Steve has been a lifelong aviation enthusiast. While in high school Steve followed in his father, Bob’s footsteps as Bob attended flight school and flight training to obtain Bob’s private pilot’s license. After graduating from law school Steve began his experience in aviation law assisting in the defense of aviation aircraft claims defense at Vargas and Bartlett including a wrongful death action following crash of a Grumman F-14 and continuing to handle aviation law cases at Beckley Singleton, Delanoy, Jemison and List where he worked with J. Mitchell Cobeaga defending aviation cases such as the 1985 Galaxy Airlines Reno Crash, the crash of a biplane into a vehicle on North McCarran in Reno, the crash of an aircraft into an apartment building in north Reno, damage to a prominent Reno residents Lear Jet, and crash of a sea plane owned by the Israel Air Force. Steve eventually started handling aviation cases on his own and took that part of his practice with him to Woodburn and Wedge and then when he opened Kent Law where he worked for HCC/Avemco/U.S. Specialty, QEB, ComAv/Safeco Aviation/AIG Aviation defending their insured’s that included airlines Southwest Airlines, U.S. Air and Alaska Airlines as well as the U.S. Soaring Society and crash of an aircraft into a home in North Las Vegas, damage to a G-III from a tug at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, damage to a business Jet by a FBO at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, a midair collision between a glider and a business jet and numerous other aircraft crash cases. Steve also worked for aviation insurer U.S. Specialty Insurance Company defending their insured the Reno Air Racing Association Inc. and insurer AVEMCO and their insured Fallon Municipal Airport and Phoenix Aviation and their insured the Great Reno Balloon Race, the Civil Air Patrol, SIMCOM Training Centers.
Following the 2010 crash of a P-51 into the crowd at the Reno Air Race Steve was contacted immediately by U.S. Specialty to assist then retained as local counsel by the insurers.
Steve also has experience with insurance coverage and insurance bad faith claims involving aviation insurance policies. Steve successfully filed and prosecuted a declaratory relief case establishing in Nevada that an exclusion of coverage for failure to obtain an annual inspection was valid even when the cause of the crash was unrelated to the failure to obtain an annual inspection. See Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Jensen, Griffin, 402 F.3d 876 (9th Cir. 2005), 276 F.Supp.2d 1097 (D. Nev. 2003) attached and an article Steve wrote on this subject. Steve was retained to rescind an aviation insurance policy for his client QBE which Steve quickly and successfully handled. Recently Steve was retained to give an insurance coverage opinion for USAIG which he successfully completed.
Steve has now been handling all types of aviation litigation throughout Nevada for over 30 years.