Anton Mertens/Burr & Forman
Anton Mertens is a Partner in Burr & Forman’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.
Anton is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated attorney. He is involved in several professional organizations including: the Atlanta Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Global Commerce Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the Immigration Law section of the State Bar of Georgia, where he served as Chair from 2007 to 2009. Anton also served as the Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia from 2004 to 2006 and he is a Fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, Anton is a member of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Chapter of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Scott Williams/The Stonehaven Group – HR
Scott Williams is the founder of The Stonehaven Group-HR, LLC, an international human capital support and advisory firm. Started in 2001, TSG-HR employs a global network of human capital experts reporting to either TSG- HR’s North American office in Atlanta, or their London, England headquarters. Operating in 54 countries, TSG-HR’s staff of certified HR experts supports their clients of all industries with staff ranging from 25 to 600 associates. From full, turn-key support to highly specialized, Subject Matter Expertise (SME) projects, TSG-HR’s core belief is to customize their clients’ solution to fit their short and long term needs.
Over his career, Scott has held several domestic and international executive positions ending his corporate tenure as the Director (VP) of HR, North America for The Coca-Cola Company.
Scott is an angel investor and sits on the board of several start-up companies. He advises companies located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. He is sought out for his skills at maximizing human capital/cultural potential and reducing human capital functional costs.
Scott has appeared in/on The Wall Street Journal, The Tampa Tribune, Psychology today, SHRM, Good Morning Pittsburgh, PBS Pittsburgh/Tampa/Denver/San Diego/ Baltimore, Great Clips, I.S.S.A, IEHA national conventions, several Federal Regulatory panels and other media outlets.