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 the State of Nevada on a case before the 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.

Professional or Trade Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of California
  • ULI Nevada Chapter

Honors & Awards:

  • AV Preeminent rating Martindale Hubbell
  • Scholarship Certificate Delta Theta Phi, Southwestern U. School of law

Speaking Engagements:

  • APTA Legal Affairs Conferences; 13(c) and labor negotiations; FTA grants; start-up issues of new bus transit system. 1992, 1993, 1995

Community Involvement:

  • Administrative Law Committee, State Bar of Nevada 1986-1992
  • Former Founding Member, Founders 55s (Las Vegas Invitational Golf Tournament)
  • Las Vegas Music Festival, Past President & Board Member, 2001-2006


  • Varsity Letter, Basketball, University of Maryland (manager) 1971-72