Jeff Papa

  • 11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Jeff Papa is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department.

Mr. Papa focuses his practice on immigration matters. He counsels clients on a number of issues, including nonimmigrant status and visa issues, permanent residency and citizenship matters, as well as on higher education and government affairs issues.

Mr. Papa provided immigration law services to Barnes & Thornburg clients for nearly seven years in an earlier role, and served two terms as chair of the Indiana chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, as well as two terms on the national board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association.

Prior to re-joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Papa was the chief of staff and chief legal counsel for the Indiana Senate and also served as the first mayor of the Town of Zionsville, Indiana, in 2015. He previously was an attorney with Barnes & Thornburg from 2001-2007.

In the community, Mr. Papa was formerly a member of the Zionsville Town Council and also served on the Zionsville Board of Police Commissioners. He is president of the Youth Enhancement Training Initiative, Inc. and a distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. In 2016, he was recognized with the Honor Alumni Award from the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association and named a recipient of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce’s Town Crier award. Mr. Papa is a co-founder and adviser for zWorks, Zionsville’s co-working venture, and he is a member of the Indiana Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Mr. Papa earned his B.S. from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1993 and his M.A. from Ball State University in 1999. In 1999, he also earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In 2010, he earned an LL.M. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

In 2016, Mr. Papa earned his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Administration from Indiana State University, as well as a graduate certificate in Higher Ed and Student Affairs from IU-Bloomington, and completed the Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership at Marian University. He served as president of the Rose-Hulman Alumni Board, as an adjunct professor at IU McKinney School of Law, has served on external department advisory boards at Ball State University and Rose-Hulman, and has been published in multiple subject areas.

Mr. Papa is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana.