Laurel C. Schmitt

Laurel C. Schmitt born Mayfield Heights, Ohio, April 27, 1972; admitted to bar 1999, Georgia. Education: Western Michigan University (B.A., magna cum laude 1994); Georgia State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude 1999). Member: Georgia State University Moot Court, 1997-1999; Intrastate Moot Court Team, 1998; National Moot Court Team 1998. Awards: Best Oralist, Appellate Advocacy; Best Brief and Best Overall Team Region V National Moot Court Competition.


Mark S. Gannon

Mark S. Gannon is a founding member of the Atlanta Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. He is Managing Partner of the law firm of Savell & Williams, L.L.P. where he has practiced since he graduated from Emory Law School in 1976. He earned his B.A. cum laude from Marquette University in 1971. Savell & Williams’ practice is primarily insurance defense in the areas of liability and workers’ compensation. 

Mark was the chair of the Atlanta Bar Workers’ Compensation Section in 1989-1990. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section since 1996 and as a member of the State Board Rules & Mediation Committee since 1994. He was recently appointed to the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Commission by Governor Barnes. He is also a member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Mark has participated in many seminars sponsored by the Atlanta Bar and State Bar on a variety of topics in the past. He may be reached at msg@savellwilliams.com or (404) 521-1282.


Miles L. Gammage

Miles L. Gammage: Member of the firm of Mundy & Gammage, P.C., Cedartown, Georgia 30125 representing only injured workers. Member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; Workers Compensation Claimant Lawyers Association; American Trial Lawyers Association; American Bar Association; Georgia State Bar; Polk County, Floyd County and Atlanta Bar Association; Executive Committee member of the Trial Lawyers and Compensation Lawyers Association.


Nicole Wong

Nicole graduated from Clemson University in 2010 and received her J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 2014. While in law school, she was a member of the Mock Trial team, served a term as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association, and received two CALI Awards for Academic Excellence in Legal Writing and Transactional Drafting. Nicole began her legal career as an Assistant Solicitor in Gwinnett County. She has first-chaired jury trials and bench trials, argued motions, and has extensive experience in plea negotiations.


The Honorable Julie Y. John

Julie Y. John is an administrative law judge for the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Ms. John received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with high honors from the University of Tennessee. She is a cum laude graduate of the Cumberland School of Law where she was a member of the Cumberland Law Review and Chairman of the Cumberland Research Board.

Prior to her appointment as an administrative law judge, Ms. John was a staff attorney/public information officer for the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Before her association with the State Board, Ms. John was in private law practice with an emphasis on workers’ compensation.  

Ms. John is a member of the Atlanta, Georgia and American Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. John is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues and mediation.


Thomas L. Holder, Esq.

THOMAS L. HOLDER received his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in 1977 and his J.D. from Emory University in 1981. He is an AV rated attorney who has worked since 1986 as a name partner in the firm of Long & Holder, LLP, (www.longandholder.com) specializing in Workers’ Compensation law. 

Mr. Holder is the current Chairman of the State Bar of Georgia Workers’ Compensation Section, the founder and first Chairman of the Atlanta Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. 

Mr. Holder is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He may be reached at tom@longandholder.com or (404) 523-6100.


William N. Anderson

William N. Anderson received his BA in 1990 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his Juris Doctor from Mercer University in 1993. While in law school, he was a member of the law review (1991-1993), received the Dean’s Public Service Award, and was the Co-Chair of the 1993 National Conference of Law Reviews.

He is a partner with the law firm of Hamilton, Westby, Antonowich & Anderson, where his primary area of practice is workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Anderson often speaks to employers, insurers, and self-insurers regarding workers’ compensation issues. He is the co-founder of GA WorkersComp, and may be reached at bill@gaworkerscomp.com or (404)-872-3500.