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Ryan C. Marques



Professional Profile

Ryan is a corporate immigration lawyer and the Honorary Consul of Portugal to the State of Indiana. Ryan manages corporate, investment, and employment-based immigration matters for public and privately held companies as well as for non-profit organizations across numerous industries, including manufacturing, engineering, logistics, information services and technology, energy, transportation, health care, retail, food and agriculture, professional sports, and higher education. He has counseled small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 U.S. and international companies on corporate, investment, and employment-based immigration issues for over a decade and also has extensive experience in familial adjustment of status and naturalization matters.

As the Honorary Consul of Portugal to the State of Indiana, Ryan is responsible for promoting trade, investment, culture, and tourism between the Country of Portugal and the State of Indiana. Also, he meets regularly with state and local government officials and corporate leaders to explain Portugal's interest and to assist appropriate parties in obtaining information on consular matters, policy, and protocol. Additionally, Ryan serves to protect the interests of Portugal and its citizens living and/or visiting in the State of Indiana within the limits prescribed by international law. He reports directly to the Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C. and performs other diplomatic functions as designated by the Government of Portugal.

Ryan is a certified civil mediator and is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish.

Practice Areas

Ryan helps corporate clients secure the best talent from around the world enabling them to achieve their business goals. He guides his clients through the process of strategic immigration planning and related transactional matters.

Ryan is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish.


Indiana University

Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
Indiana Journal for Global Legal Students, Submission Editor

Butler University

B.S., Finance and B.A., Spanish
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La Universidad de Salamanca

Nivel Superior – Historia
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  • Indiana
  • Indiana Supreme Court
  • U. S. Supreme Court
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Professional Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • Indiana Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chair, 2021-Present
  • State of Indiana Global Economic Summit - Diplomatic Advisory Committee, 2020-Present
  • Indy Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee - Board Member, 2018-2019; Hispanic Business Council - Chairman, 2018-2019; Global Indy Council - Board Member, 2016-Present
  • The International Center, Board Member and Board Secretary, 2016-Present
  • Indiana Latino Institute, Board Member, 2015-Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member

Community Service

  • Enlace Charter School Academy/Kindezi Charter School Academy, Board Member, 2014-2017
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Board, Board Member, 2010-2016
  • City of Indianapolis - Mayor Hogsett Economic Development Transition Team, Member, 2015
  • City of Indianapolis - Board of Zoning Appeal, Vice-Chair, 2008
  • City of Indianapolis - Mayor Bart Peterson’s Commission on Latino Affairs, Board Member, 2007


  • Professor of Caique-Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 2022-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Indiana Rising Star Award: Immigration Law - Business, 2014 - 2016, 2018 – 2022
  • Indy Eleven Champion of the Hispanic Community Award, 2019
  • The Indiana Lawyer, Leadership in Law Up and Coming Lawyer Award, 2017
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal, Forty Under 40 Award, 2016
  • Stanley K. Lacy (SKL) Executive Leadership Series, Class XXXIX, 2015
  • Latino America Who’s Who Award, Top Lawyer, 2014
  • Butler University, NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer, 2000-2004

Speaking and Publications

  • Moderator: “Doing Business with Portugal,” Embassy of Portugal/The International Center, May 2022
  • Panelist/Presenter: The International Center – James T. Morris Global Leadership Series: Global Business and Talent in Indiana, November 2020
  • Panelist/Presenter: "Global Workforce Track – International Talent: Attracting, Hiring, and Retention of International Staff" – Indy Chamber World Trade Day, May 2019
  • Presenter: “The Path to Employing Foreign National Physicians at Health Centers: J-1 Visa Waiver, H-1B Visa, & Lawful Permanent Residency” – Indiana Primary Health Care Association, February 2019
  • Co-Presenter: Understanding Immigration Law Within Indiana’s Changing Demographics – Indiana School Boards Association, June 2018
  • Co-Author: “Employment-Based Immigration Chapter,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Handbook – 13th Edition, October 2017
  • Moderator: “Doing Business in Portugal,” Embassy of Portugal/Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, November 2015
  • Co-Presenter: “Changing Demographics: Indiana Immigrants and the Law – Work, Family, and Criminal,” Indianapolis Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Presentation, November 2015
  • Co-Author: “Recent Immigration “Executive Action” by Obama Administration Includes Help for Employers,” The Indianapolis Business Journal, November 2014
  • Co-Author: “False Claim to United States Citizenship: An Overview of Various Contexts and Possible Defenses,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 2013
  • Co-Editor: “Hispanic Business Enterprises in the Greater Indianapolis Areas: Understanding Their Characteristics and Business Development Challenges,” The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, August 2008
  • Co-Author: “Indiana Department of Workforce Development/Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs Annual Report,” Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, March 2007
  • Presenter & Guest Speaker: “Hispanic/Latino Business Development and Immigration,” Univision Television and Radio, 2007-Present
  • Speaker: “Economic Development and Minority Business Enterprises,” Indiana General Assembly Lobbyist on behalf of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, 2007-2008
  • Author: “Demographic Overview of Hispanics/Latinos in Indiana,” Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, April 2006


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Indianapolis, IN 46282

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