Steven L. Tuchman


Steve L. Tuchman | Director

Practice Areas

Immigration and nationality law; real estate; corporate and business law.

Steve Tuchman's practice focuses primarily upon a wide variety of immigration and nationality issues with vast experience in employment and family related matters, employer sanctions, enforcement and removal (deportation) cases and naturalization cases. In addition, he calls upon many years of experience in real estate and business related matters and is a past Commissioner on the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. He has assisted numerous clients to obtain visas to enter the United States and resolve disputes with immigration authorities. Mr. Tuchman has written and lectured widely on immigration and nationality law.

He speaks Danish as a second language and serves as the Honorary Consul for Denmark in Indiana and Kentucky.

Mr. Tuchman is also active in the Indianapolis arts community, having served as a Commissioner on the Indiana Arts Commission, Chairman of the American Cabaret Theatre's Board of Directors, and has represented clients in the sports and entertainment fields.

In 2004, Mr. Tuchman was named by the Danish Queen, Her Majesty Margrethe II, as Consul and serves in that role for Indiana and Kentucky. In October 2005, Mr. Tuchman was appointed by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations to represent the Government of Mexico and its Consulate in Indianapolis.


Indiana University, B.A., 1968; Indiana University, J.D., 1971; City College, London, England, 1971.

Bar Admissions

Indiana, 1971; Indiana Supreme Court - Registered Mediator.


Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Law, Indiana University School of Business, 1983-84; Melvin Simon & Assoc., Inc., 1973-1981; Attorney in private practice, 1981-1990; Lewis & Kappes, P.C., 1990-Present


American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chair, Indiana Chapter, 1994-1996; Board of Governors, 1994-1996; several terms as liaison to the Nebraska Service Center); Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations (Chair, 1998-Present); Vice-President, Planned Parenthood of Central Indiana, 1989, President 1991-1992; Member, Indianapolis Bar Association (Grievance Committee, 1986-; Long Range Plans Committee, 1987-88); Member, Indiana State Bar Association (House of Delegates, 1986-); Indianapolis Bar Foundation; Commissioner, Indiana Arts Commission, 2000-2009; American Cabaret Theatre, (Chairman of the Board, 2001-2007).

Honors and Awards

Mr. Tuchman is currently the only immigration attorney in Indiana to be designated as an Indiana Super Lawyer (2004-2015) and The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2016)

Maynard K. Hine Medallion for Service to the IUPUI campus, 2014

Indiana Super Lawyer (Immigration, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

Sagamore of the Wabash, 2004