Daphne Pierre Bishop has represented companies with California workforces for nearly two decades. Her experience advising and defending small to Fortune 500 companies in all types of industries against the gamut of employment-related claims offers her a unique advantage in assisting companies prevent, investigate and resolve employee and institutional misconduct.
Bishop’s litigation experience ranges from defending companies against claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and other employment-related claims, such as wrongful termination, breach of contract, and whistle-blowing. She has also defended employers in class action lawsuits alleging violations of wage and hour laws, payment of wages, meal and rest breaks, and commission chargebacks. Bishop also has extensive experience working closely with companies to help them avoid litigation, including providing advice on employment issues ranging from discipline to leaves of absence.
Combining her litigation and counseling experience, Bishop’s practice now focuses on providing internal investigation services as a neutral third party investigator or a strategic advisor. When conducting investigations, Bishop is discreet and diplomatic in her evaluation and assessment of both employer and employee conduct. Upon her completion of her prompt and thorough investigation, she prepares an independent, unbiased, and comprehensive report of her findings so that companies can make well-informed decisions on how to proceed. Clients rely on Bishop’s extensive litigation experience to ensure that should a claim arise out of an investigation, they are well positioned to minimize their overall legal risk.
Areas of Practice
Workplace Solutions, Advice and Training
Wrongful Termination and Workplace Tort Litigation
Wage and Hour Issues
UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2001
Yale College, B.A., 1997
"6 Tips for Minimizing Holiday Party Liability," California Employment Law Letter, December 7, 2015
"Nonsignatory Employer Allowed to Enforce Arbitration Agreement," California Employment Law Letter, January 11, 2016
"Workplace Investigations Gone Wrong: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls That Expose Employers to Liability," Panelist, CDF Webinar, May 2019
“Workplace Investigations in the #MeToo Era,” Burbank/Glendale Chapter of PHIRA, April 2019
“Work After Weinstein: The #MeToo Movement's Impact on Workplace Investigations Co-Presenter," CDF Webinar Series, March 2018
"DFEH Guidelines: Latest Regulations & Guidance for Employers," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, September 2017
"Special Considerations for Electronic Discovery in Employment Cases," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter, Los Angeles, November 10, 2010
"Tackling Tough Wage and Hour Issues," Ogletree Deakins Seminar, November 4, 2010
State Bar of California (Labor & Employment Section), 2001 - present
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section), 2001 - present
Member, Association of Workplace Investigators, 2018 - present
Black Women Lawyers, 2010 - present
Langston Bar Association (Business Section), 2001 - 2005
Listed, Southern California Rising Star, 2009, 2011, 2012
Listed, Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California, Rising Star, 2012
Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, 2002 & 2003
Bishop is deeply committed to pro bono and community service. From 2010-2015 Bishop served on the Board of Directors of WISH Charter Community Schools, an independent charter based on a model of inclusion. Through her work with the Alliance for Children's Rights, Bishop has helped unite children in need with legal guardians. Bishop also worked extensively to free a grandmother who had spent more than two decades in prison for the alleged murder-for-hire of her abusive husband through the California Women's Law Center's Habeas Project. Bishop was awarded the Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services in 2002 and 2003.