CARSON CITY - April 20, 2021
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Brittnie T. Watkins to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The appointment is effective on May 3, 2021.
“I am confident Brittnie is the right person for this crucial appointment,” said Gov. Sisolak. “Brittnie's impressive educational background and legal experience in the gaming industry will make her an excellent addition to Nevada’s Gaming Control Board and to our State. As Nevada’s gaming industry continues to recover from the Pandemic, it’s critical that we remain the gold standard and operate with the highest integrity, and I am confident Brittnie will help us achieve that goal.”
Dr. Brittnie Watkins joins the board after practicing complex commercial litigation as an attorney with Pisanelli Bice PLLC since 2016. Her practice areas include various forms of hotel and gaming litigation at the trial and appellate levels. In 2020, she became the first Black woman to be elected to the State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors, which oversees the legal profession.
Before earning a place in The Best Lawyers in America as a practicing attorney, Dr. Watkins served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Michael L. Douglas (Ret.) of the Supreme Court of Nevada, where she helped the Court make precedential legal determinations that ranged from intellectual property and gaming-related issues to constitutional and real property issues.
Dr. Watkins earned two bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University, with high honor in psychology and with honor in criminal justice. She also holds a master’s in criminal justice, Doctor of Philosophy in educational psychology, juris doctor, and a Master of Laws in gaming and regulation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her academic honors include selection to the Nevada Law Journal, the Dissertation of the Year Award, the Barbara Buckley Community Service Award, and the Roosevelt Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership.
Dr. Watkins is an avid community advocate. She contributes hundreds of hours to pro bono representation each year and is a leader in various community organizations. Her commitment to leading with service earned her the 2019 Access to Justice Award of Excellence from Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the Silver Service Award from the Public Interest Law Association, and the Circle of Support Award from the Clark County Bar Association. Dr. Watkins is a proud mother to three children.
Dr. Watkins will be replacing Board Member Terry Johnson who was originally appointed to the Nevada Gaming Control Board on November 12, 2012 and was reappointed in 2017.
“I am grateful for Terry Johnson’s valued contributions, his longtime service, and for his willingness to lend his expertise to our great State,” said Gov. Sisolak. “His dedication and continuity to this position has aided the Nevada Gaming Control Board in their efforts of working alongside the gaming industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I cannot thank Terry enough for his service to Nevada.”