Brant Bishop is a founding member and managing partner of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. For over two decades, he has successfully handled complex and multi-forum litigation for clients in pre-trial, class certification, trial, and appellate contexts, before state and federal courts and arbitration panels. Brant’s broad litigation experience includes commercial disputes, international tort claims, civil RICO claims, securities and shareholder suits, antitrust disputes, energy contract disputes, products liability claims, environmental litigation and whistleblower, discrimination, and retaliation charges. Before founding the firm, Brant was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, DC.
Some of Brant’s notable matters before founding Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz include:
- Lead counsel for MAXIMUS Inc. and corporate officers sued for securities fraud in the Eastern District of Virginia based on allegations that the company and executives made a series of false or misleading statements on earnings calls and in SEC filings concerning MAXIMUS’s performance on a major contract with the British government. Brant secured complete dismissal of all claims.
- Lead counsel in briefing Georgia-Pacific’s summary judgment briefing in a multi-billion-dollar class action in Chicago federal court alleging Sherman Act violations by the largest manufacturers in the containerboard and corrugated products industries. The court granted summary judgment for Georgia-Pacific one day after it preliminarily approved a settlement in which the company’s co-defendants agreed to pay over $350 million.
- Counsel for the NCAA in antitrust lawsuits brought by current and former student-athletes challenging NCAA “amateurism” rules limiting the level of athletics-based financial aid and benefits that student-athletes may receive.
- Counsel for Facebook, Oculus VR, and individual defendants in federal suit brought in Dallas, Texas by ZeniMax Media Inc. alleging that the defendants improperly used ZeniMax trade secrets and other intellectual property in designing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The WW+E team obtained a defense verdict for Facebook and a partial defense verdict for the remaining defendants, including the jury’s rejection of plaintiffs’ lead claim of trade secret misappropriation.
- Defense of clients Siemens and OSRAM, as well as over 90 co-defendants, sued by the Republic of Iraq for tens of billions of dollars based on the Hussein Regime’s corruption of the Oil-for-Food Program; Brant argued the case on behalf of the defense group in both the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, securing the dismissal of all claims under RICO and other theories.
- Defense of Facebook, Inc. and company officers and directors sued in multiple federal and state courts (including proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation) in shareholder class actions and derivative lawsuits challenging the conduct of Facebook’s IPO.
- Defense of Siemens AG against RICO claims in the Southern District of New York by Petróleos Mexicanos and Pemex-Refinanción alleging corruption related to a Mexican refinery modernization project; Brant secured the dismissal of the claims in the Southern District of New York and successfully argued the appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Defense of ConocoPhillips against claims brought in state and federal courts in the United States by over 100 Norwegian platform workers and their families alleging injury from exposure to toxic substances; after forum battles and serial re-filings by the plaintiffs, Brant secured a rare forum non conveniens dismissal in Delaware state court, the defendant’s state of incorporation.
- Defense of Siemens AG, sued in 2007 shareholder derivative action in New York state court relating to investigations into corporate corruption, and in 2009 shareholder securities fraud suit against company and its CEO and CFO, alleging misstatements related to company prospects and accounting for long-term projects; Brant secured dismissal of all claims.
- Defense of Phillips 66 in purported class actions based on alleged contamination of land and groundwater near pipelines and refineries; after class of landowners was certified by the district court over the objection of other counsel, Brant joined the case and on appeal secured the complete reversal of the class certification order.
- Defense of Nationwide Insurance companies against claims by agents alleging race discrimination, insurance code violations and breach of contract in Harris County, Texas state court and federal court in North Carolina; Brant secured summary judgment against several claims and in both cases plaintiffs acceded to eve-of-trial nuisance settlement offers.
- On a pro bono basis, and in cooperation with Lawyers Without Borders, Brant and a contingent of judges and other lawyers were hosted by Ghana’s Chief Justice to provide litigation training to Ghana’s lower court judges.
Clients & Industries
Brant has represented large corporations with a national and international presence, in industries ranging from the Internet to energy, oil and gas, finance, high technology, insurance and transportation. His clients have included ConocoPhillips, Facebook, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Insurance, OSRAM, Siemens, and Volkswagen, among others. In addition to handling high-profile complex cases covered extensively in the media, Brant has also conducted confidential internal investigations for clients.
In addition to his legal work, Brant helped to found, and has served on the board of directors of, two educational not-for-profit organizations. He has also served on the board of Mentors International, a not-for-profit organization that provides microfinance and mentoring programs as a long-term path out of poverty for clients in the Philippines, Latin America, and Ghana.
- Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, B.A./M.A. magna cum laude with University Honors in Public Policy; Political Science valedictorian.
- Law: Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude.
- Judge Paul V. Niemeyer, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.