Posted by SC
I retained Mr. Bishop for a license defense case, in which I was denied licensure by a governing agency for having 2 alcohol-related misdemeanors and several application errors. My case was somewhat complex and I knew the risk of getting an unfavorable outcome, which is precisely what happened. However, I want to emphasize that the negative outcome in my case is NOT considered a factor in this review. My review is solely based on a number of circumstances that occurred during the appeal and administrative hearing process. First, I was asked to submit a number of character reference letters from friends, family and colleagues. I gave these letters to Mr. Bishop to review, only to later find there was a major error in one of the letters, which would later be held against me by the administrative law judge. I’d expect an attorney to be privy to these smaller details and catch such mistakes - one of the many reasons one might retain an attorney in the first place. While the error on my character letter didnt shape the outcome of my case by any means, it didn’t help either. Unlike in criminal law where the standard is ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’, I had to present evidence that was more credible and convincing than that of the governing agency. Thus, the error on my character letter hurt my chances to satisfy the burden of proof as it only helped support the side of the governing agency.
Second, I found Mr. Bishop to be largely unresponsive to my emails and calls. Whether this is because he was working on multiple cases at the time, dealing with personal issues, or never truly believed my case would reach a positive outcome, is irrelevant. As a client paying a large sum of money at a time when my livelihood is in jeopardy, I’d expect at least some level of responsiveness. It is important to note that my attempts to contact Mr. Bishop were appropriate and not excessive. Lastly, and most importantly, after receiving news that the denial for licensure was upheld, I was devastated. In such a situation, I would expect my attorney would have some level of consideration to at least reach out to me to discuss the circumstances leading to this unfavorable outcome. However, I was never contacted by Mr. Bishop. Instead, I was contacted by another attorney at the firm who informed me that she would be taking over my case as ’post-decision’ attorney and guide me through the appeals process and Petition for Reconsideration. While this was all fine and I actually preferred working with this other attorney anyway, I would think Mr. Bishop would have the common courtesy to at least discuss the outcome and any possible next steps.
With all this being said, these are some of the grievances I have in working with Mr. Bishop. Mr. Bishop never exhibited any level of interest or effort that would be needed to fight for me and my ability to get a license. As an individual paying a large fee for his services, I’d expect a certain amount of attention to my case and effort. Conversely, I do believe Mr. Bishop has some positive qualities. After initially consulting with many attorneys, Mr. Bishop appeared to have more knowledge and relevant experience related to license-defense, which, after having going through the process, is absolutely necessary in order to navigate all of the complexities that come with these cases.
Posted by Jeff
I've approached John on multiple occasions for licensure questions in my various ventures (as well as friends). He has always been very approachable and available to answer my questions. A true professional. Reasonable, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. Don't hesitate to engage him as your attorney.
Posted by phillip
I was denied my insurance license and i reached out to John to help me fight the Ca Insurance Department. He was professional, affordable, and a good lawyer. He won my appeal and I was granted my license.
Posted by Danielle
I washing through one of the most difficult situations professionally. I had previous counsel that I was hesitant about. I contacted Attorney Bishop, went in to meet with him and the rest is history. I hired attorney Bishop to defend me. Attorney Bishop was thorough and gave me hope. Attorney Bishop worked really hard and My Case Was Dismissed by the BRN. I am thankful that I had AttorneyBishop believe in me and represent me. You will not find a harder working attorney that will make it his mission to get you the best outcome possible for your situation. Attorney Bishop saved my professional career and I would recommend that all nurses seek him out and hire him if you want the best outcome for your case with the BRN. No words can express the level of gratitude that I Fee!! He is simply the best!
Posted by Nick
I am extremely thankful to have been referred to John Bishop. He worked diligently and effectively in getting my CA insurance license back. He work ethic and integrity makes me feel that there are great attorneys out there!
Posted by anonymous
John did a great job on my case. I was extremely concerned about losing my license due to a few misdemeanor convictions but, John assured me that I would only have a restricted license and that I would not lose my career over this. He helped write a letter to the department of insurance for me. John is a very ethical attorney and will explain everything in detail to you. He will do whatever it takes to help you keep your license. I would highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous
I was going through the appeal process with the Dept of insurance for 16 months. I had a different lawyer prior to Mr. Bishop, that was sitting on my case. I was unhappy with my experience with this previous lawyer so I started to explore other legal representation. I was recommended by a third party, who had a successful experience with Mr. Bishop. My hearing was literally 30 days away and I contacted Mr. Bishop and explained my complex case. He and his staff were motivated to take on my case and made my experience very easy and simplistic for the short amount of time. Mr. Bishop was well prepared for the case and walked me through the court process, which
de escalated my stress. I felt more confident with Mr. Bishop guidance and game plan for my case, versus the last 16 months. My case was successful due to Mr. Bishop professionalism, preparation and execution. I also would like to acknowledge the staff which exceeded my expectations. Mr. Bishop and staff was always respectful, serviceable and prompt. I am so thankful I made the choice to go with Mr. Bishop but more grateful he took on my case in a short amount of time. I understand what the process is all about and emotions that go with it. But I would always recommend Mr. Bishop to make that process a little easier for you and ultimately for you to receive the best results. Thanks Mr. Bishop and Staff for a great experience.
Posted by anonymous
John Bishop helped me pursue my dream of becoming a licensed physician in the state of California. Years ago I was stopped and cited for being in the possession of Marijuana. I plead PC1000 and my life came crashing down. But I still pursued my dream of becoming a doctor. I was an RN before medical school and the nursing board revoked my license for this charge. While I was finishing medical school I found John Bishop while scrolling the internet. My first two lawyers did not get me good results and my fears were so intense that never truly believed that I would get my PTAL. Mostly because the RN board in California already disciplined me.
Mr Bishop charged me one fee with the promise to help me get my RN license back and ultimately get my PTAL so I can start residency. I have dealt with lawyers in the past and it was not pleasant. They wouldn't return my calls for days and when they did, every phone call was a fee or every week I gave more money. But John was different. He met with me face to face to discuss matters that I needed to address, he actually answered my phone calls or returned my calls promptly. You could tell that he had great experience with the board and gave me the right advice when I wasn't thinking rationally.
Once I matched in my dream residency my PTAL was still in limbo. I was at my peak stress level and scared that my dream was about to be shattered. Mr Bishop took the liberty to contact my program director on my behalf and inform him of the situation I was in. He gave him weekly updates which everyone deeply appreciated. He calmed the situation down between all parties. He has a way with people and is very matter of fact. He actually cares about the well being of his clients and has a deep understanding for the fears that people not involved in law may have when going through these processes.
His office staff is highly professional and helpful. I must have bothered them so much once I matched but they never were rude or sounded tired of my calls. John stuck to his word and had a GREAT rapport with the Medical Board of California. He urged me never to email my analyst even when I was dying to email them. I listened to every word he said and I GOT MY PTAL! It was the best feeling, I can't even describe it.
I am so grateful for John Bishop and his office for helping me. Even though I know I was just another case, some how I felt like the ONLY case at times. Every one at the office knew me and I felt like they actually cared. I would highly recommend this gentlemen for anyone who is dealing with professional license issues. The system comes down hard on us professionals and often we are only given one chance. But Mr. Bishop gave me that second chance! Other lawyer may achieve good results but The office of Ray & Bishop are professional, compassionate and respect the feelings of their clients. We work so hard to do good for society as professionals and it can be taken away for a momentary lapse of judgement. You can trust Mr Bishop to achieve greatness and get the results you deserve. Thanks again!!
Posted by anonymous
After being involved in a Medicare scheme case with an old employer and getting a FEDERAL FELONY due to it I thought I would lose my nursing license for sure. After hearing stories and reading articles of how easy it is to lose your license in the state of CA I thought, "Ok if I get a felony then I've got to work like hell to keep my license" Of course when you start looking for a lawyer you want one with decades of experience and expertise. Well, don't let John's age or years of experience fool you. You'll think to yourself "What's 5 years compared to 20+ years?" But, he is very knowledgeable in his line of work and is very reasonable with his fees so you don't burn a hole in your pocket. (I've consulted with many other licensing lawyers and their fees were astronomical). In my case I was very fortunate since he mainly deals with healthcare and knows the ins and outs of the Nursing Boards. He knows what they want and expect from you as a licensee and the steps to keep and save your license. Throughout the whole process I just thought worst case scenario that I would lose it. But his calming demeanor and reassurance made me feel so much better. Of course he can never promise or guarantee things but with his expertise he will work with the boards to get the best outcome possible. With John's expertise he was able to get me 3 years probation and after I successfully complete that I will have a clear license. With a federal felony, what's a better outcome than that? I would wake up every morning stressed out thinking about how I would provide for my family since nursing is my livelihood. Now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally breathe. Because of John I am able to keep doing what I love and keep my job. There isn't enough thank you's in the world for what he has done for me and my family. So thank you a million times John. I'll never forget what you've done for me. I'd also like to add, it wasn't hard at all for me to refer a fellow nurse to him..my outcome spoke for it all. That's how good he is. So if you're thinking about hiring him, don't second guess! Take my word for it, you won't regret it.
Posted by Hovannes Bagdasarian
If you need a lawyer for your State license I highly recommend John. He can work miracles. I had a felony conviction and the state was trying to take my license away. I spoke to many attorneys before I called john and all of them told me I had no chance of keeping my license. Thank god I found John. I have dealt with attorneys before but John is the best in every way. He actually takes his time to talk to you unlike other attorneys where once they take your money rush you off the phone and don't answer your phone calls anymore. He is the most knowledgeable and professional attorney I have ever dealt with. there was two of us on the same felony case the other person got his license taken away by the state because he didn't hire John. Thank god I hired john and I got to keep my license. As long as I live I will never forget what John did for me. My life would have turned upside down and I would have lost my license which I have more then 16 years if it wasn't for John. The way he carries himself in the courtroom and the respect he gets is unbelievable.. So if you find yourself in a situation where you need to save your license and livelihood without a doubt hire John he will work miracles. The other guy that didn't hire John got lost his license is regretting every day. John I want to thank you again and wish you the best in life. Always know that you have saved me and you will live in my memories forever. I will forever be grateful to you and God bless you. If I could give you 10 stars I would.