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Stephen S. Kent

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Reno, NV

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
201 West Liberty St, Suite 320
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 775-324-9800
Fax: 775-324-9803
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2014, 2016 - 2021
Licensed in Nevada Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (60%), Aviation and Aerospace (30%), Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

After practicing for nearly 30 years with three of Nevada's largest law firms, Stephen S. Kent founded Kent Law in 2010. From its office in Reno, Nevada, he represents clients throughout the state in a practice primarily focused on business litigation involving small entities as well as multinational corporations, and he also handles a variety of civil litigation cases relating to aviation and aerospace law.

Mr. Kent earned his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1980 and is admitted to practice in Nevada and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He has handled more than 15 appeals at the state and federal level and has served as arbitrator through the State Bar of Nevada's Arbitration Program in 43 different cases. Mr. Kent is certified in both civil trial law and civil pretrial practice by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.

During his career, Mr. Kent has obtained many successful verdicts on behalf of his clients, including the successful defense of a premises liability case for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and a $1 million judgment in favor of a real estate broker client in a breach of contract action. He was also selected to serve as local defense counsel for the Reno Air Racing Association following a 2011 aviation accident that resulted in the death of a pilot and 10 spectators.

Mr. Kent has maintained multiple high-profile memberships, given numerous continuing legal education presentations, authored several articles and is an active community service volunteer. He is a member of the American and Washoe County bar associations, the Defense Research Institute and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Kent also gives freely of his time to various Rotary Club of Reno projects.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Business Litigation
  • 30%Aviation and Aerospace
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Defense


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2011, 2014, 2016 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Stephen S. Kent

First Admitted: 1980, Nevada

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Representative Clients

  • Western World Ins. Co.
  • Hertz Corp.
  • Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers Ltd.
  • Reno Air Racing Association Inc.
  • Pheonix Aviation
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • AVEMCO Ins. Co.
  • QBE Insurance Corporation
  • Altera at Lloyd's Ltd.
  • Navallier & Associates Inc.
  • U.S. Specialty Ins. Co.
  • AIG Aviation
  • Winco Foods LLC
  • WinCo Foods Hertz Corp.
  • Starnet Insurance Co.
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Travel Centers of America

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Member, Rotary Club of Reno

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, State Bar of Nevada, Former Insurance Committee
  • Las Vegas Defense Lawyers
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel, Committee on Life, Health and Accident Insurance
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Committees on Trial Techniques
  • Board Member, State Bar of Nevada, Former Young Lawyers Section
  • Northern California-Nevada Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel, Committee on Aviation
  • Member, Reno Rodeo Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Sections
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada, Disciplinary Committee
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada, Former Fee Dispute Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel, Committee on Casualty Insurance, Medical Malpractice
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage and Business Torts


  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Super Lawyer, 2007 - 2012
  • Honors Student University of Nevada Reno; Second Runner-up Moot Court Competition Mc George School of Law

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Attorneys
  • Certified Advocate National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, 2012
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy-Certified Civil Trial Advocate, 1995

Educational Background

  • University of Nevada Reno, B.S.


  • Reno Air Race 2011 Accident-Mr. Kent was selected as local counsel to defend the Reno AirRacing Association Inc. following the accident that killed 11 and injured over 50.
  • Beach v. Wal-Mart- Mr Kent obtained a defense verdict for his client Wal-Mart after a 3 day jury trial in U.S. Federal District Court on November 1, 2012. Plaintiff had slipped and fallen on water allegedly injuring her knees and neck and back and undergoing 3 surgeries and incurring $104,000. in special damages. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $600,000. The jury found for Wal-Mart and did not award any damages.
  • Monroe v. Pella- Mr. Kent obtained a defense verdict for his client Pella Corp after a 7 day jury trial on July 17, 2012. The case involved alleged construction defects under Nevada's Chapter 40 Construction Defect Statute.  Subsequently Mr. Kent obtained an award of over $120,000. in fees and costs against plaintiffs.
  • Thompson v. Swope v. K2 Engineering and Structural Design LLC was a 7 day jury trial un June of 2013. Mr. Kent obtained a defense verdict exonerating his client K2 and a cost award in his clients favor of over $30,000., 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Exclusionary Clauses in Aviation Insurance Policies, DRI Covered Events, April, 2004;Insurance Coverage Law in Nevada, NBI 1998, Limiting Damages in Nevada, NBI 1990, Nevada Uninsured Motorist Law, State Bar of Nevada, 1995, The Legal Issues of Problem Collections in Nevada, NBI 1989 Washoe County Bar Assoc. 2013, and Nevada Discovery, Pretrial and Trial Procedures, PESI,1988,, Author, 2004
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Office Location for Stephen S. Kent

201 West Liberty St
Suite 320
Reno, NV 89501

Phone: 775-324-9800

Fax: 775-324-9803

Last Updated: 8/23/2021

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