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Stephen Smiley Kent

Stephen Smiley Kent

Real Estate Law and Estate and Probate Lawyer
Kent Law Firm
Reno, NV
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Attorney Biography

Kent Law is a firm specializing in practical, efficient, goal oriented solutions to legal problems. Kent Law is owned and operated by Stephen S. Kent, a veteran Nevada trial lawyer with 38 years experience resolving lawsuits and when necessary successfully taking them to trial and handling real estate and other business transactions. Kent Law’s strength is its intimate knowledge of Nevada’s State and Federal legal systems and how to use them win lawsuits to achieve a client’s goals.

Kent Law’s long time national and local clients and proven record of success are the best testament to their efficient practical, resolution of litigation and legal problems. These clients include the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, who Steve has represented for over 25 years, NIKE, Pella, as well as investment advisor Navellier & Associates Inc., AIG Aviation, USAI, QBE the Americas, Starr Insurance, insurer Western World Insurance Co., aviation insurer U.S. Specialty Insurance Co., aviation insurer AVEMCO, marine and aviation insurer Old United Casualty Co.

Stve graduated from the University of Nevada Reno and then attended University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, graduating in 1980 where he took constitutional law from Anthony Kennedy who later became U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Steve has spent most of his years in practice at 3 of ZNevada's largest law firms. In 2010 Steve started his own boutique business and defense trial practice, Kent Law, located in downtown Reno, two blocks from the State and Federal Courts.

In his 35 years of experience in 3 of Nevada’s largest law firms and now his own firm, Steve has handled a very wide variety of matters in not only Reno and Las Vegas but also throughout rural Nevada. The types of matters over this 35 year period include business litigation, corporate and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, personal injury defense and, 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. Steve has also been appointed arbitrator in 49 cases in the Nevada Arbitration Program.

Steve has been asked to teach seminars to other lawyers and has authored several articles including Exclusionary Clauses in Aviation InsurancePolicies, 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.

With 38 years as a trial lawyer Steve has tried many cases obtaining many defense verdicts for his defense clients as well as a million dollar verdict. Steve 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.

Steve was recognized in 2015 through 2019 as one of The Best Lawyers In America. Steve is a twenty year Certified Civil Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Attorneys; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Super Lawyer from 2007 through 2018,

Steve has been married to Mayla for 39 years and they have 3 adult children. Steve’s hobbies are boating on Lake Tahoe, driving sports cars, and snow skiing.

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law (8%)
Landlord-Tenant Law (8%)
Commercial Real Estate Law (8%)
Residential Real Estate Law (8%)
Estate and Probate Law (8%)
Business Law (8%)
Contracts (8%)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (8%)
Appellate Law (8%)
Civil Trial Law (7%)
Aviation Law (7%)
Administrative Law (7%)
Legal Malpractice (7%)
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Bar Licenses

Nevada State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

Kent Law Firm
Kent Law PLLC

Woodburn and Wedge

Beckley Singleton

Vargas and Bartlett

Second Judicial District Court

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McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific
McGeorge School of Law - University of the Pacific
Juris Doctor

Universoty of Nevada Reno


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Specialty Certifications

National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Specialist
Civil Trial Advocacy
National Board of Trial Advocacy

National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Specialist
Civil Pretrial Practice
National Board of Trial Advocacy

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion

Best Lawyers of America
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Stephen Smiley Kent
Kent Law Firm
201 West Liberty Suite 320
Reno, NV 89501
Office: 775-688-3000