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1 East Liberty Street
Suite 424
Reno, NV 89501


J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

- Second Place - McGeorge Moot Court Competition

B.A., University of Nevada Reno


America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for Nevada (2019-2021)

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Insurance Law (2015-2024)

Recognized by Nevada Super Lawyers (2007-2023)


Stephen S. Kent is a member of the Business Litigation, Real Estate, Business Transactions, Insurance, Trucking & Transportation and Professional Liability practice groups.

Stephen has handled a wide variety of matters throughout Reno, Las Vegas and rural Nevada. Over his 40 years of practice, Stephen’s experience includes business litigation, corporate and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, personal injury defense, auto, truck, and bus injury claims, aviation crash and accident litigation, premises liability, insurance coverage opinions and litigation, corporate control/ shareholder disputes, debt collection, construction defect claims, licensing, administrative and regulatory law disputes, realtor/broker liability, professional engineer liability, and real estate sales and financing transactions. Stephen has also been appointed arbitrator in 49 cases in the Nevada Arbitration Program. 

With 35 years as a trial lawyer, Stephen has tried many cases obtaining defense verdicts for his clients including a million-dollar verdict. One of his most challenging cases was defending an employee of the Papoose Palace in 66 civil suits wherein it was alleged the client sexually abused over 70 children at a day care school.  Stephen has been involved in several other civil sexual abuse cases, including the Montessori case where he was involved in insurance coverage for those claims.  He was also selected as local counsel to defend the Reno Air Racing Association as a result of the crash of an aircraft the resulted in 10 spectators' deaths.

During his time at one of Nevada’s largest law firms, Stephen began working on aviation litigation. Over the years, Stephen developed an expertise handling aviation cases and is currently one of the top aviation defense attorneys in Nevada. He has also handled over seventeen appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court.

Stephen has been married to his wife Mayla for more than 40 years and they have three adult children. His hobbies include boating on Lake Tahoe, driving sports cars, and snow skiing.


  • Nevada


  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate - National Board of Trial Attorneys
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, Tort and Insurance Practice Sections, Committees on Trial Techniques, Insurance Coverage and Business Torts
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
    • Disciplinary Committee
  • Northern California-Nevada Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member 
    • Committees on:  Aviation, Life, Health and Accident Insurance, Casualty Insurance, Medical Malpractice

Community Involvement

  • Reno Rotary
  • Reno Rodeo Association
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