Jennifer Togliatti - Chair
Rosa Solis-Rainey was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Steve Sisolak on April 30, 2019. She joins the Commission with nearly 12 years of gaming industry experience and 18 years of legal experience. She is the managing partner of Morris Law Group in Las Vegas, where her practice includes representing businesses in all manner of commercial disputes, including litigating products liability claims, defamation actions, shareholder disputes, and professional liability claims, at both the trial and appellate levels.
Before joining Morris Law Group in 2006, Solis-Rainey clerked for the late Myron Leavitt on the Nevada Supreme Court, and for then-Chief Judge Philip M. Pro on the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Following her judicial clerkships, Solis-Rainey joined the litigation and administrative law departments at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. For nearly 12 years prior to and during law school, Solis-Rainey worked for Boyd Gaming Corporation where she served as Director of Internal Audit, Director of Regulatory Compliance, and as a member of the Board of Director's Audit and Compliance Committees.
Solis-Rainey is an A/V rated lawyer and is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Nevada. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. She is also an elected member of the American Law Institute. Solis-Rainey is dedicated to her community and volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations. She was awarded the Lied Award for Most Pro-Bono hours in her first year in private practice, and has consistently made pro bono work a part of her practice.
Solis-Rainey graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with Bachelor of Science degrees in public accounting and finance. She completed her Master of Business Administration degree from UNLV in 1989. She earned her Juris Doctorate from UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law in 2001 and is extremely proud to have been a member the Charter Class. During law school, she was a member of the Nevada Law Journal and received an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School. She is a lifetime member of the UNLV Alumni Association and is currently a member of the Boyd School of Law's Leadership Circle. She is also an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She is the proud mother of two sons, and resides in Henderson.
Steven B. Cohen
Steven B. Cohen was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Sisolak on May 17, 2019. He is a founding partner of Cohen|Johnson|Parker|Edwards. He devotes his law practice primarily to civil litigation, commercial real estate transactions and related finance, and advising business owners on a host of legal issues. Mr. Cohen has served as legal counsel for a number of public companies and business owners, involving complex litigation and business matters. Through his efforts, Mr. Cohen and the firm have obtained favorable verdicts for clients in contract disputes, negligence claims, transactions and many other areas.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada, the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Cohen is active in his community.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Cohen’s current and former clients include the Grand Sierra Resort, Treasure Island, Plaza Hotel & Casino, Poker Palace, Riviera Hotel and Casino, Frontier Hotel & Gambling Hall, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall and the Sahara Resort.
Mr. Cohen was a founding director of Community Bank of Nevada, and served on a number of philanthropic boards and charitable endeavors.
Mr. Cohen has been a resident of the Las Vegas Valley for more than 50 years. He holds degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.
Ogonna Brown was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Steve Sisolak in July 2020. Brown brings close to 20 years of legal experience to her role, primarily in the areas of complex business litigation and bankruptcy focusing on creditors’ rights. Recognized by her clients as a practical, business minded lawyer, she is collaborative and solution-oriented.
As a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Brown is passionate about mentoring up-and-coming lawyers and in taking on pro bono cases, staying highly active with the William S. Boyd School of Law’s mentoring programs and with Legal Aid of Southern Nevada. She is also active in the community, serving on the board of Shade Tree, Goodwill of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. Brown is a former office holder and board member of Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys and a barrister with the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court. Brown was inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy as Fellow in 2018.
Brown was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001-2002. She was a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2014 through 2016. During this time, she served as Lawyer Representative Co-Chair of the Nevada Delegation and member of the Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, District Conference Planning Committee and the Attorney Admission Fund Advisory Group Committee. While serving as a Lawyer Representative, Brown assisted the Bankruptcy Judges with presentations for the Bankruptcy Breakout Sessions at the Judicial District Conferences and attended and participated with the program for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conferences.
When she has the rare break in cases, Brown can be found traveling somewhere in the world, hiking to explore Nevada’s beautiful landscape or enjoying a dinner out at one of her favorite restaurants.
Ben Kieckhefer was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Steve Sisolak on October 11, 2021.
Prior to his appointment, Kieckhefer served in the Nevada State Senate for nearly 11 years, serving in six regular sessions of the Nevada Legislature, as well as numerous special sessions. During his tenure in the Senate, Kieckhefer held leadership positions as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Assistant Minority Floor Leader, as well as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Kieckhefer spent most of his time in the Legislature focusing on state budget and tax policy, as well as economic development, technology, and tourism. Some of his achievements include sponsoring and passing five pieces of legislation making Nevada a destination for blockchain technology companies, legislation creating the Esports Technical Advisory Committee to the Gaming Control Board, the development of alternative routes to licensure for Nevada’s teachers, and creating Nevada’s first need-based scholarship program for community college students.
In addition to his service on the Commission, Kieckhefer works full time for the Nevada law firm McDonald Carano and serves on the Board of Trustees of Sierra Nevada University.
Prior to his election in 2010, Kieckhefer served the State of Nevada as communications director for Nevada’s governor and public information officer for the Department of Health and Human Services. He is also a former journalist, having worked for the Reno Gazette-Journal and the Associated Press covering government and politics.
Among Kieckhefer’s numerous honors, he was recognized as a 2011 winner of Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network’s Twenty Under 40 awards and was selected as a Fellow in the 2013 class of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.
Kieckhefer and his wife April have four children.