Natasha Wilson’s steady rise from associate to co-chair of Atlanta’s Labor & Employment Practice at global law firm Greenberg Traurig (GT) is a testament to her dedication to the practice of law and to the firm.

As the first woman to serve in this position, she has welcomed every challenge inherent to GT’s dynamic client-driven practice and sought new opportunities to help strengthen her community. She exemplifies the firm’s commitment to excellent client service, professionalism and charitable spirit. Colleagues say Wilson demonstrates by example, and through compassion on behalf of clients and in the community, influencing those around her to not only be better attorneys, but also better people.

Wilson has worked on several high-profile cases and been instrumental in GT achieving positive verdicts for clients, demonstrating subject-matter expertise and outstanding leadership skills. She defends clients regarding employment issues before courts and administrative agencies on federal and state levels, and issues involving prevention and compliance.

A source of achievement Wilson sites is the skilled, knowledgeable and diverse team of attorneys, paralegals and staff she has assembled, who make it their goal to provide superior client services on a daily basis.

Since 2013, Wilson has served as co-liaison to GT’s Associate Committee and mentors young associates firmwide. She serves the greater Atlanta community as a board member for both the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

Despite her steady professional rise, Wilson has encountered obstacles that she turned into opportunities. “As an African American, female shareholder in the legal field, where less than 1% of us are represented in majority law firms, I routinely encounter challenging situations in practicing law. But my response to each situation is the same – I treat the encounter as a stepping stone, a learning experience and an opportunity for growth,” she recounts.

Drawing on her own experience, Wilson counsels women early in their careers to believe in themselves. “Great mentoring moments don’t always need to come from other people,” she explains. “They can come from having the discipline to reflect and be honest about what is most important. The gift of self-evaluation, self-reflection and self-motivation is priceless. Take charge of your own professional development and never give up on yourself.”