Rebecca is a co-founder and the managing partner of Smith Hurst. She focuses her practice on planning the businesses, estates and charitable organizations of some of Arkansas’s highest net worth individuals and families.
Since 2007 she has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law where she teaches advanced classes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Nonprofit Organizations, Wills, Trusts and Estates and Estate Planning.
Rebecca has been named as Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Business honoree.
Rebecca has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America™ 2018 in the field of Tax Law.
Rebecca has been named a Super Lawyer since 2014 and Rising Star in 2012 and 2013 by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the field of Estate Planning & Probate.
She was recognized as the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2018 by the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Alumni Council.
In 2010, Rebecca was recognized in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list of business leaders and successful individuals.
Rebecca has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics.
Rebecca currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Council for the Walton Arts Center, and on the Board of Directors for the Fayetteville Division of the Arkansas Community Foundation, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Foundation, and the Morgan Nick Foundation.
She also serves on Fayetteville’s Future Committee, the Political Action Committee for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Rebecca was a 2013 graduate of Leadership Fayetteville.
She has served on the Steering Committee for the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure and just ended her term of service as a founding member of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Alumni Advisory Council.
Rebecca is also a member of the American Bar Association (Business, Tax and Trusts and Estates Sections) and Arkansas Bar Association (Tax and Real Property, Trusts and Estates Sections and Technology Committee).
Rebecca additionally has devoted significant pro bono time to draft a manual and sample wills for Habitat for Humanity’s Wills Project. She is a frequent speaker on business planning, asset protection, taxation, estate planning and tax-exempt organization topics.
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