CFK Board Vice-Chair
Attorney, Smith Hurst, PLC
Rebecca is a co-founder and the first 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.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hurst worked as an accountant for Beverly Enterprises (now Golden Living) in Fort Smith, Arkansas, serving 17 skilled nursing facilities with Medicare, Medicaid, and financial audit and reporting matters.
New York University School of Law
Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation (2006)
University of Arkansas School of Law
Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude (2005)
Arkansas Law Review, Executive Editor
Charles Thomas Pearson Fellow and scholarship recipient
Phi Alpha Delta, Justice
Arkansas State University (Westark Campus)
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, magna cum laude and first in degree (2001)
Recipient of Outstanding Accounting Student award
Recipient of Distinguished Business Transfer Student award
Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
Recognition, Awards and Honors
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 named a Super Lawyer for 2014 and Rising Star for 2012-2013 by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the field of Estate Planning & Probate.
Community Service and Activities
Rebecca currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Council for the Walton Arts Center, on the Board of Directors for the Fayetteville Division of the Arkansas Community Foundation, and as Past Chairman for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Alumni Advisory Council. She also serves on Fayetteville's Future Commitee, 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 is a volunteer with and former member of the Finance Committee for the Morgan Nick Foundation. Rebecca is also a member of the American Bar Association (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.
Additionally, Rebecca is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.