The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday disbarred Lawrence attorney Stephen R. Robinson after he self-reported in 2010 that he co-mingled a client’s funds for a patent application with his personal account.
According to an order released Friday, Robinson was already suspended in October 2009 for failing to fulfill continuing legal education requirements and failing to pay fees. In April 2010, Robinson self-reported spending about $2,400 for personal use after a client paid him to file a patent prosecution document before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and to cover his fee from the work.
Robinson had said he would be working with the client on filing the document, but he failed to provide the state’s disciplinary administrator with proof he completed the patenting document for which he was paid $2,400, according to the Supreme Court decision.
Robinson did not attend his hearing before the Supreme Court, and he also told state officials throughout the disciplinary process he intended to surrender his license to practice, although he did not complete the paperwork.