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Thomas R. Ruge

Thomas R. Ruge

Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Ruge's experience in international law includes assisting employers seeking to hire foreign employees through L, H, TN, E and permanent visas; visa portability to new employers; deportation and removal defense; adjustment of status; consular process for immigrant and non-immigrant visas; all aspects of immigration compliance for employers and individuals; family immigration; immigration consequences of criminal convictions; post-conviction remedies to ameliorate adverse immigration consequences; representation of the Country of Mexico's consular office in Indianapolis; and certification as an international commercial arbitration neutral. Thomas R. Ruge is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators ("FCiArb"), having completed the testing and other requirements for certification in international commercial arbitration.

Civil litigation matters Mr. Ruge has handled include: disputes among owners of businesses; government land condemnation through eminent domain; state securities litigation; breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; non-compete violations and defense; civil rights; employment related litigation and many other complex disputes.

In the area of community based and rural health, Mr. Ruge serves as general counsel for the Indiana association of primary care providers and for many individual community based health centers. This representation has involved initial corporate formation, tax exemption applications and status maintenance; all aspects of compliance with state and federal regulation of health care; licensing and credentialing; foreign medical graduate J visa waiver issues; HPSA and MUA designation issues; employment issues; real estate transactions including commercial leases, sub-leasing and purchases, provider employment agreements, affiliation agreements with hospitals and others, HIPAA and Red Flag compliance; and advice regarding all aspects of health center operations.

Non-profit organizations have been assisted by Mr. Ruge in obtaining tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, state property and sales tax exemption issues; joint ventures with other tax exempt and non-tax exempt organizations; UBIT (unrelated business income) issues; corporate recordkeeping and other compliance matters.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1991

Areas of Practice

  • 40% International Law
  • Immigration
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Rural health care
  • Nonprofit organization

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Law Review: Indiana Law Review
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • The New Immigration Law Requires Employer Verification of Employee Authorization to Work", The Indiana International Forum, August, 1987
  • "Screening and Evaluating the Medical Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Cases", 1988
  • "Evaluation of Structured Settlement Proposals", 1988
  • "Proving Causation in Medical Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Cases" Personal Injury Litigation in Indiana, National Business Institute, Inc., 1988
  • "Recent Developments in Medical Malpractice Law", 22 Indiana Law Review 1, 1989
  • "The Ins and Outs of Obtaining Visas for Foreign-Born Employees", Indianapolis Business Journal, p. 41 (a), March, 1990
  • "Immigration Law and Criminal Defense", Indiana Defender, May, 2002
  • "International Child Custody Disputes and the Hague Convention", Res Gestae, November, 2002
  • "What to Expect as a Medical Witness in a Legal Proceeding" (Co-author), The Marion County Medical Society Bulletin, August, 1987
  • "Notarios - The Unauthorized Practice of Law" (Co-author), June, 2003
  • Author: "Higher Education for Undocumented Students: The Case for Open Admission and In-State Tuition Rates for Students Without Lawful Immigration Status", 15 Ind. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 257, 2005
  • "Recovering Lost Earning Capacity Damages for Immigrants in Indiana", 2010


  • Adjunct Professor, Immigration Law, Indiana University School of Law, 1992 - 1997
  • Lecturer: "The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1976," Mini-Seminar Series, Indianapolis Bar Association, July 1987
  • Lecturer: "Immigration Law", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, March 1988
  • Lecturer: "Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Indiana", National Business Institute, Inc., December 1988
  • Lecturer: "Immigration and the International Trader", World Trade Club of Indiana, March 1989
  • Lecturer: "What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Representing Foreign Clients", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, November 1999
  • Lecturer: "Visa Options for Foreign Employees"
  • Lecturer: "Representing Foreign Nationals and Their Employees, Practical and Ethical Considerations", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, November 2000
  • Lecturer: "Who is Authorized to Work in the United States?", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, October 2001
  • Lecturer: Discrimination and Immigration Law Issues, Community and Family Resource Center Seminar for Latino Service Providers, April 2002
  • Lecturer: "Advising Foreign Nationals Accused or Convicted of a Crime", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, October 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Indiana Super Lawyer, Immigration, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • AVVO 9.1 Superb Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (?FCiArb?) , Fellow
  • Board Certified Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Forum for International Professional Services, Board of Directors, 1989
  • Forum for International Professional Services, President, 1990
  • Alzheimer's Association, Board of Directors, 1990
  • World Trade Club
  • The First State Bank of Porter, Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member, 1987
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member and Master Fellow
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Association of Immigration Attorneys, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chairman, Indiana Chapter, 1988
  • Lawyers Fund, Campaign Committee, 1989
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Services Organization of Indiana, Inc., Project Supervisor, 1977 - 1982
  • Vernon J. Petri, P.C., Litigation Associate, 1982 - 1986
  • Ruge & Rupert, Partner, 1986 - 1991
  • Indiana University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1992 - 1997
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