Anton F. Mertens
Firm:
Burr & Forman LLP
Phone:(404) 685-4267
Address: 171 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30363

Membership: Professional Associations•State Bar of Georgia, Immigration Law Section, Chair (2007-2009) •State Bar of Georgia, International Law Section, Chair (2004-2006) •Atlanta Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member •Global Comm
University: Mercer University, B.A., Mathematics, 1984, Mercer University School of Law, J.D., 1987
Admitted: 1987, Georgia
Biography: Anton F. Mertens is a Partner in the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group with a focus on immigration law. Anton's concentration consists of business immigration matters for investors, managers, executives and technical personnel. Anton's expertise includes business and professional visas, labor certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation and citizenship for foreign executives, managers and professionals. His background also includes consulting and advising clients on a number of employment issues including compliance procedures in verifying the work eligibility of new employees as required under the I-9 “workplace compliance” provisions of federal law.Anton has experience representing clients from various industries, including international companies, technology firms and subsidiaries of foreign corporations engaged in the computer, communications, chemical and engineering industries.Born in Brussels, Belgium, Anton is President of the Belgian-American Chamber of the South. In 2013, he was appointed by Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs to serve as Belgium's Advisor for Economic Diplomacy for State of Georgia. In addition, Anton is the President-Elect of the Mercer Law School Alumni Board of Directors and he also serves as Chair of the Brussels, Belgium, Sister City Committee on the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission.He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Mercer University in 1984 and his J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1987. Anton is fluent in Dutch and French and is admitted to practice law in Georgia. Anton is a frequent lecturer and has authored a number of articles dealing with corporate immigration matters.Publications:• Build a Better Mousetrap and the World Will Beat a Path to Your Door: Can the Employment-Based Immigration Process Be Improved? John Marshall Law Journal (Law Review), Spring 2012 (Volume V, Number 2). • State Immigration Laws Add to Employer's Hiring Burdens, Human Resources, Summer Edition, 2008. • Best Client Practices in Business Immigration, Inside the Minds: Immigration Law Client Strategies (2008):59-70. • Not Enough Engineers in Waycross? Try Warsaw. Georgia Engineer, February/March 2008 Issue (Volume 15, Issue 1). Honors & Awards•Belgium Advisor for Economic Diplomacy in the State of Georgia •Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Attorney •Georgia Trend Magazine's Legal Elite 2012 •Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Immigration (2013-2015) •Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law (2015-2016) Community Involvement•Mercer University Law School Alumni Association, Board of Directors, President-Elect (2015), Secretary (2012-2014) •Boy Scouts of America, Co-Teacher •Rivers Elementary PTA, Dad's Committee •Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Member •High Museum of Art, Member •Fernbank Museum, Member •Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Member PUBLICATIONS•Atlanta Business Chronicle: Will Immigration Crisis Undermine Manufacturing? •Burr Alert: Federal Government Expands Enforcement of Immigration Laws through Site Inspections and Employee Interviews •Burr Alert: Settlement of HB 56 Lawsuit means permanent injunction against some provisions of Alabama's Immigration Law •Burr Alert: Government Shutdown •Burr Alert: How Immigration Reform Can Attract Increased Tourism Revenue •What Comprehensive Immigration Reform May Mean to Your Business • Inside Counsel: Labor: Will border security derail immigration reform? •Burr Alert: H-1B Visas for Foreign Professionals Are No Longer Available for FY 2014 •Burr Alert: USCIS Introduces New Form Speaking Engagements•Anton Mertens to Present Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta Webcast •Anton Mertens to Speak at the North Georgia HR Network Luncheon •Speaker, Anton Mertens and Anna Scully, American Immigration Lawyers Association Georgia-Alabama Chapter Conference •Co-Presided, Panel at the 15th Annual Legal Ethics & Professionalism Symposium •Host, Mercer University School of Law's Cocktails & Conversations