As Chair of our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group, Ms. Smithey devotes her practice to all aspects of employee benefits law. She represents clients with respect to qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans, assisting them with a variety of plan design, compliance, and administration issues for all types of pension, health and welfare benefit plans.
Ms. Smithey advises her clients as to ERISA, MPPAA, HIPAA, COBRA, PPACA, the Internal Revenue Code, as well as other federal and state laws applicable to employee benefit plans and plan sponsors. She assists clients with IRS and DOL audits, as well as internal compliance audits and plan corrections. She regularly counsels clients as to the scope of their fiduciary duties and how they may seek to limit fiduciary exposure. Ms. Smithey frequently assists health plans in complying with the health care reform laws as well as the HIPAA privacy security rules and provides in-house training for employers and other plan personnel.
In addition to counseling clients as to how to comply with the many laws that apply to their employee benefit plans, Ms. Smithey advises them how to handle benefit plan-related disputes in an effort to avoid litigation. In this context, she has counseled employers, insurers, third party administrators, trustees, and other plan fiduciaries.
Ms. Smithey has served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Benefits Council, and held positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair. For 2013 – 2018, Ms. Smithey was selected by Best Lawyers for ERISA/Employee Benefits in Indiana.
Ms. Smithey worked with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to publish the 4th Edition of the Employee Benefits Guide. In addition, she co-authored the Indiana Employer’s Guide to Workplace Wellness for the Wellness Council of Indiana. In 2017, Ms. Smithey was honored with the Indiana Chamber’s Samuel C. Schlosser Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year award.
Ms. Smithey is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.