Thomas L. Holder

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Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Gerber & Holder Attorneys at Law
 | 16 Lenox Pointe NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: 678-802-8650
Fax: 404-592-6202
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Attorney Profile

Thomas L. Holder is a partner at the law firm of Gerber & Holder. Prior to his joining Gerber & Holder in 2018, Mr. Holder was the managing partner of Long & Holder, which was established in 1986. Mr. Holder exclusively represents injured workers in Georgia workers' compensaiton cases. Thanks to his focus, he is a recognized leader in the state of Georgia and nationwide.  He is the current President of WILG, a natonal organization made up of the leading workers' compensaton attorneys from around the country. Countless injured workers from throughout DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties turn to him each year for assistance pursuing the benefits they need to allow them to recover and remain financially secure while going through the workers' compensatoin process.

Mr. Holder earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1981. The State Bar of Georgia granted him admission later that same year. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit also granted him admission in 1981.

With 35 years of legal experience in state, federal and appellate courts to his credit, it is not surprising that Mr. Holder is the recipient of a number of honors. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has a "Superb" Avvo rating. In addition, he is a fellow of the Knights of the Bar, which is a prestigious group only offering membership to lawyers who are not only successful but also proven leaders.

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Holder is a respected leader in the legal community. He has taught a number of Continuing Legal Education classes and spoken at countless seminars. In addition, he currently serves on the board of directors of Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group, where he is also secretary, and he is also a long-time board member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association's Workers' Compensation Section.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
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About Thomas Holder

Admitted: 1981, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.gerberholderlaw.com/work-injury-lawyer-attorney-...

Honors/Awards:

  • AV, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Fellow, The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 2010
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, Blue Ribbon Selection Committee, 2008 - 2009
  • Outstanding Young Men of America, 1986
  • 2004-2019 2012 – 2013 & 2015 - 2019, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Fellow, Lawyers' Foundation of Georgia
  • Fellow, Knights of the Bar, 2016
  • Avvo.Com Rating of 10.0 out of 10

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Founding Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association., 1987
  • President of the Workplace Injury & Litigation Group (WILG).  WILG is the national claimants' lawyer organization, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Secretary, 2015 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section, Chair, 1986 - 1989
  • Employee Co-Chair of the Workers' Compensation Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1981
  • WC Section of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1992 - 2016
  • State Bar of Georgia Workers’ Compensation, Chair, 2000 - 2001
  • Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia, 2000
  • Georgia, 1981
  • Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group, Secretary, 2015 - 2016
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers’ Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, Board Member, 1992 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Math Superstars Volunteer, Mary Lin Elementary School, 2000 - 2005
  • The Temple, Member, Board of Trustees, 2007 - 2009
  • Holiday Helping Hands, Inc., 2013 - 2016
  • Grady HS Boys Soccer Team, Public Address Announcer, 2012
  • Inman Park Neighborhood Association, President, 1996 - 1998
  • The Temple, Chairman, Men's Club, 2007 - 2009
  • Chairman, Kids Chance, Inc., "Fun Run," 1992
  • Atlanta Youth Soccer Association, Team Mgr, 2006 - 2012
  • Board of Directors, Friends of Inman Park, 2006
  • The Temple, Member
  • The Temple, High Holidays Usher Captain, 2004-continuing
  • Kids' Chance, 1992 - 2016
  • Youth Basketball Coach, 2000 - 2009

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • If It's Personal, It's None of Your Business, State Board of Workers' Compensation Seminar, 2007
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation, NBI Seminar, 2006 - 2008
  • Moderator, Legal Workshop, State Board of Workers' Compensation Seminar, 2004 - 2005
  • Preparing a Case for the Claimant, Georgia Workers' Compensation Practice, Half Moon, LLC, 2003
  • Associate Editor, The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - 2007
  • Legal Potpourri, State Board of Workers' Compensation Seminar, 2003
  • “New Circumstances, New Injury? Defining the Conceptual Limits of the ‘Fictional’ New Accident” , WC Section of the State Bar Newsletter, Spring, 2010
  • The State of the Maloney Burden Today, Workers' Compensation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association Annual Seminar, 2003
  • “Workers’ Compensation Legal Issues”, AgriTrust of Georgia Agents’ Conference, 2016
  • Employment Related Health Issues and Concerns, Poor People's Day at the Capitol, Health Care Workshop, 2002
  • “Conservators and Death Claims-Special Considerations”, ADR in the Workers’ Compensation Arena, ICLE of Georgia, 2016
  • Moderator, Legal Workshop, State Board of Workers' Compensation Seminar, 2001 - 2002
  • American Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference, Program Co-Chair, 2015
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation in Georgia, National Business Institute, 2001
  • “Mock Trial; DeCATting an Over 65 Year Old Injured Worker”, Atlanta Claims Association Seminar, 2015
  • Selected Issues in Workers' Compensation Law, National Business Institute, 2001
  • Medical Issues and Their Role in the Complex Workers' Compensation Claim, National Business Institute, 2001
  • Complex Workers’ Compensation Issues, NBI, 2014
  • Attorneys' Fees, National Business Institute, 2001
  • “The 400 Week Medical Cap in Georgia”, Workers’ Injury & Litigation Group, 2014
  • Preparation of the Injured Employee's Case, National Business Institute, 2001
  • “Claims Handling”, State Board of Workers’ Compensation Regional Seminar, 2013
  • Legal Issues of Workers' Compensation and the LNC Challenge: Workers' Compensation and the Legal Nurse Consultant, AALNC and ICLE, 2000
  • Workers' Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference, Employee Program Co-Chair, American Bar Association
  • Chairman, Workers' Compensation for the General Practitioner, State Bar of Georgia Workers' Compensation Section, 2000
  • Workers' Compensation: Global Washout Agreements, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2012
  • Victory Baptist Church, Local Cable Access, Guest commentator on Workers' Compensation issues, 2000
  • “Death Claims: A Strategy for Determining Dependency Benefits”, WC Institute and State Board of Workers’ Compensation Annual Seminar, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Georgia State University, Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, 1999
  • Journey Back to Life Rehabilitation Conference, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Georgia State University, Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, 1994 - 1995
  • Litigating Death Cases and Dependency Benefits, Workers' Compensation Law Institute, 2012
  • Labor Forum, WRFG-FM, Regular Commentator on Workers' Compensation Issues
  • The Searchers - Panel Presentation & Physician Led Round Table Discussions on the Role of Vocational Rehabilitation & Case Management in Workers' Compensation, State Board of WC Seminar, 2011
  • Settling your CAT Claim: The End Result, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP Seminar, 2011
  • Professionalism-A Primer on Practicing Before the State Board of Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation for the General Practitioner, State Bar of Georgia Workers' Compensation Section, 2011
  • Calculation of Compensation Ratings and Settlements in Workers' Compensation Cases, Winning Settlement Strategies, ICLE of Georgia, 2011 - 2012
  • Litigation Techniques for the Difficult Workers' Compensation Case, Georgia Public Schools WC Administrators Annual Conference, 2011
  • Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation, Professional Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia Seminar, 2011
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation, NBI Seminar, 2010 - 2011
  • Co-Chair, Workers' Compensation Institute, 2010
  • Recent Decisions of the Appellate Division, Workers' Compensation Institute, 2009
  • Professionalism, Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2009
  • Anatomy of Workers' Comp and the LNCs Role, AALNC Atlanta Chapter Luncheon, 2009
  • Anatomy of Workers' Comp and the LNCs Role, Georgia Legal Nurse Consultant Society, 2009
  • Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation, Professional Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia Seminar, 2009
  • Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation, Professional Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia Seminar, 2007

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Injured Worker vs. Employer/Insurer, Outcome: 1,000,000 plus a $382,922.00 MSA
  • Widow and Dependent Step-Child vs. Employer/Insurer.  The key to the case was proving that the dependent step-daughter was, in fact, dependent.  Once that was accomplished, we were able to settle the cases for $238,000, 2019
  • Injured Worker vs. Employer/Insurer, Outcome: $450,000 plus medical bills
  • Builders Ins. Group v. Ker-Wil Enterprises, 274 Ga. App. 522 (2005)
  • Client vs. Employer/Insurer, Outcome: 300,000 plus a 200,000 MSA

Representative Clients:

  • Widow and Dependent Step-Child vs. Employer/Insurer.  The key to the case was proving that the dependent step-daughter was, in fact, dependent.  Once that was accomplished, we were able to settle the cases for $238,000, 2019

Educational Background:

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, B.A., Major: History/Political Science, 1977
  • Emory U. School of Law, 1981
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Office Location for Thomas L. Holder

16 Lenox Pointe NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Phone: 678-802-8650

Fax: 404-592-6202

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