Steven Mark Bishop - #81618
Current Status: Active
This member is active and may practice law in California.
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The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
591 Camino De La Reina
San Diego, CA 92108
|Phone Number:||(619) 299-9780|
|Fax Number:||(619) 299-0316|
||Undergraduate School:||San Diego State Univ; San Diego CA|
||Law School:||Univ of San Diego SOL; San Diego CA|
|Certified Legal Specialty:||
Family Law (State Bar of California)
|Effective Date||Status Change|
|11/29/1978||Admitted to The State Bar of California|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
|Effective Date||Description||Case Number||Resulting Status|
Disciplinary and Related Actions
|11/13/2014||Discipline, probation; no actual susp.||13-O-10628|
|This member has no public record of administrative actions.|
State Bar Court Cases
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|12/23/2015||13-O-10628||Order re Extension of Time [PDF]|
|1/26/2015||13-O-10628||Order re Costs [PDF]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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November 13, 2014
STEVEN MARK BISHOP [#81618], 62, of San Diego, was placed on one year of probation and faces a one-year suspension if he does not comply with the terms. He was also ordered to take the MPRE. The order took effect Nov. 13, 2014. Bishop stipulated that he withdrew funds when he knew his client disputed his claim to fees and costs instead of placing the disputed funds in his client trust account. Beginning in 2010, Bishop represented the wife in a divorce case and entered into a lien agreement whereby he would collect fees and costs from any recovery he obtained on her behalf. In October of that year, his office mistakenly charged $2,500 to her credit card. That December, the client fired Bishop and hired a new attorney, who requested that Bishop transfer funds he was holding on the client’s behalf into a court-segregated trust account as well as provide an accounting. Instead, Bishop sent a check for a lesser amount with a letter explaining that he withdrew his outstanding fees and costs from the entrusted funds. At the time, Bishop knew about the dispute. After Bishop learned of the State Bar’s investigation into the matter, he returned the disputed funds to his client trust account. On April 25, 2014, he refunded $5,578.89 to the client, which represented the $2,500 that was erroneously charged to her credit card account and money he withdrew from the court-ordered segregated trust account. In mitigation, Bishop had no prior record of discipline, entered into a pretrial stipulation with the State Bar and presented evidence of his good character.