When it comes to workers’ comp litigation, it takes a team.
Get to know the people who power our law firm, and who will fight hard to represent you and your family by securing the maximum benefits owed to you.
Benjamin Gerber is an experienced trial lawyer focusing his practice on helping those who have been injured on the job. He is also a founding partner of Gerber & Holder.
Ben has proved his expertise and skill time and time again. He has achieved the highest attorney rating of 10.0/10.0 Superb from Avvo. In addition, he has been named to the list of Rising Stars by Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine for 5 consecutive years, an honor reserved for less than 3% of the qualifying attorneys in the state.
Tom has represented injured workers in Georgia, as well as widows and families, since 1984. His goals are to help educate injured workers so that they know their rights. He is a certified mediator and a founding partner of Gerber & Holder.
Christopher Gifford has been practicing law for more than eight years, during which time he has worked exclusively in the field of worker’ compensation. For the first five years of practice, he represented employers and insurance companies where he gained extensive knowledge and insight into how work injury claims are handled from the other side.
Natalie E. Elkins devotes her career to the representation of injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and the appellate courts of Georgia. She has written and presented on many cases pertaining to Georgia workers’ compensation law.
Our legal team
Natasha Shepherd was born and raised in Atlanta. She is a proud “Grady baby” (born at Grady Memorial Hospital) and has been immersed in the Atlanta culture her entire life. Natasha attended Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Criminal Justice. Her college roommate helped Natasha get her first job as a legal assistant, and she has been hooked ever since.
Natasha has extensive experience in the legal field and works hard to ensure that injured workers obtain the rights they are granted under Georgia’s workers’ compensation statute. Prior to joining the law firm of Gerber & Holder, she worked for another large local law firm in their workers’ compensation department.
In her free time, Natasha enjoys cooking plant-based meals, blogging, and attending concerts and plays.
Marisha Mastrioni began working at the law firm of Gerber & Holder in 2018. She was born in California and lived there until she moved to Atlanta in 2014. Marisha attended California State University in Northridge for 2 years. She is currently enrolled at Georgia State University and is finishing up her degree in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship emphasis.
Marisha has worked in the workers’ compensation field since 2015. She loves helping individuals fight against the injustices and unfairness commonly found in the insurance companies. She finds her job purposeful and meaningful because she’s able to help educate clients on the laws and policies affecting their claim that they may not be aware of.
In her free time, Marisha is involved in several community-building activities, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta where she was a mentor. She also volunteers at Ebenezer Baptist Church. When she finishes her Bachelor’s degree, she wants to start a nonprofit for young adults who are transitioning from living with parents or relatives to living independently. In her spare time, Marisha co-hosts a weekly podcast called “The Unfinished Project” — a self-empowerment podcast where she discusses topics that are relevant to women who are on the path to their “life’s purpose.”
Bria was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended both Albany State University and Georgia State University for journalism. After college, she worked as a flight attendant for an airline based in Texas and got to see the country.
She has worked in the legal field for the past 6 years. Most recently, prior to joining the Gerber & Holder team, she worked at a large insurance defense firm in Sandy Springs.
In addition to her work with our firm, Bria provides volunteer administrative support and multimedia content for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. She also writes and host 2 podcasts, and regularly produces digital content for YouTube.
Jessy Rivera is a proud native Puerto Rican. Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, she moved to Atlanta at age 7 and attended high school in Gwinnett County. She has lived in Gwinnett County ever since.
Jessy has a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Georgia, and has been working with injured workers in the workers’ compensation field for over 15 years — the past 9 of which have been spent at the law firm of Gerber & Holder. She loves the challenge of fighting insurance companies and helping injured workers.
Jessy has been married for 20 years and is the mother of 2 girls, ages 19 and 16. She is a proud softball and cheer mom. She has a large extended family in Atlanta, and loves spending time with them as often as possible. She also enjoys music, dancing and decorating, especially for parties and events.