Ryan C. Marques


Ryan C. Marques | Associate

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Practice Areas

Immigration and International Law

Mr. Marques is an Associate in the Immigration Group and the Honorary Consul of Portugal to the State of Indiana. In his Immigration Practice, he assists clients in the acquisition of employment based immigrant visas such as Employment First Preference (EB-1: Priority Workers); Employment Second Preference (EB-2: Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability); Employment Third Preference (EB-3: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers); Employment Fourth Preference (EB-4: Certain Special Immigrants); Employment Fifth Preference (EB-5: Immigrant Investors); PERM Labor Certification; and PERM Special Handling Labor Certification for Post-Secondary Institutions of Higher Education. Mr. Marques also assists clients in the acquisition of employment based non-immigrant visas such as E-1 Treaty Traders; E-2 Treaty Investors; TN NAFTA Professional Workers; H-1B Specialty Occupation; L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executives or Managers; O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement; P-1A Internationally Recognized Athletes; and R-1 Temporary Religious Workers. Additionally, Mr. Marques assists employers in Form I-9 Corporate Compliance and defends employers against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Form I-9 Audit Inspections. Moreover, Mr. Marques assists clients in the acquisition of family based visas to enter the United States and in the resolution of general immigration issues such as Deportation and Removal Defense; Adjustment of Status; Naturalization; Asylum; Consular Processing; Waivers of Inadmissibility; Post Conviction Relief; and Education Law.

As the Honorary Consul of Portugal to the State of Indiana, Mr. Marques is responsible for promoting trade, investment, 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 policy and protocol. Additionally, Mr. Marques 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. Mr. Marques reports directly to the Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C. and performs other diplomatic functions as designated by the Government of Portugal.

Prior to joining Lewis & Kappes in 2010, Mr. Marques served as a Legislative Intern for the Indiana House of Representatives. He then served the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs as an Economic Development Analyst where he was tasked with researching and composing qualitative and quantitative monthly reports on economic development, international labor migration, and minority business enterprise development for Indiana's Hispanic business community published for review and consideration by the Indiana General Assembly. In 2008, he assumed the role as Business Advocacy Manager of the Hispanic Business Council for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for the creation and implementation of the Chamber's nationally recognized Mentor-Protégé Program which involved participation by Fortune 500 and 100 companies. In 2007, Mr. Marques was appointed as an Economic Advisor to the Indianapolis Mayor's Commission on Latino Affairs under former Mayor Bart Peterson where he was tasked with composing reports and providing presentations to the Mayor's Commission on issues concerning economic development within the Indianapolis Hispanic business community. In 2008, he served as the Vice-Chair for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals - Division III.

Mr. Marques graduated from Butler University with a degree of Bachelor of Science majoring in both Finance and Spanish. He was a four year NCAA Division I Varsity letter winner for the Butler University Men's Soccer Team. He also earned an Honors Diploma in History - Nivel Superior - from La Universidad de Salamanca. In 2010, Mr. Marques graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and served the roles as President of the Hispanic Law Society and student advisor to the Law School's Diversity Committee. He now serves as a member of the Board of Alumni for the Law School. Mr. Marques is a Licensed Insurance Producer and a Certified and Registered Civil Mediator in the State of Indiana. In Mr. Marques' mediation practice, he handles many types of civil issues such as employment, real estate, insurance, business disputes, and personal injuries.


Butler University (B.S., Major Finance, Major Spanish, 2004); La Universidad de Salamanca - History - Nivel Superior (2003); Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 2010).

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court 2014
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 2014
Indiana Supreme Court 2010
United States District Court - Northern District of Indiana 2010
United States District Court - Southern District of Indiana 2010

Publications and Presentations

Presenter: Indianapolis Bar Association - Continuing Legal Education: Changing Demographics: Indiana Immigrants and the Law - Work, Family, and Criminal - December, 2015

Moderator: Doing Business in Portugal, Embassy of Portugal/Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce - November, 2015

Co-Author: Recent Immigration "Executive Action" by Obama Administration Includes Help for Employers – 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 Article - March, 2013

Collaborator: "Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) TM in the Greater Indianapolis Area: Understanding Their Characteristics and Business Development Challenges," Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce's Hispanic Business Council Market Research Taskforce. Curci, Roberto and Robert Mackoy. (2008); Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs 2006 - 2007 Annual Report;

Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs 2006 Demographic Overview of Hispanics/Latinos in Indiana.

Presenter: Guest speaker on "Univision" television on topic of Latino business development; Testified as a registered lobbyist before the Indiana General Assembly on proposed immigration legislation; Guest speaker on Radio Latina and other radio shows on topic of immigration and Latino business development.

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish (ability to read, write, and speak)
Portuguese (ability to read, write, and speak)


Board Member, The International Center

Board Member, Indiana Latino Institute

Board Treasurer and Liaison to United States Customs and Border Protection, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Indiana Chapter)

Board Member, Indiana State Bar Association Latino Affairs Committee

Board Member and Professional Development Committee Chair, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Board of Alumni

Board Member and Mentor-Protégé Committee Chair, The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Business Council

Board Member, Enlace Academy Charter School

Member Indianapolis Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Honors and Awards

Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Up and Coming Lawyer Award – 2017

Indianapolis Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award – 2016

Super Lawyers - Indiana Rising Star 2016, 2015, 2014 (Immigration)

Latino American Who's Who - 2015 (Lawyer)

Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XXXIX

Horizon League Academic and Butler University Athletic Director's Honor Roll - 2000 - 2004

Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunities Fellow - 2007

Bronze Level Participant in the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis Pro-Bono Program: Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic