Scott R. Cook

Scott R. Cook

Kolesar & Leatham
400 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 400
Las Vegas, NV 89145

Scott Cook brings to Kolesar & Leatham over 35 years of comprehensive legal experience and is admitted, licensed and actively practicing in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and New Mexico.  He has earned an AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for over fifteen years and has been named a Super Lawyer for the Rocky Mountain region in litigation.

Mr. Cook’s background includes all aspects of civil litigation and regulatory matters. He has developed expertise in many areas including oversight, management and direct litigation handling of catastrophic injury and damage cases; complex litigation in tort and product liability; environmental exposure; explosion and fire; all aspects of health care and medical negligence claims; Indian Law; professional negligence; food handling litigation; and insurance law. Mr. Cook is also versed in regulatory law including Workers’ Comp, OSHA and healthcare law (including ACA). He is recognized for his assertiveness, focus and courtroom skills. During the course of his career, Mr. Cook has overseen and directed a seven-state area of litigation for a major insurance carrier and served as a Managing Partner for a national law firm.

Specifically, Mr. Cook has 36 years work experience with corporate risk management at all levels to assess and manage risks and; risk assessment and oversight; risk and insurance coordination; compliance; pre-emptive management; construction risk team membership; and is a member/participant/lecturer with RIMS (The risk management society); and a presenter for SIIA (Self-Insured Institute of America, Inc.).

With a specific focus on insurance, insuring agreements, underwriting, risk assessment and active handling of insurance defense matters, Mr. Cook has worked both inside the  insurance setting and as outside counsel for multiple national and international insurance carriers or groups. Litigation experience handling, consultations and service as coordinating counsel on matters venued in 9 jurisdictions, multiple Indian jurisdictions and three Circuit Court of Appeals handling complex litigation matters as supervising counsel and as responsible litigation counsel, trial and appellate counsel and mediation and arbitration counsel of choice for multiple insurance carriers and clients on claims and litigated matters.

Mr. Cook has also handled environmental matters.  He has multi-state experience with surface/ground water and soil contamination; chemical contamination; waste management and contamination; fish and wildlife conservation; transboundary responsibility; contamination clean-up; EPA compliance and coordination; Air quality; remediation and litigation related to the same.

In addition, Mr. Cook is involved in the legal and medical communities and has served as an expert witness. He holds a certificate of training in natural gas and propane.  He has appeared in Indian Courts or administrative proceedings in Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado on various Indian law regulatory, environmental and matters in litigation.

Mr. Cook is an often requested instructor of continuing legal and medical education classes, including presentations to physician and professional groups and serves the legal community as a lecturer, convention panelist and author of numerous articles and publications. He serves on the Board of Directors of Project R.E.A.L. (Real Education About the Law), a Las Vegas non-profit organization dedicated to bringing practical education about the law and legal system to school children and the Chamber Insurance & Benefits board (CIB) of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.


Admitted to Practice, Arizona State Court and Member, State Bar of Arizona
Admitted to Practice, Colorado State Court and Member, State Bar of Colorado
Admitted to Practice, Nebraska State Court and Member, State Bar of Nebraska
Admitted to Practice, Nevada State Court and Member, State Bar of Nevada
Admitted to Practice, New Mexico State Court and Member, State Bar of New Mexico
Admitted to Practice, United States District Court of Appeals, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
Member, the Defense Research Institute
Member, the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Member, Risk Insurance Management, Inc.
Member, Clark County Bar Association
Member, Denver Bar Association

Awards • Honors • Recognitions
Certificate of appreciation from the Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association
Certificate of appreciation from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
Certificate of appreciation from the Self-Insurance Institute of America,
Achieving Legal Excellence Award of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
Super Lawyer for the Rocky Mountain region in litigation