Phil Ripani is of counsel in the Labor and Employment Group. Phil represents employers in labor and employment matters regarding employee benefits, immigration, employment discrimination, employee misconduct, collective bargaining and contract disputes, and other general employment issues. He helps company management with additional labor issues, including union prevention, hiring, discipline and retention of employees, wage and hour, and plant closing issues. He also aids businesses before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with immigration issues surrounding intra-company (L visa) international transferred employees and obtaining visa status for foreign employees. He advises employers concerning I-9 verification compliance, E-Verify and related immigration – employment enforcement. He has helped companies, colleges and universities, foreign workers and their families to obtain or extend appropriate temporary and immigrant status visas, including H-1B special occupation visas, H-2B temporary visas and H-3 training visas, E visas, and student visas. Phil also works with employers and their employee’s families on permanent residence visa status both with adjustment of status and consular processing. He has obtained appropriate visas for professional football players, and P-1 and/or O-1 status for professional race car drivers, race engineers, and team managers in the motor sports industry. Phil also is a member of the firm’s Data Privacy Group, which assists clients with proper notification of agencies and affected entities when data security issues arise.  Phil is licensed to practice law in Indiana.


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis (J.D., cum laude, 1976)
Indiana University (B.S., with distinction, 1973)

Honors / Awards

Best Lawyers® 2022 Indianapolis Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year; The Best Lawyers in America® 2010-2023 Immigration Law; AV® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Appearances / Publications

“Employers Under Fire:  Overregulated and Underprepared, The Immigration Agenda” (BME Seminar, September 2013); “Farm Employees and Workers’ Compensation” (Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation Spotlight, June 2013); “Employee Handbooks” (Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation Spotlight, April 2013); “Guest Workers – The H-2A Option – But Is It Really an Option?” (Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation Spotlight, February 2013); “E-Verify” (Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation Spotlight, December 2012); “Pre-Employment Inquiries:  To Ask or Not?” (Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation Spotlight, October 2012); “Increasing Your Workforce – Employee or Independent Contractor?” (Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation Spotlight, June 2012), “Employment Immigration Issues Dealing with the Current Environment” presentation (Indiana Hort Congress, January 2012); “Employing Full Time Immigrant Labor in Agriculture” presentation (Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, September 2011); “Indiana Immigration Statute” (Town of Fishers Leadership Retreat, 2011); “American Public Power Association 2010 Business & Financial Conference – Federal Employment Law Update” (2010); “Executive Compensation and Deferred Compensation Arrangements:  Providing Benefits for You, Your Management Team and Your Company” (BME, 2010); “Indiana Immigration Practice” (Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, 2009);”Ethics” 30th Annual Labor-Management Relations Seminar (Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis/NLRB Region 25, 2009); “Impact on Immigration, Winds of Change Are Upon Us: Preparing Your Business for a New Era of Employment Laws and Regulations” (BME, 2009); numerous articles on employment immigration issues.

Appointments / Memberships

Member: American Immigration Lawyers Association (past chair, Indiana Chapter); Indiana Bar Foundation (fellow); Sycamore School (past board president)


Colorado, Indiana