Burr & Forman

Anton F. Mertens

Anton F. Mertens
  • J.D., Mercer University School of Law (1987)
  • B.A., Mercer University (1984)
  • 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
  • Global Commerce Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair
  • President of the Belgian-American Chamber of the South
  • Transition Into Law Practice Program, Mentor, State Bar of Georgia
  • Lawyer's Club of Atlanta
  • Chair of the Brussels, Belgium, Sister City Committee on the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission
  • Mercer University Law School Alumni Association, Board of Directors, President (2015-2018), Secretary (2012-2014)
  • Belgium Advisor for Economic Diplomacy in the State of Georgia
  • Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Immigration (2013-2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law (2015-2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating
  • Corporate America News, Legal Elite "Immigration Attorney of the Year - Georgia" (2016)
  • Georgia Trend Magazine's Legal Elite (2012)
  • Atlanta Sister Cities Commission Foundation, Treasurer
  • Officer's Cross of the Order of Leopold
  • Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Member
  • Atlanta United FC, Founding Member

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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.