Zev E. Kaplan

Zev E. Kaplan

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


Zev E. Kaplan practices primarily in business and administrative law with substantial experience in matters regarding transportation law and policy.

From April 1995 to October 2012 he was General Counsel to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, where he played a key policy role in the start-up of the local transit systems and their facilities and was the principal drafter of the Regional Transportation Act of Nevada. In addition he has had a major role in the planning and financing of numerous major public infrastructure projects in Las Vegas.

Mr. Kaplan served as General Counsel to Cash Systems, Inc., a NASDAQ traded company in the financial services industry from 2005-2008 during which he was a member of the executive team; managed all legal matters and was part of the Executive Team developing cashless gaming product with approval of VISA/Mastercard. Following the acquisition of Cash Systems by Global Cash, Mr. Kaplan served as Associate General Counsel to Global Cash Access, a NYSE traded company from 2008-2009.

Prior to starting his own law firm, he spent fifteen years in government service. He has served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office-Civil Division, as legal advisor to Clark County’s Finance Department and University Medical Center and on County transportation issues. He represented Clark County vs. New Jersey before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding transport of radioactive waste.

As General Counsel to the Nevada Public Service Commission, Mr. Kaplan managed the legal department and advised the Commission regarding the regulation of electric, gas, telecommunications, cable television and transportation industries. He represented the Commission before the Nevada Legislature in 1981 and 1983 and represented State of Nevada on case before U.S. Supreme Court involving jurisdiction of states over nuclear power plant siting.

After graduating law school Mr. Kaplan was a Staff Attorney to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, during which time he participated in the drafting of the Motor Carrier Regulatory Reform Act.

Mr. Kaplan received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law and attended Georgetown University for post-graduate legal studies; a MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and a B.S. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Mr. Kaplan has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble. In addition to the practice of law Mr. Kaplan has served as a member of the Founders Fifty Five (LV), a group who organized and operated the LV Invitational Golf Tournament for many years. He has also served as the President of the Las Vegas Music Festival. Mr. Kaplan received his varsity letter for basketball, as the manager of the University of Maryland Basketball team from 1970-73.

State Bar of Nevada
State Bar of California – inactive
U.S. Supreme Court
5th, 9th & 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
U.S. District Court of Nevada
AV rating – Martindale Hubbell
Administrative Law Committee – State Bar of Nevada 1986-1992
Former Founding Member, Founders 55s (LV Invitational Golf Tournament)
Past President & Board Member of Las Vegas Music Festival
National Visitors Council, University of Maryland, College Park
Varsity Letter, University of Maryland Basketball/Manager 1970-73

Speeches • Presentations • Publications
Guest Speaker at American Public Transportation Assoc. Legal Affairs Conferences