Stephanie A. Smithey

Shareholder || Indianapolis

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.

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Ms. Smithey’s clients include retailers, manufacturers, airlines, construction and transportation companies, banking and financial services firms, healthcare companies, insurance companies, PEOs, staffing companies, and trust funds. In addition, as counsel to multiemployer funds, Ms. Smithey works closely with both employer and employee trustees as to the design, administration, and operations of Taft Hartley pension and health funds.

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 1988

Admittance to Practice

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Indiana Benefits Conference (Past Chair, 2012-2013; Chair, 2011-2012, Vice Chair, 2010-2011; Director, 2008-2013)
  • American Bar Association (Taxation and Labor & Employment Law Sections)
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "What Diligence Is Due? Considerations and Calamities" - La Quinta - November 8, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "ACA Update: What’s Next for Employer Health Plans" - Phoenix - November 8, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Don't Call 911! - Here's the 411 on Hot Employee Benefit Issues" - Kohler - September 20, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Ouch! The Top Challenges in Handling the Myriad of Issues Resulting From Work-Related Injuries" - Kohler - September 20, 2018
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "Enforcement and Litigation Wrap-up" - Indianapolis - September 12, 2018
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "Health and Welfare Plan Update" - Indianapolis - September 12, 2018
  • Indiana Chamber Wellness Summit - "An Employer’s Guide to Wellness Plan Design from a Legal Perspective" - Indianapolis - September 7, 2018
  • Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "Health and Welfare Benefit Hot Topics" - Cleveland - August 16, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Oh Well! An Update on Wellness Plans" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Washington Watch" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "ACA Update: What’s Next for Employer Health Plans?" - Phoenix - May 9, 2018
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "Health and Welfare Plan Hot Topics" - Indianapolis - September 19, 2017
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "Trumping the ACA: What's Next for Employer Health Plans?" - Indianapolis - September 19, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2018 - "Top 10 Benefits Issues to Watch for in 2018" and "Repeal…Replace…Reform? The Latest Healthcare Developments" - Milwaukee - September 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Repeal…Replace…Reform…? The Latest Healthcare Developments" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 53rd Annual Human Resources Conference and Expo - "Top 10 Benefit Issues to Watch in 2017" - Indianapolis - April 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins 2017 Employment Law Briefing - "Trumping the ACA: What’s Next for Employer Health Plans?" - Indianapolis - April 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "Trumping the ACA: What's Next for Employer Health Plans?" - Austin - March 23, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 - "The Top 5 Benefits Compliance Issues for 2016-17" - Detroit (Metro) - October 2016
  • Indiana Chamber Employee Benefits Seminar - "Affordable Care Act Update; The Buck Stops Here: Facing the Fiduciary Challenge" and "Wellness Plan Headaches" - Indianapolis - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 - "The Top 10 Benefits Compliance Issues" - Indianapolis - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 - "The Top 10 Benefits Compliance Issues" - Cleveland - August 2016
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - "The Top 10 Benefits Compliance Issues" - French Lick - July 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "ACA Sleeper Issues" - Chicago - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Health Care Reform" - Chicago - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "New ACA Reporting: Completing Forms 1095-C and 1094-C" - January 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "ACA Reporting Traps: Understanding the Penalties and Defenses" - Phoenix - November 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "Meeting the Mandate: Affordable Care Act Penalties and Defenses" - Merrillville - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2016 - "Meeting the Mandate: Affordable Care Act Penalties and Defenses" - Indianapolis - October 2015
  • Indiana Chamber Employee Benefits Seminar - "Are You Ready? Meeting the New Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act" - Indianapolis - September 2015
  • Indiana Chamber Employee Benefits Seminar - "Will it Ever End? More Affordable Care Act Challenges" - Indianapolis - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2016 - "Uh Oh! Avoiding Affordable Care Act Penalties and Taxes" - Cleveland - August 2015
  • 2015 Indianapolis Benefits Summit - "Understanding Affordable Care Act Penalties and Defenses" - Indianapolis - June 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - "Meeting the Mandate: Understanding Affordable Care Act Penalties and Defenses" - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "ACA Strategies" - San Antonio - May 2015
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 51st Annual HR Conference and Expo - "ACA Reporting Workshop" - Indianapolis - April 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Indiana Employees Health and Wellness Summit - "Creating a Healthy Future: Wellness Plans and Clinics" - Indianapolis - October 9, 2014
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employees Health and Wellness Summit - "Legal Issues for Employer Clinics" - Indianapolis - October 8, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Calculation Compliance: Practical Math on Affordable Care Act Compliance" - Los Angeles - September 19, 2014
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - "ACA Workshop" - Indianapolis - September 17, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Take a Painkiller and Call Congress in the Morning: Health Care Reform Update" - Las Vegas - May 8, 2014
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 50th Annual HR Conference and Expo - "New Tracking and Reporting Challenges Under the Affordable Care Act" - Indianapolis - April 29, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Affordable Care Act's New Reporting Requirements" - Indianapolis - April 23, 2014
  • Indiana State Bar Association and the IndyBar Taxation Section - "Impact of U.S. v. Windsor on Employers and Individuals" - Indianapolis - November 12, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Affordable Care Act - Now What? What's Next? When?" - Charleston - November 7, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - "The Affordable Care Act and DOMA Updates" - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • 2013 Indiana Employee Health and Wellness Summit - "Federal Tax Implications for Wellness Incentives and Workplace Rewards" - Indianapolis - October 1, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "Health Care Reform - Are You Ready?" - Indianapolis - September 12, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "How Do Your Plans Define Spouse? Employee Benefits Consequences of the Supreme Court Decision on DOMA" - Indianapolis - September 12, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "How Does Health Care Reform Change Wellness Plans? New Rules for Health-Based Incentives" - Indianapolis - September 12, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar - "Preparing for the Unexpected: Managing Plan Beneficiary Designations" - Indianapolis - September 12, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - "Health Care Reform: Cost Containment Strategies for Employers" - New Orleans - May 9, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 49th Annual Human Resources Conference - "Fiduciary Tune Up" - Indianapolis - May 7, 2013
  • Inaugural Northwest Indiana Workplace Wellness Symposium - "The Legal Side of Wellness" - Merrillville - March 22, 2013
  • Indiana Contractors Association Membership Meeting - "Taft-Hartley Pension Funds: Understanding Your Roles as Employer and Trustee" - Indianapolis - November 8, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins 12th Annual Seminar: Managing A Modern Workforce - "Eye on Employee Benefits: Preparing for the ACA" - Indianapolis - October 3, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins and AAIM Employers’ Association: Managing Your Workforce in 2013 - "The Affordable Care Act: Where Do We Go From Here" - St. Louis - September 20, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins and AAIM Employers’ Association: Managing Your Workforce in 2013 - "Wellness Programs That Work" - St. Louis - September 20, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Ogletree Deakins Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - "Fiduciary Tune Up" - Indianapolis - September 13, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Ogletree Deakins Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - "Health Care Reform – Where Do We Go From Here?" - Indianapolis - September 13, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Ogletree Deakins Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - "Hot Topics: What to Watch For 2012 and Beyond" - Indianapolis - September 13, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Ogletree Deakins Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - "Preparing for Health & Welfare Plan Audits" - Indianapolis - September 13, 2012
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Corporate Counsel Webinar - "The Affordable Care Act: Where Do We Go From Here?" - August 29, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "The Affordable Care Act: Where Do We Go From Here?" - July 26, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Conference - "Benefitting from the FMLA: Complying with the FMLA’s Benefits Provisions" - Indianapolis - June 5, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Health Care Reform - Latest Developments on the Affordable Care Act" - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 48th Annual HR Conference and Expo - "Are Your Employees Ready to Retire?" - Indianapolis - May 1, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "The Affordable Care Act: Important Recent Developments" - October 25, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Eye on Employee Benefits" - Indianapolis - October 5, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce INShape Indiana & Wellness Council of Indiana 2011 Indiana Employee Health & Wellness Summit - "Is Your Wellness Program Obsolete?" - Indianapolis - September 27, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits Seminar - "Health Care Reform – What’s on the Horizon?" - Indianapolis - September 13, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits Seminar - "Making Sense of the New Retirement Plan Disclosure Rules" - Indianapolis - September 13, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits Seminar - "Wellness Programs that Work" - Indianapolis - September 13, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Conference - "The 'Benefits' of the FMLA" - Indianapolis - June 16, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Health Care Reform – What Happens Next?" - Chicago - May 12, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 47th Annual Human Resource Conference & Expo - "Is Your Wellness Program Obsolete?" - Indianapolis - May 4, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 47th Annual Human Resource Conference & Expo - "Are Your Employees Informed? A Primer on Employee Benefit Notice Requirements" - Indianapolis - May 3, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "2011 Health Care Reform Regulatory Update" - March 22, 2011
  • Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana - "What Will Health Care Reform Mean for Your Business and Employees?" - Indianapolis - February 16, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins & Merrill Lynch Online Webinar - "Retirement Plans: Are You Prepared to Respond to Changes in the Investment and Legal Climate that Affect Your Retirement Plans?" - November 17, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Eye on Employment Law – Employee Benefits Update" - Indianapolis - October 5, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Wellness Summit - "I Dream of GINA – The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act – Its Impact on Employee Wellness Plans and Practices" - Indianapolis - September 1, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins webinar - "‘Grandfathered’ Status Under the Affordable Care Act: The Effect of New Agency Guidance on Employer Plans" - July 14, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Seminar - "Benefits Issues under the FMLA" - Indianapolis - June 3, 2010
  • Central Indiana Chapter of Certified Employee Benefit Specialist - "Health & Welfare Plan Update" - Indianapolis - May 11, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Health and Welfare Plans – What’s On the Horizon?" - Las Vegas - May 7, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Historic Health Care Overhaul: What It Means to Employers" - Las Vegas - May 7, 2010
  • Indiana Manufacturers Asociation & Ogletree Deakins Health Care Reform Legislation Webinar - "What Will Health Care Reform Mean for Your Business?" - April 29, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefit Seminar - "Federal Mandates for Health Plans: What Employers Need to Know Now About Mental Health Parity and Other Health Care Reforms" - Indianapolis - April 22, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefit Seminar - "Health Care Reform Update" - Indianapolis - April 22, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefit Seminar - "Medicare Reporting: New Requirements for Employee Benefit Plans and Employment Claim Settlements" - Indianapolis - April 22, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefit Seminar - "The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: It’s Impact on Employee Benefit Plans and Employment Practices" - Indianapolis - April 22, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins webinar - "Historic Health Care Overhaul: What It Means For Employers" - April 21, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Health & Welfare Plans" - Indianapolis - April 13, 2010
  • Central Indiana Chapter of Certified Employee Benefit Specialist - "Health and Welfare Plan Legal Update" - Indianapolis - November 10, 2009
  • Indiana Benefits Conference - "Amending Your Qualified Plans for the Pension Protection Act and the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act" - Indianapolis - September 24, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce: The Family and Medical Leave Act Update: An Advanced Program In FMLA Issues - "The ‘Benefits’ of FMLA" - Indianapolis - June 11, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins & Merrill Lynch Employers' Breakfast Briefing - "Plan Fiduciaries: Understanding the Employer’s Role in Plan Investments and How to Meet Your Duties and Manage Exposure" - Indianapolis - May 19, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 45th Annual Human Resource Conference & Expo - "Benefits Issues at Hiring and Firing" - Indianapolis - May 6, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 45th Annual Human Resource Conference & Expo - "Preparing for Health Care after Retirement: Are Your Employees Ready for Retirement?" - Indianapolis - May 6, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefit Seminar - "Employee Benefits Issues in Reduction in Force (RIFs): Severance, WARN, Early Retirement Subsidies, COBRA and Other Issues Arising in RIFs" - Indianapolis - April 16, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefit Seminar - "Managing Fiduciary Exposure in a Recession" - Indianapolis - April 16, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Advanced FMLA Seminar - "Health Coverage During and After an FMLA Leave" - Indianapolis - June 12, 2008
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Indiana Employers’ Summit on Soaring Health Care Costs - "Wellness and Other Containment Strategies for Health Plans" - Indianapolis - June 10, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins webinar - "A Primer on Key Benefit Issues – Retirement Plan Issues, Early Retirement Windows, Partial Plan Terminations" - June 3, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Complying with the New Cafeteria Plan Regulations" - New Orleans - May 9, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Wellness and Other Cost Containment Strategies for Health Plans" - New Orleans - May 8, 2008
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 44th Annual Human Resources Conference & Expo - "Employee Benefits for the HR Generalist" - Indianapolis - May 6, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Indianapolis Associate Training - "HIPAA for Litigators" - Indianapolis - April 26, 2008
  • Hendricks County/Avon Chamber of Commerce - "Hot Topics in Employee Benefits" - Avon - March 25, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Indianapolis Associate Training - "Commonly Asked Benefits Questions: A Crash Course for the Employment Generalist" - Indianapolis - March 25, 2008
  • September 12, 2018 - Business Management Daily - "Ensure employees know of retirement plan rollover rules change"
  • July 13, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Changes to Retirement Plan Loan Rules Mean Updating Tax Notices"
  • July/August 2017 - Employee Benefit Plan Review - "Predicting the Unpredictable: What Might the Trump Administration Hold for Employee Benefits?"
  • August 15, 2013 - SHRM.org - "For Open Enrollment, Remember New Templates for SBCs"
  • May 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits Blog, Lexology, and JD Supra Weekly - "Model Notice of Exchanges Issued with New October 1, 2013 Deadline"
  • August 2011 - Wellness Council of Indiana - It's Good to be Well - "ERISA Versus Employer Wellness Plans"
  • 2011 - Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2011 - Chapter Author - "Indiana Employer's Guide To Workplace Wellness"
  • June 2010 - SHRM.org - "Employers Must Provide ‘Reasonable Breaks’ for Working Mothers"
  • February 2010 - ACC Newsstand and IMA Human Resources Memo - "Does Your Health Plan Violate the New Mental Health Parity Rules?"
  • October/November 2009 - Lexology, Benefits Link, ACC Newsstand, and Lorman Educational Foundation - "Do Your Health and Wellness Plans Violate GINA?"
  • October 2, 2008 - ACC Newsstand - "10 Common COBRA Screw-Ups and How You Can Avoid Them"
  • February 25, 2008 - Mondaq Labor & Employment - "Is Wellness On Your To-Do List?"
  • November 10, 2017 - Inside Indiana Business - "Indiana Chamber Honors Volunteers of the Year"
  • May 9, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Health Care Repeal: What Should Employers Expect?"
  • January 28, 2015 - Indiana Lawyer - "Partial-termination dispute gets full treatment from court"
  • November 9 - 22, 2011 - Indiana Lawyer - "New ISBA Committee Promotes Healthy Living For Lawyers"
  • May 20, 2011 - SHRM.org - "Federal Law, Some State Laws Differ in Coverage of Adult Children of Domestic Partners"
  • April 5, 2011 - The Wall Street Journal - "2011 Benefits Trends – Greater Choice, Increased Focus On Health, More Innovative Perks"
  • May 19, 2010 - SHRM.org - "Payment of Coverage for Eligible Adult Child Permitted on Pretax Basis"
  • April 16, 2010 - SHRM.org - "Coordinate Compliance Among Health Care Reform and Other Laws"
  • December 2009 - Health-e Headlines - "Have You Met GINA Yet?"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America – Employee Benefits/ERISA Law (2013-present)
  • Girl Scouts Of Central Indiana Deborah L. McCloud Administrative Volunteer of the Year Award (2017)
  • Indiana Chamber’s Samuel C. Schlosser Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award (2017)

Insights by Stephanie A. Smithey