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I have over 20 years of experience litigating all forms of commercial and criminal disputes.  I specialize in insurance coverage, real estate, intellectual property, and white collar criminal defense. 


For the first ten years of my career, I worked in San Diego at one of the world's largest law firms, Latham & Watkins.  I left the partnership in early 2001 to become a federal criminal prosecutor.  I secured criminal convictions in all 20 of my jury trials and was never overturned on appeal.  I have run my own law firm since 2004.  I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for the highest standards in legal professionalism and competence.


I am the reigning United States Internet Backgammon Champion, and the Captain of the United States team in world championship competition.  I am also an expert bridge and poker player.  The reasoning skills that I have gained from those pursuits help me formulate winning and cost-effective strategies for my clients.






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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    13 years, 50 cases
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    16 years, 10 cases
  3. White Collar Crime: 25%
    16 years, 20 cases
  4. Insurance: 25%
    25 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($345-495/hour)

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  • Daniel Alex Andrist

    It is my privilege to endorse attorney Dorn Bishop, whom I have known for several years as a dedicated practitioner in the field of insurance law. Dorn is one of my top "go-to" attorneys when complex insurance issues call for expert consultation. I am proud to be associated with this exceptional legal professional.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Dorn G. Bishop, APC

4660 La Jolla Village Drive
Suite 500
San Diego, CA, 92122


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer (Insurance Coverage)Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top Insurance AttorneySan Diego Metro Magazine2012
Top Insurance AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2012
Top Insurance AttorneySan Diego Metro Magazine2011
Top Attorney (Insurance Coverage)San Diego Daily Transcript2011
AV Rated for Highest Standard of Professionalism and CompetenceMartindale Hubbell2009
Semi-Finalist for San Diego Top Attorneys, Criminal DefenseSan Diego Daily Transcript2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Law Offices of Dorn G. Bishop, APC2004 - Present
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal DivisionUnited States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of California2001 - 2003
PartnerLatham & Watkins LLP1990 - 2001
Judicial ClerkUnited States District Court to the Hon. Jay C. Waldman1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Association of Business Trial LawyersMember2004 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith SectionChair1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Montrose Chemical Corporation v. Admiral Insurance CompanyLandmark Victory for California Policyholders
Montrose Chemical Corporation v. Admiral Insurance CompanyLandmark Victory for California Policyholders
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Diego Union-TribunePaying the President's Legal Bills1997
San Diego Business JournalBeware of Insurance Carriers Bearing Generous Gifts1997
San Diego Union-TribuneCoastal Commission Once Again Flunks Test on Individual Rights1997
Environmental Claims JournalA First-Hand Look at Third-Party Trigger and Known Loss Issues in Montrose v. Admiral1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Dartmouth CollegeN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lorman Insurance Coverage SeminarsIndependent Counsel Issues, Equitable Subrogation and Indemnity1998