David M. Bishop
David Bishop joined Mullen & Filippi as an Associate Attorney at the Fresno office in 2020. He represents employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administration in workers’ compensation claims and related matters. David also handles Labor Code Section 132a cases as well as Serious and Willful Misconduct claims for carriers and employers. David has experience in intellectual property law, civil law, and California workers’ compensation law. He began concentrating on California workers’ compensation in 2016.
David achieved his Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Intellectual Property from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2014. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. David was an undergraduate researcher in the Jacobsen Lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, for approximately two years. His area of study included methyl binding domain proteins, DNA methylation, and gene silencing in the Arabidopsis thaliana.
David was admitted to the California State Bar in 2015. He previously served on the Board for the Fresno Industrial Claims Association.
As an attorney, I enjoy the challenge of approaching each unique claim and working with my colleagues and clients to brainstorm creative ways to attack an issue. I bring a unique perspective to workers’ compensation as I used to be an applicant attorney. As such, I am aware of some of the issues applicant attorneys deal with in handling injured workers. Moreover, my background in molecular biology allows me to understand uncommon claims, read and understand scientific papers in an effort to strengthen our position, and call into question scientific research PQMEs use to support their opinions if the study does not substantiate their opinion.
If I was not an attorney, I would likely be in research. My time working in the Jacobsen Lab during my undergraduate years taught me that hard work pays off. The majority of experiments have to be repeated multiple times. Working in the lab taught me that tenacity and hard work helps increase both my technical abilities and knowledge in any area that I apply myself. I have brought the same tenacity and work ethic to everything required of an attorney. In my spare time, I spend time with my wife, my son, and my two dogs. I am an avid sports fan and follow all UCLA athletics, the San Francisco Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers. When I was growing up, my family exposed me to nature through camping, hunting, and fishing; I still enjoy these activities to this day.