The attorneys and staff of Fleeson Gooing mourn the loss of our friend and colleague Steve Robison, who passed away on April 13, 2020, following a short battle with cancer.
Steve was born in Topeka, Kansas, on September 29, 1947. He graduated from Emporia State University in 1969 and, before going to law school, worked as a high school history teacher. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas in 1975 and began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County. In 1979 he left the DA’s office to become a founding member of the Wichita firm of Joseph, Robison and Anderson.
In 1992, Joseph, Robison and Anderson merged with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch. At Fleeson Gooing, Steve handled some of the firm’s most complex litigation, in areas such as condemnation, white collar criminal defense, government contracts, and antitrust. He was a highly skilled litigator whose reputation extended beyond Kansas.
In 2002 Steve was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Attorneys, a preeminent invitation-only organization made up of exceptional trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds from the United States and Canada. He was listed in both The Best Lawyers In America and Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court to sit on the Kansas Judicial Council for four consecutive four-year terms ending in 2019, and served for many years as a director of the Wichita Crime Commission.
Within Fleeson Gooing, Steve had a guiding hand in the direction of the firm for many years, serving on its Executive Committee and as its Financial Partner. He was also a mentor to younger attorneys, providing both substantive knowledge and wisdom on how to be a good lawyer. He had a treasure trove of war stories and was gifted in telling them.
We will miss him greatly.