Another Jury Verdict Featured in DRI's The Voice Newsletter

Robert F. Parker's recent jury verdict was featured in DRI's Newsletter, The Voice, under the "And The Defense Wins" section in their 25th issue of volume 13 released on June 25, 2014. Parker has been included in multiple issues of DRI's newsletter including issues in 2013 and 2012.

DRI member Robert F. Parker, a partner with Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP in Merrillville, Indiana, successfully defended a medical malpractice claim against an ophthalmologist in Elkhart County, Indiana. The claim concerned an allegation of failure to diagnose and treat acute retinal necrosis in a timely manner; this extremely rare and devastating eye disease cost the young woman plaintiff the sight in one eye. The week-long trial ended in a unanimous verdict absolving the defendant of any wrongdoing.

BCC Presented With the Attorney General's Cup for the 3rd Year In A Row!

Attorney General Greg Zoeller once again visited BCC to present the General’s Cup to BCC for winning the large firm division of the March Against Hunger for the 3rd year in a row.

BCC is greatly appreciative to all of the staff members that have made these victories possible.

Official Press Release:

Zoeller recognizes local law firm for charitable donations

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller recognized Burke Costanza & Carberry today for their outstanding contributions in the sixth annual March Against Hunger food drive.

The firm accepted a trophy, known as the "Attorney General's Cup," for winning the large firm division by donation $4,121 and 1,569 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The trophy was presented and participants were recognized during a formal award ceremony today in Merrillville.

"For the sixth year in a row the members of my profession have stepped up to help put food on the tables of those struggling and in need of the most basic necessities," Zoeller said. "These participants deserve recognition for selflessly giving their time and money to a worthy cause. With their help we were able to help countless families."

"We are so proud of Burke Costanza & Carberry for taking home the Attorney General's Cup for the third year in a row! They have really shown a deep dedication to the Food Bank and to hunger relief, and we are extremely grateful to them and to the Attorney General for making March Against Hunger happen," said Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Executive Director Arleen Peterson.

The sixth annual food drive competition was between 43 participating law and nonprofit groups from Indiana and Kentucky. To help coordinate the donations, Zoeller teamed up with the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) and Feeding Indiana's Hungry (FIsH) which serves as the umbrella organization for 11 regional food banks.

"Our firm is proud to be celebrating its third consecutive victory in the March Against Hunger competition," said Ann Marie Woolwine, Associate Attorney. "The generosity of all members of our BCC team was the driving force behind this accomplishment. While we enjoyed the good-spirited competition and are thrilled to bring the Generals' Cup to Northwest Indiana again, we truly hope that this competition continues to shed light on hunger in our area and spurs ongoing support for local food banks.."

"Once again, the lawyers in Indiana and their professional colleagues have gone above and beyond the call of duty," said ISBA President Jim Dimos. "Their generosity in providing for the basic needs of our fellow Hoosiers is truly heartwarming and another reminder of how lawyers make a difference in their communities in so many different ways."

In total, the March Against Hunger food drive competition generated $49,177 and 8,188 pounds of food for the state's food banks this year.

BCC Makes It Three In A Row By Winning The 2014 March Against Hunger Competition!

For the third straight year, Burke Costanza and Carberry LLP won the large firm division of the Indiana Attorney General’s statewide March Against Hunger Competition.  This March, attorneys and staff donated 1,569 pounds of food and $4,121 dollars to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.  The donation put the firm in first place in the Large Firm division and ranked third in the state in overall donations.  BCC also won the contest in 2012 and 2013.

The firm took a new approach to the competition by having attorneys and support staff sponsor specific events, including Mardi Gras Gumbo and a Carb Craze, among others.  Now in its 6th year, March Against Hunger has raised a total of 52,291 pounds of food and $231,720.71 for a total of 605 tons in assistance since 2009.  The program helps to address a serious need in the state of Indiana.

The firm will be receiving a visit from Attorney General Greg Zoeller to present the 2014 Attorney General’s Cup.

Successful Defense Of An Ophthalmologist

Congratulations to BCC partner Bob Parker and associate Mike Bolde for their successful defense of an ophthalmologist in a medical malpractice case. The week long trial in Elkhart County, IN included testimony by experts from New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, and California, and ended with a unanimous jury verdict in favor of our client.

The case involved a claim by a young woman who suffered a complete loss of vision in one eye, and contended that it resulted from the ophthalmologist's failure to promptly diagnose and treat a rare and devastating eye disease.

Richard W. Castleton to Present at Duneland Chamber Event

Mr. Castleton will be presenting at the Duneland Chamber Sunrise Seminar on March 6, 2014 at Riley's Roadhouse in Chesterton, Indiana. The seminar is entitled "Top Ten Tips Every Employer Needs to Know." He will be discussing big problems and potential pitfalls for employers of all sizes in hiring, employee retention, and termination. To register, contact the Duneland Chamber of Commerce.