Stephanie A. Smithey

Shareholder || Indianapolis

As co-chair of our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group, Stephanie 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.

Stephanie 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. Stephanie  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, Stephanie 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.

Stephanie has served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Benefits Council, and held positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair. For 2013- 2021, Stephanie was selected by Best Lawyers for ERISA/Employee Benefits in Indiana.

Stephanie worked with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to publish the 5th 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, Stephanie  was honored with the Indiana Chamber’s Samuel C. Schlosser Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year award.

Stephanie is honored to serve as Chair of on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

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


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Law360 Benefits Editorial Advisory Board
  • 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
  • Adjunct Professor, Indiana University McKinney School of Law


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