Roy J. Barquet is a partner and immigration lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he focuses his practice on immigration litigation and labor and employment. He has experience with business-related immigration issues, audits of employers' compliance with immigration and labor regulations, employment-based immigrant visa petitions, investment and professional visas, labor certifications and family-based immigrant visa petitions. Roy is particularly skilled in addressing legal issues confronting multinational companies in the transfer of U.S. and foreign workers between worldwide affiliates with varying labor and employment laws. He is chair of the firm’s Immigration, Nationality & Consular Law Practice and a member of the Government & Public Policy, Labor & Employment, International and Latin America Practices.
Roy has represented Fortune 500 companies, Olympic athletes, foreign heads of state, investment firms, executives and international entertainment celebrities before the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.
Before joining Foley, Roy was a shareholder in a large international law firm based in Miami.
Roy also served as an assistant state attorney (prosecutor) for the State Attorney’s Office in Miami-Dade County from 1991-1996. While there, he was responsible for aspects of litigation in the prosecution of first-degree felonies, including drafting arrest and search warrants, grand jury indictments, discovery, legal motions, jury instructions and appeals.
In recognition of his experience, he has been Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system. Roy was recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of Immigration (2021-2022). He was nominated by the South Florida Legal Guide as a Top Up & Comer in the 2006 – 2010 editions, as well as a Top Lawyer in the 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions. Roy was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Immigration Law (2013 - 2022) and the 2017 Florida Trend “Legal Elite” list for his work in immigration, nationality and consular law.
Roy has also been active in community and civic affairs. He has served as president of the Alzheimer’s Association (South Florida chapter), member of the WPBT/Channel 2 Community Advisory Board, and also volunteers for the American Red Cross.
Roy is a graduate of Columbia University, where he received his J.D. degree in 1991. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude, from Duke University.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Roy is a member of the Miami Dade County Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He also is the past chair of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Roy is admitted to practice in Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Roy is fluent in Spanish.