Office Address

Phone Number

404-873-8612

Fax Number

404-873-8613

Email Address

teri.simmons@agg.com

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Firm Website

http://www.agg.com/

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Firm

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Main Office Address

171 17th Street Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30363-1031
United States

Office Locations

Atlanta and Washington, DC

Firm Phone Number

404-873-8500

Firm Fax Number

404-873-8675

Personal Background

Teri A. Simmons is a partner in and leads the International Immigration and Naturalization Practice. She also serves as practice leader of the German Business Practice. Ms. Simmons has been practicing law since 1989 and has represented companies as large as the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, for which she managed visa processing for thousands.

Ms. Simmons focuses her practice on the management of legal services supporting foreign-owned business entities and individuals investing in the United States in the areas of corporate, employment and immigration law. As an immigration lawyer, she manages companies’ global immigration needs through the Employment/ Immigration Law Alliance as well as both U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing for businesses and families (temporary work visas and green cards), immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions and immigration reform and control act compliance. Under Ms. Simmons’ leadership, AGG’s Immigration Practice Team was hailed by the Legal 500 as having “one of the most prominent reputations for immigration law in the Southeast of the United States.”

Ms. Simmons is very active in the international community. Fluent in written and spoken German, she serves on the Boards of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern U.S., the German American Cultural Foundation and the German School of Atlanta. She manages the legal needs of German-owned corporations throughout the U.S. She has been featured in Atlanta Woman magazine in an article titled “Bringing the German Ways to Law” (December 2008). Ms. Simmons also serves on the Board and is past president of the Georgia-Indo American Chamber of Commerce and is quoted in a June 2009 GlobalAtlanta.com article titled “Atlanta, Georgia Reach Out to India.”

Ms. Simmons serves as chair of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission, which supports Atlanta's relationship and exchange in the areas of economic development, education, sports and humanitarian aid with 18 cities around the world. In 2011, the Commission won the Sustainable Development—Energy Award for its international conference entitled “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Atlanta Sister Cities Economic Development Global Partnership Forum 2010,” and in 2009, the Commission won the award for Innovation for Sustainable Development programming. In May 2009, she was quoted in a GlobalAtlanta.com article titled “Award Energizes Atlanta Sister Cities Partnerships.” She also serves on the Board of the Atlanta Council for International Relations.

Ms. Simmons works frequently on legislative initiatives supporting U.S. economic development and business immigration initiatives, having served as the chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and on its national Customs and Border Protection Committee. She is also actively involved in the Employment Law Alliance, AGG's Global Partner Alliance of firms supporting the global movement of personnel. She is a frequent speaker for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, multiple international chambers of commerce and foreign associations on international business and immigration law.


Firm Background

Ellis Arnall, Sol I. Golden and Cleburne Gregory, Jr. founded the firm in 1949 after receiving significant recognition for their individual achievements in the practice of law and public service. Arnall was a nationally recognized litigator and served as Attorney General of Georgia before becoming Governor of Georgia from 1943 to 1947. Golden developed a reputation as a skillful attorney versed in innovative corporate financing techniques. Gregory worked as Assistant Attorney General and helped Governor Arnall end unequal freight rates that favored northern industrial states, which brought about a post-war economic boom throughout the southern U.S. 

During the past six decades, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP established a strong record of helping growing enterprises become industry leaders. Today our team of attorneys, who practice in more than 25 areas of law, continues to expand AGG's reputation for helping public and private companies successfully grow their business. 

AGG is committed to staying on the leading edge of new developments that affect our clients' industries and business strategies. We're ready to help a new generation of emerging companies achieve success.


Firm Practice Areas

Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Financial Restructuring: Commercial Lending, Distressed Assets and Workouts, Real Estate

Closely-Held and Family Business: Commercial Lending, Complex Business Disputes, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Estate Administration, Estate and Gift Tax Disputes, Estate Controversy Litigation, Estate Tax Return Preparation, Family Buy/Sell Agreements, Closely-held and Family Businesses, Fiduciary Representation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Partnership Planning, Pre-IPO and Other Liquidity Event Planning, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Securities and Corporate Governance, Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures, Tax, Wealth Transfer Planning

Corporate and Securities: Commercial Lending, Corporate Tax, Economic Development, Emerging Companies, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Franchising, Healthcare Information Technology, Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions, Mergers and Acquisitions, Privacy and Data Protection, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Securities and Corporate Governance, Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures, Water Management

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: Employer Counseling, Employment Litigation, Employment Migration, Restrictive Covenant and Competition Disputes, ERISA Litigation

Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Employer Counseling, Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Immigration and Global Migration, Employment Migration, Restrictive Covenant and Competition Disputes

Environmental: Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate

Food and Drug: Food and Drug, Food and Drug Compliance and Litigation, Government Investigations and White Collar Crime, Intellectual Property

Government and Regulatory: Consumer Regulatory, Economic Development, Food and Drug; Food Safety Modernization Act Regulation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Government Contracts, Government Investigations and Special Matters, Healthcare, Privacy and Data Protection, Alternative and Renewable Energy, Water Management

Government Investigations and White Collar Crime: False Claims Act Defense, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Government Investigations and Special Matters, Securities Enforcement and Litigation

Healthcare: Appellate Practice, Arbitration; Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Financial Restructuring, Certificate of Need, Change of Ownership, Electronic Healthcare Information, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation; Employment; False Claims Act Defense, Government Investigations and Special Matters, Healthcare Information Technology, Healthcare Litigation; Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions
Healthcare Provider Financing, Healthcare Tax, HIPAA and Healthcare Privacy, Institutional Licensure; Institutional Medicaid and Medicare Certification, Legislative Policy, Managed Care Relationships, Healthcare Real Estate, Professional and Liability Defense, RAC and MIC Audits and Appeals, Stark / Self-Referral

Immigration and Global Migration

Intellectual Property: Brand Strategy and Management, Copyright, Due Diligence, False Advertising, International IP Strategy, Internet Protection and Litigation, IP Transactions, Licensing, Marketing and Promotions, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution and Counseling, Privacy and Data Protection, Social Networking, Trade Secret Prosecution and Litigation, Trademark, Trademark and Trade Dress Litigation, Antitrust Litigation

International Business: Alternative and Renewable Energy, Customs, Economic Development, Export Controls, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, German Business, Immigration and Global Migration, Inbound Foreign Investment, International Arbitration, International Privacy, International Tax, Israel Business, Logistics and Transportation, U.S. Inbound Market Entry

Litigation: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Financial Restructuring, Complex Business Disputes, Directors and Officers Litigation, Electronic Discovery, Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Food and Drug Compliance and Litigation, Government Investigations and Special Matters, Healthcare Litigation, Insurance Coverage, International Arbitration, Media Defense, Real Estate Litigation, Employment Migration, Restrictive Covenant and Competition Disputes, Securities Enforcement and Litigation, Antitrust Litigation

Logistics and Transportation: Food and Drug, Food Safety Modernization Act Regulation, Government Investigations and Special Matters, International Arbitration, Logistics and Transportation Litigation, Logistics and Transportation Operations and Transactions

Privacy and Consumer Regulatory: Consumer Regulatory, Data Breach Response, Government Affairs and Public Policy, International Privacy, Privacy and Data Protection, PCI Compliance

Private Wealth: Charitable Planning, Estate Administration, Estate and Gift Tax Disputes, Estate Controversy Litigation, Estate Tax Return, Preparation, Family Buy/Sell Agreements, Fiduciary Representation, Partnership Planning, Pre-IPO and Other Liquidity Event Planning, Representation of Senior Corporate Executives, Wealth Transfer Planning

Real Estate: Affordable Housing, Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights and Financial Restructuring, Commercial Lending, Distressed Assets and Workouts, Economic Development, Environmental, Foreclosure, Franchising, Healthcare Real Estate, Hospitality and Resort, Inbound Foreign Investment, Industrial and Warehouse, Leasing, Mixed Use Development, Multifamily Residential, Office Buildings, Portfolio Acquisitions, Private Equity and Real Estate Funds, Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Tax, Retail, Tax Credit Finance

Tax: Corporate Tax, Healthcare Tax, International Tax, Real Estate Tax

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