Susan E. Bishop


Business Litigation; Employment Law; Employment Litigation

Ms. Bishop’s litigation practice includes working with management of public and private corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues, including employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  She represents clients before State and Federal Courts, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Labor Commissioner, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Much of her time currently is spent defending individual and class actions alleging meal and rest break violations, off-the-clock claims, unpaid overtime, inaccurate wage statements, and alleged PAGA violations.

Ms. Bishop advises clients in a wide range of industries, including high tech, franchisees, general contractors and subcontractors, homeowners associations, physicians and medical professionals, produce companies, restaurants, beauty salons, sanitation, senior living, and temporary help agencies.

During law school she was a Judicial Extern for Justice Jerome Smith.

Representative Cases

  • Defeated motion for class certification in federal court
  • Summarily defended claim of racial discrimination by former employee of restaurant
  • Successfully defended employer accused of sexual harassment at arbitration
  • Successfully appealed administrative ruling finding employees improperly classified as independent contractors
  • After significantly narrowing class issues, successfully resolved wage and hour class action after mediation

Professional Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • All California state courts
  • United States District Court, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
  • California Court of Appeal


  • “Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response,” (AB 1825) various companies
  • “New Law Updates,” annually
  • “Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make,” various business leaders
  • Speaker at HR West National Conference, 2014-2017


  •, “Auditors Crack Down on Independent Contractors,” quoted


  • State Bar of California
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Committee, Former President; Barristers, Former Chair
  • Santa Clara University School of Law Alumni, Board member


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1996
    • Honors Appellate Moot Court
    • Galloway Moot Court Competition Coordinator
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Law and Society, 1993


  • Born and raised in San Jose, California
  • Married, three children (including twins)
  • Interests include San Francisco Giants, dancing and swimming

Attorney Articles

Assessing Employment Risks—Do I really need an Employment Law Audit?

Employer Alert: New San Francisco Law Requires Fully Paid Parental Leave

Berliner Cohen’s Guide to California’s Minimum Wages as of 2016

Labor Enforcement Task Force Visits – What Are Employer Rights?

Employer Alert: New San Francisco Law Requires Fully Paid Parental Leave

Employer Alert: Time to Update Your Harassment Prevention Policy

Employer Alert: Department of Labor to Revise Federal Overtime Regulations

Employer Alert: CA Labor Commissioner Finds Uber Drivers Misclassified as Independent Contractors

Employer Alert: Is Your Request for Medical Cert Setting You Up for a Discrimination Lawsuit?

California Employers Focus on Planning, Policies and Practices in 2014

Employment Law Alert - Supreme Court Rules Health Care Act Constitutional


Susan Bishop Named Partner at Berliner Cohen

Susan Bishop, Litigation Attorney, Joins Berliner Cohen

Launch Your Employment Law Audit Today


New Year, New Challenges: Join Us for Our Annual Employment Law Update!

Partners Christine Long and Susan Bishop Present at 2017 HR WEST

2017 California Law Update Session - East Bay

2017 California Law Update Session - San Jose

2017 California Law Update Session - Modesto

2017 California Law Update Session - Merced

Lunch & Learn: How to Legally and Effectively Conduct Internal Workplace Investigations

Berliner Cohen Sponsors San Jose Woman’s Club HomeFirst Fundraiser

Partner Susan Bishop CRA Panelist at the Western Foodservice Expo

Partners Christine Long and Susan Bishop Present at 2016 HR West

Berliner Cohen LLP Sponsors San Jose Woman’s Club Opera with the Stars Luncheon

2016 California Law Update Session - Modesto

2016 California Law Update Session - Merced

2016 California Law Update Session - San Jose

2015 Year-End AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - San Jose

Berliner Cohen Presents at 2015 HR West

Berliner Cohen Seminar in San Jose: What’s In Your Future? Employment Law 2014 and Beyond

2013 California Employer Update in San Jose - Is Your Workplace Ready for 2013?