? Smithyman & Zakoura, Chartered, Our Attorneys: Lee M. Smithyman
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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


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


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


Kansas Bar, 1977

Missouri Bar, 1991

Oklahoma Bar, 2010

United States District Court for the District of Kansas, 1977

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

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1987

United States Supreme Court, 1997

American Arbitration Association, Licensed Arbitrator and Mediator

Litigation and Legal Experience

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

Recovered and collected over $27 million by federal court jury verdicts in 2014

Obtained a jury verdict of $4.2 Million in actual and punitive damages against Petrolite, Inc. in Harris County, Texas in 1998.

Business Litigation

Insurance Litigation - Representative Sample

General Business Law

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

  • W. Carter and Associates Glazing, LLC
  • CZ-USA, Inc.
  • Domestic Fastener & Forge, Inc.
  • Encompas Corporation
  • Old Dominion Apparel Corp.
  • Propay, LLC
  • The Reilly Company, LLC
  • Schifman, Remley, & Associates, Inc.
  • Walsh & Stverak, LLC
  • Yolotek, LLC

Professional Honors

American Trial Lawyers Association

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kansas

Best Law Firms in Kansas

  • U.S. News & World Report, 2014-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

    Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer Designation

    • Business Litigation, 2005–present

    Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member

    Professional Activities

    Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Elected 2004

    Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, 2005–2010

    Kansas Bar Association President, 2012–2013

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

    Johnson County Ethics Committee, Investigator since 1996

    Kansas Board of Discipline, Supreme Court Appointment since 2010

    Professional Organizations

    Kansas Bar Association

    Missouri Bar Association

    Wyandotte County Bar Association

    Johnson County Bar Association