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Attorneys Michael S. Smith

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Phone: 620.662.3331


Mike grew up in McPherson County, Kansas on the family farm which is located north of Hutchinson. He attended Buhler Public Schools and graduated from Hutchinson Community College. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics and worked for The Coleman Company in Wichita, Kansas for five years following graduation. Mike attended the University of Kansas School of Law and graduated in 2000 with a Juris Doctor degree. He joined the Branine Chalfant & Hill firm after law school graduation and subsequently oversaw estate planning, trust administration, and tax planning at both First National Bank of Hutchinson and The Trust Company of Kansas.  With 18 years’ experience in estate planning, trust administration, and tax planning, Mike joined Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour in 2018. 

Mike's practice is focused on the areas of Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law,  Estate Administration, Business Formation, and representing clients in Business, Agriculture, and Real Estate matters.

Mike has been active in the community serving in leadership roles for several non-profit organizations such as Hutchinson Symphony Association, Health Care Services Inc., Kansas Legal Services, Reno County United Way, Interfaith Housing Services, and PrairieStar Health Center.  Mike currently serves as Chairman of the Board for PrairieStar Health Center.

Mike continues to live on the family farm with his wife, Nancy, and they work alongside his parents, brother and wife in operating the family farm. 

 Principal Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Corporate
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate
  • Agribusiness and Cooperative Law


Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas


Professional Memberships, Affiliations and Honors

  • Reno County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association



  • University of Kansas (J.D., 2000)
  • Wichita State University (B.A., 1994)


Community Involvement

  • Hutchinson Symphony Association (2003 - present)
  • Health Care Services Inc (2003 - 2006)
  • Kansas Legal Services (2003 - 2008)
  • Reno County United Way (2005 - 2009)
  • Interfaith Housing Services (2013 - present)
  • PrairieStar Health Center (2016 - present)