Former professional bull rider’s injuries prompt legal career
The importance of good health care inspired a former professional bull rider to become a workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer.
It was a bull-riding experience gone wrong that led Joseph C. Biscone to a career in law. Biscone, a native of New York, was injured as a rodeo performer. The extent of his injuries led to months of recovery and rehabilitation.
“During Joe’s rodeo days, he suffered three broken noses, a split lip, broken wrist and torn shoulder,” Biscone’s executive legal assistant Janis Montgomery said. “He took a break from competing when he started law school and picked up bull riding again when he was in his 30s.”
He called it quits when a bull stepped on him repeatedly, causing 13 rib fractures and a broken foot.
Biscone has been practicing law for more than 40 years and is now a managing partner of Johnson & Biscone in downtown Oklahoma City.
“He applied to law schools across the country, including Oklahoma City University, because the national rodeo finals were in Oklahoma,” Montgomery said. “He stopped bull riding when he started law school and quit for good after a major injury when he was 40 years old.”
He has become a respected workers’ compensation and personal injuries attorney in Oklahoma, focused on helping people who have had injuries similar to his own.
“We recently helped a young man who was paralyzed after a stack of hay bales collapsed on him, severing his spine,” Biscone said. “The case took four years of hard work, but it was such a joy to help our client get the compensation needed to make his life easier.”
Aside from assisting his client from a legal standpoint, Biscone helped him remodel his home.
“We helped him get his house redone, including installing wheelchair ramps, remodeling the bathrooms and widening hallways,” Biscone said. “We were also able to help the young man get a wheelchair-accessible van so he can get to the doctor’s office easily.”
Biscone is known among friends and colleagues as the “cowboy attorney,” said Montgomery, who has worked with him for 30 years. She said Biscone got the endearing label because he always wears a cowboy hat and boots to work with his suit.
“In the courtroom, judges and his peers have reserved a special corner for his hat,” Montgomery said.
Biscone’s son and daughter now work side by side with him. His daughter, Emily Biscone, has worked for 15 years as a partner at her father’s downtown firm.
Her primary focus is on workers’ compensation and social security disability cases.
Emily Biscone has followed in her father’s footsteps and said she has developed a strong reputa- tion as a litigator and advocate for injured workers.
Her brother, Joseph J. Biscone, is also a worker’s compensation and personal injury attorney at their father’s firm. He joined the team after he graduated law school at Oklahoma City University in 2015.
“Joseph is highly involved in community service and serves as a board member with the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division,” Montgomery said.
Despite recently celebrating his 67th birthday, the eldest Biscone has no immediate plans to retire.
“Don’t let his age fool you ... his tenacity and advocacy grows for the injured workers of Oklahoma,” Montgomery said.
For Biscone, it’s his work outside the courtroom — such as helping the young paralyzed client get a wheelchairaccessible van — that gives him the most satisfaction.
“When I saw the van parked outside our office, I thought, ‘Wow, we finally got this accomplished; we did it,’” Biscone said. “This is why I do what I do: we get people who are seriously hurt the help they need, and this is why I wake up every morning.”
We recently helped a young man who was paralyzed after a stack of hay bales collapsed on him, severing his spine. The case took four years of hard work, but it was such a joy to help our client get the compensation needed to make his life easier.” Attorney Joe Biscone
Joseph is highly involved in community service and serves as a board member with the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division.” Janis Montgomery,
Biscone’s executive legal assistant
Attorney Joe Biscone, center, with his son and daughter, attorneys James and Emily Biscone, are shown in their law office in downtown Oklahoma City.
Attorney Joe Biscone sits in his downtown law office in Oklahoma City.