Steven L. Tuchman


IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2019)
LGBTQ+ Distinguished Alumni Award (2015)
Indiana University Bloomington
B.A. 1968, J.D. 1971
IUPUI Maynard K. Hine Medal (2014)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
B.A. 1968, J.D. 1971


Steven Tuchman received a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1968 at IU Bloomington and a law degree from the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1971, and has had an exemplary legal career, earning prominence in his immigration practice. He has chaired the international practice of both the Indianapolis and Indiana bar associations and is the only immigration lawyer in Indiana to be designated as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and one of the "Best Lawyers in America." He has been with Lewis & Kappes since 1990.

Tuchman is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the McKinney School of Law and a past member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the School of Liberal Arts. He played a pivotal role in the conception of a new bachelor's degree in international studies, one of the fastest growing majors in the School of Liberal Arts.

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. In 2011, he was knighted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. His contributions to the LGBT community include serving as co-trustee of the Tuchman Bobrick Trust, a private foundation that supports many LGBT projects and organizations, including Lambda Legal and the Point Foundation. He also is active in the Indianapolis arts community and engaged with IU.

Because Tuchman and his husband, Reed E. Bobrick, endowed the Tuchman Bobrick Scholarship that is awarded to a self-identified gay male student at McKinney Law, they stay in close touch with the McKinney Law students who receive their scholarship, acting as mentors to guide them through law school and eventually helping to launch and sustain their legal careers.