About Ross, Burriss & Handelman

Experienced. Responsive. Dedicated.

Ross, Burriss & Handelman provides general liability and workers' compensation legal defense throughout Georgia for insurers, TPA's and employers.

Ross, Burriss & Handelman represents a wide range of clients which include multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, businesses with multiple locations throughout the State, "mom & pop" business models, insureds, self-insureds, group funds and the State of Georgia itself.

Through constant communication with its clients, the firm strives to provide the best legal advice and court room defense representation available. While each individual case file is important, the implementation of a risk management program or analysis of existing loss prevention systems yields long term savings and claims avoidance benefits.

Ross, Burriss & Handelman can assist you with such programs. The firm offers seminars to insurers and employers for up to date best practices on claims management, aggressive hiring procedures, post-accident investigation and successful return to work strategies.

C. Todd Ross
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Todd S. Handelman
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Eric M. Nestale
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Amanda K. Goff
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C. Todd Ross

C. Todd Ross, a native of Dothan, Alabama, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 from the University of Georgia. In 1997 Todd graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. After graduation from Mercer, Todd was inducted into the Order of the Barristers.

Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1997, Todd is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, and the Georgia Court of Appeals. He is very active with the Georgia Association of Manufacturers. Todd represents several individual members of the association and has served as outside counsel to the association itself. Additionally, he has presented on the topic of workers' compensation at the association's annual HR/Plant Managers conference since 2009.

His law practice specializes in insurance defense litigation, workers' compensation defense and premises liability defense. Also, Todd is a Special Assistant Attorney General who defends workers' compensation claims on behalf of Georgia's Attorney General. Todd is very active in the community through his church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Albany Chapter. In 1990, Todd married his high school sweetheart and they have three children.

Ernest R. "Buck" Burriss, IV

Buck grew up in Leesburg, Georgia, and currently lives in Albany. After obtaining his Associate of Arts degree from Darton College and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Since returning home, his practice has focused on the defense of Employers, Insurers, and Self-Insured entities in workers' compensation matters throughout Georgia. Clients frequently contact him for advice concerning exposure mitigation, medical management of claims, and return to work issues. Buck frequently speaks on issues relating to workers' compensation to employers and human resource professionals throughout the state. He takes pride in his availability to his clients and his responsiveness to their needs.

Away from work, Buck is an avid wakeboarder and outdoorsman.

Todd S. Handelman

Todd represents many public and private employers. He is well known for his statewide workers' compensation practice, which is successful in part due to his vigorous defense strategies and extensive experience. Todd has successfully defended many employers in significant cases, including the City of Albany before the Georgia Supreme Court in the case of Abernathy v. City of Albany, 269 Ga. 88 (1998), which protects employers and their insurers from liability for a purely psychological work injury. He is at the forefront of legal developments in workers' compensation. Todd and his wife Bonita, share a passion for traveling and spending time with family.

Todd was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964. He is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Todd earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia in 1989. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1989, Todd is also admitted to the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association and is also active in the Georgia Self Insurers Association and the Atlanta Claims Association.

Eric M. Nestale

Eric Nestale joined the firm in August 2013 and was admitted to the Georgia Bar the same year. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nestale gained valuable experience while working for the Appellate Division of the State Board of Workers' Compensation where he reviewed pending matters, researched unique legal topics, and prepared overviews for the judges and staff.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Nestale has been handling and litigating cases for employers/insurers, both big and small, all over the State of Georgia over the last five years. He uses his experience to develop strategies and offer solutions that will not only assist in the defense of workers' compensation claims but also assist clients in avoiding future obstacles.

In addition to his experience handling and litigating claims, Mr. Nestale has hosted multiple seminars around the State instructing and assisting employers/insurers with their human resources department and workers' compensation programs.

Amanda K. Goff

Born in Savannah, Georgia, Amanda graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2001. She earned her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2005 and became a member of the Florida Bar in 2006. In Florida, Amanda represented the Department of Children and Families involving cases of child abuse and neglect.

After moving back to Georgia, Amanda became a member of the Georgia Bar. She and her husband, Ben, have two children. Amanda primarily represents employers in defending workers' compensation claims. She also assists disabled children and adults obtain Social Security benefits.

Amanda is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida, Dougherty Circuit Bar Association, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, and the Georgia Court of Appeals. She was a member of the 2012 graduating class of Leadership Lee, was named one of Southwest Georgia's Top Forty under Forty in 2013, and is very active in the Junior League of Albany, Inc.