J. Brin Gibson
Governor Steve Sisolak appointed J. Brin Gibson as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board on November 18, 2020.
Most recently, Mr. Gibson was a shareholder with a national law firm, where he practiced in the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Gaming, Water, and Government Affairs Divisions. He joined the firm after stepping down from the position of Chief Legal Officer to Governor Steve Sisolak at the beginning of 2020, but then rejoined the Governor and his staff for much of the summer of 2020, which included the two historic COVID-19 precipitated Special Legislative Sessions. In this position, Gibson was Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Sisolak and his staff, and to the Nevada executive branch agency directors, as such, who relied on him to guide them through legal questions in matters of ethics, transactions, and legislative matters as well as to support the protection of state interests in the gaming and cannabis industries.
Throughout his practice, and most relevantly over the prior year, Gibson has developed expertise advising venture-backed clients on legal matters including recognizing and mitigating unconscious bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms; data feed acquisition agreements; SaaS contracting; balancing data acquisition with personal privacy and civil liberty concerns; and in growing, protecting, and managing complex IP portfolios.
He worked as Chief of the Gaming Division of the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and as First Assistant Attorney General, and has served in several crucial appointed positions, including two terms as a member of the Colorado River Commission of Nevada.
Gibson studied as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and earned his bachelor of arts with Highest University Honors, a master of public policy, with a focus on econometrics and statistical methods, and his J.D., with Law Review honors, all from Brigham Young University. Gibson is the father of 4 children.
Terry Johnson was initially appointed to the Nevada Gaming Control Board on November 12, 2012 and was subsequently reappointed in 2017. Before joining the Board, Member Johnson served as the Director of the Nevada Department of Business & Industry, a cabinet-level position. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. He previously served in the cabinet of former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, and also served as the State Labor Commissioner for 5 years, receiving the Nevada Taxpayers Association’s “Good Government Award” for his accomplishments. He began his career in public service as the state’s Assistant Business Advocate, serving as a liaison between state government and small businesses.
Member Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from UNLV and a Juris Doctor degree from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. He is a Member of the State Bar of Nevada and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He actively participates in pro bono activities and has been recognized as “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” and “Lawyer of the Year” by legal organizations for his efforts.
Phil Katsaros was appointed a Board Member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board by Governor Steve Sisolak in April 2019. Katsaros’ term runs until January 28, 2023.
Katsaros has over 20 years of gaming industry experience, having served in a variety of positions and leadership roles during that time, including time spent as a regulator with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Much of Katsaros’ career has been focused on the international and online gaming sectors, where for example, he led efforts on a number of fronts for IGT’s international land-based business during a period of record growth. All told, Katsaros has gaming industry experience in over 70 international markets.
Katsaros was most recently the Chief Executive Officer and a Director for Certus Gaming USA, Inc., a gaming systems supplier whose parent company is based in Luxembourg. Prior to this, Katsaros served as the Head of Business Development for Inspired Gaming’s Virtual Sports business for both land-based and online casino markets in N. America. Before Inspired, Katsaros was employed by IGT and one of its international subsidiaries, with responsibility for regulatory compliance, technical compliance and related market development activities for all European and Asian jurisdictions (land-based) where IGT conducted business. Katsaros also spent time a number of years working for IGT’s online gaming side of the business.
Katsaros initially began his career in the industry with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, where he was first employed as an Agent in the Tax and License Division conducting regulatory and financial audits of Nevada licensees. Katsaros later transferred to the Corporate Securities Division where he was promoted to the position of Senior Agent, and later Special Agent. As a Special Agent, Katsaros was responsible for conducting and overseeing various types of investigative functions, including for instance, compliance reviews and licensing investigations of current and prospective Nevada licensees. Prior to his gaming career, he was an IT professional in the banking industry.
Katsaros earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the Eastern Michigan University. Katsaros currently resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife and their two daughters. Apart from his time spent living overseas, he been a resident of Reno for the last 20 years.