Randy Bishop maintains a civil practice limited to life, health and disability insurance bad faith claims, in Billings, Montana.
Randy has been listed in The Best Lawyers In America each year since 1993 and in the Mountain States Super Lawyers since 2008. Randy was featured in multiple articles in the National Law Journal, Lawyer’s Weekly and numerous national newspapers as a result of his innovative work in Weaver v. Delta Airlines Inc., where he obtained summary judgment establishing that post-traumatic stress disorder was a physical injury. At trial, the jury awarded Weaver compensation for PTSD totaling $1.25 million dollars. He also holds the record for the largest verdict in an infant death case in Montana with a jury verdict for $10.4 million in Malcolm v. Evenflo, Inc., a case in which a dangerously defective child safety seat failed, causing the death of a 4 month-old infant.
Throughout his career, Randy’s primary focus has been upon representing consumers harmed by insurance bad faith and he has successfully concluded cases involving wrongful denial of life and disability insurance claims against many of the nation’s largest disability and life insurers, including CIGNA, UNUM/Provident, Paul Revere (pre-merger), Northwestern Mutual Life, Standard, Monumental General and Life Investors.
Randy has served as a member of Montana’s Supreme Court Commission on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions since its inception in 1985 and was appointed by the Montana Supreme Court as one of two lawyer representatives on Montana’s Judicial Nomination Commission, a position he held for eight years. He is a sustaining member of the Montana Trial Lawyer’s Association, which he has served as a Board member and as President. MTLA has honored Randy with both its Public Service and Appellate Advocacy Awards.
Randy was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Montana School of law, with honors, in1977. He maintained an active civil trial and appellate practice in Billings with the law firm Jarussi & Bishop until recently, when his friend and partner, Gene Jarussi, retired from active practice. An avid skier, whitewater river runner and Mariners fan, Randy also enjoys scuba diving, shooting sports and just about every sort of family activity.
Randy is designated as Of Counsel to the trial law firm of Friedman Rubin.