About Us
Lee M. Smithyman

Lee M. Smithyman

Business and Insurance Litigation

750 Commerce Plaza II
7400 West 110th Street
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 661-9800 /113Cell: (913) 328-2722

Education

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Science, Top 2%, Administration and Management Science, 1970
  • Master of Science, Industrial Administration, 1970

Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas

  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 1976

Military

United States Army, 1970-1974

  • Captain, Air Defense Artillery
  • Airborne and Ranger School Completion
  • Third Infantry Division (Germany)
    • Battalion Adjutant - 3rd Bn/67th Artillery
    • Brigade Legal Officer - 3rd Infantry Division Artillery
  • Army Commendation Medal

Licensure

Kansas Bar, 1977

United States District Court for the District of Kansas, 1977

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1987

Missouri Bar, 1991

United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1991

United States Tax Court, 1997

United States Supreme Court, 1997

Oklahoma Bar, 2010

American Arbitration Association, Licensed Arbitrator and Mediator

Litigation and Legal Experience

Business Litigation

Recovered over $25 million for corporate clients in 2007 and 2008.

Obtained and collected a jury verdict of $4.2 Million in actual and punitive damages for Farmland Industries in litigation against Petrolite, Inc. in Harris County, Texas in 1998. Representative cases include:

Insurance Litigation

Obtained $1.95 Million for Reorganized FLI, Inc. on claim against National Union Fire Insurance, Lloyds of London, et al., through settlement in February 2005. Representative cases include:

General Business Law

Served as corporate counsel to Kansas City area corporations for more than 15 years, including:

  • CZ-USA, Inc.
  • Domestic Fastener & Forge, Inc.
  • Encompas Corporation
  • Polymeric Imaging, Inc.
  • Propay, L.L.C.
  • Schifman, Remley, & Associates, Inc.
  • Sloan Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • TrainerStreet, Inc.
  • Unisource, Inc.

Professional Honors

American Trial Lawyers Association

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kansas

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer Designation

  • Business Litigation, 2005–present

Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member

National Board of Trial Advocacy

  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate

Professional Activities

Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Elected 2004

Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, 2005–2010

Kansas Bar Association President, 2012–present

Kansas Bar Association Vice President, 2010–2011

Earl E. O'Connor Inn of Court, Master Emeritus

Johnson County Ethics Committee, Investigator since 1996

Kansas Board of Discipline, Board Member

Professional Organizations

Kansas Bar Association

Missouri Bar Association

Wyandotte County Bar Association

Johnson County Bar Association

Kansas Trial Lawyers Association