Teri A. Simmons

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8613
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Teri, a partner and chair of the International Immigration & Global Mobility practice and leader of the German Business team, has practiced at AGG for more than 28 years. She advises individuals and foreign-owned businesses as they invest in operations across the United States. Her practice is multifaceted, encompassing immigration, corporate, compliance and employment law as she works with clients. As an immigration lawyer, Teri manages companies’ global immigration needs. She utilizes the Employment Law Alliance as well as 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.

Fluent in German, Teri manages the legal needs of German-owned corporations throughout the United States. She is very active in the international community and is featured in articles focusing on international business and legal topics. She is often found at the forefront of pressing issues, supporting Atlanta’s relationship and exchange in the areas of economic development, education, sports and humanitarian aid with cities around the world. Teri represents companies of all sizes. She counsels businesses as large as the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, for which she managed visa processing for thousands of individuals.  Under her leadership, AGG’s Immigration practice was hailed by The Legal 500 as having “one of the most prominent reputations for immigration law in the Southeast of the United States.” Teri has been individually recognized by The Legal 500, Chambers USA as Band 1 for Immigration, and Chambers Global for her foreign expertise in Germany where one source said, “She’s one of the best legal minds out there in corporate legal practice.” Teri is also recognized by Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, Women in the Law, and Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite.”

Teri is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law where she teaches Business Immigration Law. 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. She was also an American Jewish Committee Scholar, traveling to Israel with the AJC Georgia Study Group.

Teri dutifully serves her community to improve conditions for both individuals and businesses. She is often publicly recognized for her efforts. For example, Teri was the former 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.”

Experience

  • Represented NIIT in connection with global immigration requirements, including visa and work permit processing; managing the immigration consequences of mergers,acquisitions and compliance.

  • Regularly manage immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing on behalf of a German company that is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines.

  • Represented the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Inc. in connection with global immigration matters, processing thousands of visas in the areas of broadcasting, IT, culture and the arts, and athletics.

Credentials

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctor — 1989
  • University of Tubingen, Post-graduate studies — 1986
  • University of Virginia, Master of Arts - German Studies — 1985
  • Furman University, Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics and German — 1983
  • State of Georgia 1989
  • Georgia Court of Appeals 1990
  • Supreme Court of Georgia 1990
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, The University of Georgia School of Law
    • Sister Cities International Board, At-large Member
    • Atlanta Sister Cities Commission (Past Chair)
    • Atlanta Council of International Relations Board
    • Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta, Member
    • German American Chamber of Commerce for the Southeastern United States Board
    • German School of Atlanta Inc. Board, General Counsel
    • Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Board (past President)
    • Global Immigration Group, Employment Law Alliance
    • State Bar of Georgia, Bar Examinations Grader, 2009-present
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association, CBP Liaison Director
    • Who’s Who Legal: Georgia’s Leading Business Lawyers Corporate Immigration Chapter
    • Global Council of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
    • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
    • Old War Horse Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • German ( Fluent )

Recognition

Georgia Super Lawyers (Immigration and International), 2004-20

The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2013-18, 2020

Best Lawyers in America (Immigration Law), 2009-19

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Immigration), 2005-19

“Legal Elite,” Georgia Trend, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2013

Organization Supporting Business Owners International Affairs Honoree, 2011

Honors Edition, Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, 2008–09

“Top 50 Females,” Georgia Super Lawyers, 2008

Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award, 2008

International Prize of Honor (City of Nürnberg), 2008

Project Interchange Scholarship for Georgia Leaders for Study in Israel (The American Jewish Committee), 2008