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Steven P. Smith

Steven P. Smith

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Employee Benefits

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About Me

Since joining Hinkle Elkouri in 1998, Mr. Smith has focused his practice on employee benefit matters. Prior to joining the firm, he served as in-house counsel for Thorn Americas, Inc. for more than seven years, where his responsibilities included class action litigation, consumer bankruptcies, copyrights and trademarks, consumer marketing, the review of software license agreements, and the development of new business concepts. He also served as a research attorney for the Honorable Robert E. Davis of the Kansas Court of Appeals for two years following his graduation from the University of Kansas School of Law. Steve is a frequent public speaker on employee benefit topics. Since 2003, he has been a contributing author to the book Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates Other Than COBRA & HIPAA, which is published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Employee Benefits: 100%

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Contact Info

Hinkle Law Firm LLC

301 North Main St.
Suite 2000
Wichita, KS, 67202-4820

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KSAuthorized to practice law198807/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Foulston Siefkin best appellate brief awardUniversity of Kansas School of LawN/A
Am Jur Award recipient in Insurance LawUniversity of Kansas School of LawN/A
Team MemberNational Moot CourtN/A
BV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberHinkle Law Firm LLC2004 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wichita Bar AssociationN/A1990 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationN/A1988 - Present
Wichita Coalition on HealthcareMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of the Kansas Bar AssociationTraps for the Unwary: Avoding Problems with Employee Benefit Plans in Divorce2011
Employee Benefits Institute of AmericaGroup Health Plans: Federal Mandates Other Than COBRA & HIPAA2010
EBIA WeeklyDOL Advises that Flex Credits for Group Health Plans Must Be Continued During FMLA Leave2006
EBIA WeeklyPlan Administrator’s Declaration of Special Valuation Date After Plan Suffered Investment Losses was Reasonable2004
EBIA WeeklyTax Court Refuses to Accept Excuses for Not Repaying Participant Loan2004
EBIA WeeklyNew Law Extends USERRA Continuation Coverage Period to 24 Months and Adds Employer Notice Requirement2004
EBIA WeeklySupreme Court Announces Test for Determining When Shareholder-Directors of a Professional Corporation Are Employees Under ADA2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Wichita State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Wichita Independent Business AssociationCOBRA and the Economic Stimulus Bill2009
Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm L.L.C.COBRA and the Economic Stimulus Bill2009
Farm Credit Foundation Annual Human Resources ConferenceLegal Compliance Update2009
Family Law SeminarEmployee Benefits2009
Employee Benefits/Employment Law SeminarCOBRA and the Economic Stimulus Bill2009
Elrick & AssociatesCOBRA and the Economic Stimulus Bill2009
2009 Kansas Tax ConferenceEmployee Benefits: New Laws, New Requirements, New Challenges2009
EBIA telewebThe impact of the Family and Medical Leave Act on employee benefit plans2007
The EBIA Advanced Cafeteria Plans ConferenceImpact of Medicare Part D on employers that are providing prescription drug coverage to their employees and retirees2005
EBIA telewebUSERRA’s Impact on Health Benefits and 401(k) Plans: What to Do When Employees Leave for & Return from Service2005
EBIA telewebImpact of Medicare Part D on employers that are providing prescription drug coverage to their employees and retirees2005
The Wichita Area Chamber of CommerceHIPAA Medical Privacy2003
The Small Business Development CouncilHIPAA Medical Privacy2003
Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM)HIPAA Medical Privacy2003
KBA Plaza Lights SeminarHIPAA Medical Privacy2003
Kansas Association of Insurance AgentsHIPAA Medical Privacy2003
Annual Accounting and Auditing ConferenceImpact of Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) of 2001 on qualified retirement plans2002
Kansas Tax ConferenceImpact of Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) of 2001 on qualified retirement plans2001