Robert W. "Joe" Bishop
Robert W. "Joe" Bishop, the president and founder of Bishop Korus Friend, P.S.C., has focused his practice in recent years on employment law, contracts, and class action litigation. The firm has worked on numerous employment cases and class actions, including antitrust, securities, personal injury, products liability, consumer protection, ERISA, wage and hour, and civil rights cases. Mr. Bishop is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He also has been annually selected repeatedly to the Kentucky Super Lawyers List.
Mr. Bishop was born in Atlanta, Georgia into a military family originally from Kentucky, with whom he traveled to U.S. bases in the Philippines, England, and the Washington, D.C. area, before returning to Arlington, Virginia where Joe graduated from high school. He attended Duke University, the National Law Center at George Washington University, and the University of Kentucky, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the College of Law, graduating Order of the Coif.
He began practicing law in 1976 at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland Joe returned to Kentucky in 1980 to work on an antitrust case in which his firm represented the Jefferson County Board of Education as lead counsel for governmental entities. Mr. Bishop was Chairman of the Federal Practice Section of the Louisville Bar Association. He has been lead counsel in many noteworthy cases, with verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of joined plaintiffs, individual plaintiffs, and both opt-in and opt-out plaintiffs in class actions.
Joe Bishop is admitted to U.S. District Courts in Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas, the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Kentucky and Louisville bar associations, and has been active in the city as a coach and as a board member of the Louisville Central Community Centers. His enjoyment of watching, playing, and coaching soccer led Mr. Bishop to become one of the original founders and owners of the Louisville Thunder Professional Indoor Soccer Team.
University of Kentucky College of Law: J.D.
George Washington University National Law Center, Wash., D.C.
University of Kentucky: B.A., High Distinction; Dean’s List; Phi Beta Kappa
Duke University: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity; Letter in Soccer
Yorktown High School, Arlington, Va.: Letters in various sports; National Honor Society;
Captain Tennis Team
Wallop Boys’ School, Surrey, England
Professional & Civic Memberships
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Past Chairman, Federal Practice Section, Louisville Bar Association
Former Board Member, Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc.
Founder, Owner, and Director, Louisville Thunder Professional Indoor Soccer Team
Officer and Director, Greater Louisville Soccer League
Honors & Awards
Life Member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Kentucky Super Lawyers List
Order of the Coif
Phi Beta Kappa
Who’s Who in American Law
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Tyler Z. Korus, Attorney
Tyler Korus is an attorney and shareholder of Bishop Korus Friend, P.S.C. The majority of Tyler's practice is devoted to protecting the civil rights of employees. Tyler has litigated on behalf of employees for civil rights violations, wrongful terminations, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, discrimination, and retaliation, to name a few. He also has experience reviewing and drafting employment agreements, severance agreements, and corporate transactional documents, such as stock purchase, buy-sell, and operating agreements.
In early 2015, Tyler became a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum for serving as co-lead class counsel in a race discrimination case. Tyler and his partners, Joe Bishop and John Friend, secured a settlement for the class of more than one million dollars.
Tyler has also represented individuals and commercial clients in multi-state anti-trust and consumer protection class action suits.
J.D., Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Brandeis Scholar, cum laude, 2013
BA, Business Administration - Entrepreneurship, Washington State University, 2010
Tyler graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He was in the top 10% of his graduating class and was recognized as a Brandeis Scholar. While in law school, Tyler clerked for two years at an insurance defense firm and was selected to compete in the Kaufmann Memorial Securities Moot Court Competition in New York City. While in law school, Tyler also served on the Student Bar Association, and volunteered his time with the Student Bar Foundation.
Originally from Washington State, Tyler moved to Kentucky prior to attending law school and never looked back. Tyler still has an affinity for his Washington sports teams (Mariners, Seahawks, Cougars), but has accepted college basketball into his heart and soul.
In his spare moments, Tyler enjoys golf, tennis, and spending time with his family. He also regularly volunteers his time to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of the Bluegrass, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate, i.e., a community-based volunteer, appointed by a judge to serve in child abuse and neglect cases.
John S. Friend
John Friend is a director and shareholder of Bishop Korus Friend, P.S.C. John's practice is split between class actions and employment law. In his class action work, John has litigated on behalf of individual consumers in consumer protection actions and small businesses seeking redress for a multi-state contract breaches. John has also litigated classes on behalf of employees who were not paid full wages pursuant to law, employees who were subjected to systematic civil rights violations, and employees who were exposed to dangerous working conditions.
John has litigated on behalf of individual employees for civil rights violations, wrongful terminations, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour law violations.
John has also protected the rights of consumers who were being harassed by debt collectors, consumers who were defrauded by car dealerships, and consumers who were being illegally auto-dialed.
In early 2015 John became a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for serving as co-lead class counsel in a race discrimination case. John and his law partners, Joe Bishop and Tyler Korus, secured a settlement for the class in excess of one million dollars.
J.D., Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, cum laude, 2012
BA, Anthropology - University of Kentucky, 2009
John graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. While in law school, John taught constitutional law in the Law and Government Magnet program at Central High School, worked as a clerk for the Hon. McKay Chauvin, and externed for the Commonwealth Attorney's Office.
John is a proud native of Pike County, and has strong Eastern Kentucky roots. John's family also has a strong tradition of advocating for Kentucky's citizens in courts of law; John followed his mother, brother, and several cousins into the practice of law.
When he isn't working, John enjoys weightlifting, kickboxing, and is always up to play pickup basketball.