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Stephen R. Buschmann


Steve joined the firm as a shareholder in 2000 when it was then renamed, Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel. Steve served as the firm's President from 2004 through 2018. Steve has practiced law for 45 years, 40 years in private practice, and focuses his efforts in the areas of real estate, homeowners’ associations, commercial litigation, annexation litigation, government entities, and lobbying. His clients include homeowners’ associations, nonprofit organizations, individual and business entities, and township and other governmental entities. 

Steve has been a registered lobbyist for 31 years, and prior to that served in various positions working for the General Assembly. Steve has participated in numerous civic, political, and charitable organizations. In 2007, the Superintendent of the Indiana State Police named Steve an Honorary State Trooper for his work on State Police issues. Steve has been a frequent instructor on various aspects of township government and finance. Steve has also been an instructor and written a number of articles on various aspects of homeowners' association law.

Steve earned his JD, cum laude from the Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law in 1974 and his BSIM from Purdue University in 1971. Steve is a member of the John Purdue Club and the Purdue President's Council. Steve and his wife Marianne live in Indianapolis.



Practice Areas

Homeowners Associations
Litigation Services
Real Estate Services
Representation of Government Entities
Government Relations/Lobbying Services


Registered Indiana Lobbyist, Indianapolis, 1988-Present.

Legal Counsel to Indiana House Ways & Means Committee, Indianapolis, 1979-88.

Indiana Legislative Services Agency, Senior Legislative Analyst, Indianapolis 1976-79.

Indiana Attorneys General's Office, Deputy Attorney General, Indianapolis, 1974-76.

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court, 1985.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1982.
United States District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1975.
United States District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1974.
Indiana, 1974.


Grass Roots (publication of the Indiana Township Association), frequent contributor.

Association Help Now frequent contributor


Township Governance Issues-seminars: Indiana Township Association Annual Convention, Instructor.
Liability Issues-seminars: Indiana Fire Chief's Convention, Instructor.
Employment Manuals-seminars: National Association of Towns and Townships (Washington DC) , Instructor.

Professional Organizations

Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association, Government Practice Section
Indianapolis Law Club

Other Organizations

John Purdue Club
Purdue Alumni Association
Purdue President's Council

Honors and Awards

Honorary State Trooper (2007) - Indiana State Police Department
Diploma - National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1984)


Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, J.D. cum laude, 1974.
Purdue University, B.S.I.M., 1971.



Pike Township Fire Department Merit Commission

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