Steven Smith

Steven Smith
  • Adjunct Faculty

Contact Info


Steven P. Smith is a member of the Hinkle Law Firm LLC in Wichita. Since joining the firm in 1998, he has focused his practice on helping employers understand and comply with the many different laws that affect the benefits they provide to their employees, including ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Affordable Care Act.

He is a frequent public speaker, has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, and, since 2003, has been a contributing author to the book, Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates Other Than COBRA and HIPAA, which is published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), a division of Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining the firm, he served as in-house counsel for Thorn Americas, Inc., for more than seven years and as a research attorney at the Kansas Court of Appeals for two years.


J.D., University of Kansas, 1988
B.A., Wichita State University, 1985


Courses Taught:

  • Special Topics: Introduction to Employee Benefits

Selected Publications

  • Contributing Author – "Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates Other than COBRA and HIPAA" (Employee Benefits Institute of America, 2003 – present)
  • "Traps for the Unwary: Avoiding Problems With Employee Benefit Plans in Divorce," 80 Kansas Bar Association Journal 24 (Feb. 2011)
  • “'Rent-to-Own' Agreement in Bankruptcy: Sales or Leases?," 2 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 115 (Spring 1994) (co-authored with Barkley Clark and Dennis Dow)

Selected Presentations

Numerous presentations, including presentations for the Kansas Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association, Kansas Society of CPAs, Wichita Association of Health Underwriters, Kansas SHRM and other SHRM groups, ALFA International, and the Employee Benefits Institute of America.


Professional memberships: Kansas Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association, and TEGE Council–Gulf Coast Area.


Kansas 1988