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Stevens and Brand


Wesley F. Smith

Areas of Practice

  • Agriculture
  • Auto Dealer Compliance Law
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Reorganization
  • Litigation-Business and Commercial
  • Debtor and Creditors' Rights
  • Workouts

  • Kansas and U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1998

    U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

    U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

    U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Oklahoma State University; B.S. Agricultural Economics, 1991

    University of Kansas School of Law; Juris Doctorate, 1997
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing
    • Law Journal: Staff Member and Student Articles Editor, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy

    Wes Smith was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and soon moved to a ranch near Duncan, Oklahoma. He grew up there and graduated as the Valedictorian of Velma-Alma High School in 1986. After high school, he moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State University. At OSU he was active in Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was a member of the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll. Wes graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1991. During college he founded Cowboy Towing, which he operated until 1995.

    The sale of his business brought Wes north to Lawrence, Kansas to attend law school at the University of Kansas. While at KU, he was a staff member of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, where he also served as Student Articles Editor and was chosen as a teacher’s assistant to Legal Research and Writing. During this time he worked as a law clerk for Stumbo Hanson, LLP, a bankruptcy boutique in Topeka, Kansas.

    Wes graduated with his Juris Doctorate from KU in 1997, and was hired by Stumbo Hanson as an associate attorney, later becoming a partner. In 2008, Wes became a partner with Stevens & Brand, LLP. In addition, he taught Commercial Law—Secured Transactions at the University of Kansas School of Law from 2002 through 2013.

    Wes’s practice is somewhat varied, but is concentrated on primarily representing debtors and creditors in consumer, farm, and small business reorganization cases under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. He also practices in the commercial litigation arena and assists dealers, auctions, and consumers with automobile dealer licensing issues. Wes previously served as City Prosecutor for the cities of Mayetta and Eskridge. Wes is admitted to practice law in Kansas, the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Kansas, Western District of Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado.

    Wes lives in Lawrence with his wife, Lisa, and their three children, Braden, Bryce, and Emma-Frances. He still plays with cars...


    Listed in:
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2008-present

    Recently named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Topeka, Kansas, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year”

    Selected as “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas, in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

    Super Lawyers, Kansas and Missouri, 2009-present

  • Member:
  • Douglas County Kansas Bar Association, 2008-present

    Kansas Bar Association, 1998-present
    • Agricultural Law Section Board Member, 2012-present
    • Outstanding Service Award, 2010
    • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section President, 2007-2008; At Large Board Member, 2008-present
    • CLE Committee At Large Board Member, 2005-present; Chairperson, 2008-2011

    Topeka Bar Association, 1998-present • Nominating Committee, 2005
    • Vice President of Young Lawyer Division, 2000-2001
    • Membership Chairman of Young Lawyer Division, 1998-1999

    American Bankruptcy Institute Advisory Board, Midwest Bankruptcy Institute, 2014-present

    United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas Bench Bar Committee, 2004-2007

    Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council, 1998-present; President, 2002-2003

    American Inns of Court, Topeka Inn Barrister, 1999-2008; Program Director, 2002-2003

    American Inns of Court, Lawrence Inn Master, 2008-present Topeka Lawyers Club, 2005-2008

    Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Secured Transactions, 2002-2013