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Meet Stan Smith

Stan Smith is a highly accomplished and respected trial attorney.  A fourth-generation Kansas lawyer, Stan began practicing law with his father in 1982.  From the beginning of his legal career, Stan’s practice has included energy law and insurance defense.  In 1999, Stan joined Martin Pringle, where he has expanded his practice to include defense of medical malpractice cases.  Stan enjoys a well-deserved reputation for combining incisive legal reasoning, an emphasis on practical and efficient strategies, and the highest level of professional integrity.  His dedication to the practice of law is matched by his commitment to the community.  Stan has volunteered for numerous charitable and civic organizations.

Insurance Defense

Stan is one of the region’s leading insurance defense lawyers.  He has tried more than 100 cases, including 50 jury trials, many of which involve complex medical or other scientific issues.  He has a successful track record in litigating claims pertaining to vehicle accidents (including truck accidents), personal injury, wrongful death, commercial liability, premises liability, catastrophic loss, and other casualty loss.  For example, Stan successfully defended the Goddard, Kansas school district in the nation’s first major school shooting case.  He is experienced in litigating and advising insurance clients on coverage issues.

Energy Law

In his more than 30 years of practice, Stan has developed a thriving practice representing clients in the energy industry.  Early in his career, Stan appeared before the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) and successfully argued for a change in the field rules to permit additional drilling in the Hugoton gas field (the largest gas field in the continental United States).  Since then, he has represented clients in litigation pertaining to oil and gas leases, lease operations, fractional shares, mineral royalties, surface rights, and environmental disputes.  He also regularly advises and advocates for clients on a variety of regulatory matters before the KCC.  Stan is a member of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (KIOGA) and is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association’s oil and gas section.

Medical Malpractice Defense

Stan’s litigation practice has grown to include defending physicians and other health care practitioners who face medical malpractice claims.  He has successfully defended health care providers in cases brought in the courts of Kansas.


Stan's extensive career in varied areas of litigation practice give him the experience to mediate many different areas of the law. In addition to his experience having participated in hundreds of mediations, he has undergone mediation training with AAA and continues to learn, most recently on remote mediation techniques.

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  • University of Kansas School of Law, JD, 1982
  • University of Kansas, BA, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1982
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, Member
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Kansas and Wichita Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas Bar Association Oil and Gas Section, President, 2004-2005

Civic / Social Involvement

  • Andover Advantage Foundation, President-Elect
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
  • United Methodist Church, Disaster Response Team
  • University of Kansas Alumni Association, Member

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - 2023
  • Kansas Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2020
  • Kansas Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition, Personal Injury Defense, 2010

Published Articles/Presentations

Author. The Texas A&M Oil and Gas Survey, Kansas Chapter. January 2021

"Uninsured Coverages: Is UM coverage mandatory or discretionary?" DRI Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Compendium. 9 September 2016. Print.

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