In virtually every industry, it often takes young professionals several years to establish themselves before making meaningful impacts. This was not the case for Erica Okerberg, an associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Okerberg graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law in 2013, and has quickly established herself as a thought leader within gaming law. As one colleague notes, “Although an associate, she is already an influencer in the industry not only because of the success she has helped her clients achieve, but because of her commitment to advising clients.”
Okerberg was drawn to gaming by two seemingly paradoxical characteristics of the industry—innovation and tradition.
“I was attracted to the gaming industry because it is a unique balance of innovation and tradition,” she explains. “Certain elements have been carried over for many years, but they are blended with cutting-edge technology.”
Okerberg’s interest in the industry influenced her to study law at the epicenter of the domestic gaming industry, Las Vegas, after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2010.
Okerberg’s interest in the evolution of the gaming industry is apparent in her work. As a colleague explains, “Okerberg is a forward thinker who will continue to contribute to the gaming industry for years to come.”
Having counseled clients regarding both social gaming and skill games, Okerberg is truly at the forefront of the industry. From her own perspective, the most interesting and challenging aspects of the industry are one and the same.
“The most enjoyable and challenging part of gaming law is the fact that gaming is regulated by each jurisdiction with varying rules that evolve with the industry,” she says.
Reflecting on her career thus far, Okerberg feels fortunate to be a part of and learn from the Greenberg Traurig staff.
“Greenberg Traurig embraces associates and encourages them to grow,” she explains. “There are many internal and development resources. Management is very supportive of each associate’s goals and offers as much assistance as possible.”
When asked if there was a specific mentor who has had an important impact on her gaming career thus far, Okerberg was quick to call out Mark Clayton. “He has been a wonderful mentor, guiding me in all facets of gaming law,’” she exclaims.
Recognizing that Okerberg has found success early on in her gaming career, young professionals in the industry would be wise to learn from her experience.
As for her advice to gaming’s emerging leaders, Okerberg encourages them to “learn everything they can about the industry. Consider how gaming has evolved. Find a mentor and ask for advice.”