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 and assisting developers and investors using the immigrant investor visa program (EB-5).
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.
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.