a claim that it refused to provide services to a claimant based on the claimant’s race.
Obtained a favorable settlement of claims against the guarantors of a commercial building project in a deficiency action following the non-judicial foreclosure of the project.
Publications & Presentations
What Employers Need to Know about Medical Related Accommodations and Leave: A Practical Application of the ADA, FMLA and Washington Disability and Medical Leave Laws, Presented by Gordon & Rees, Seattle Office Employment Law Group, October 2014 (Seattle, WA)
Employment Law Update: The Top Seven Reasons Your Clients Will Call You, with Answers!, The Joint Conference of the Alaska, Canada, and Washington Defense Bar Associations (July 2014)
Seattle Employment Law Symposium: The Impact of New Federal and Local Laws on Employers and Businesses, March 2014 (Seattle, WA)
Richard B. Sanders, Jacob Zahniser, and Derek Bishop¸ If the Criminal Law Don’t Fit, Civilly Commit, in IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE 131 (Timothy Lynch, ed. 2009).
Derek A. Bishop, No Harm No Foul: Limits on Damages Awards for Individuals Subject to a Data Breach, 4 Shidler J. L. Com. & Tech. 12 (2008).
Derek A. Bishop, To Serve AND Protect: Do Businesses Have a Legal Duty to Protect Collections of Personal Information?, 3 Shidler J. L. Com. & Tech. 7 (2006).
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
State Bar of Washington
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
J.D., University of Washington, 2007
B.A., Social Sciences, University of Washington, 2003
Rising Stars® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation: Defense and Civil Litigation: Defense (2011-2017, Law & Politics)