We are pleased to announce that Paul A. Leonard, Jr. was notified that he has been selected once again to be included in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the family law category. This is Paul’s 10th consecutive year being included in the family law category of The Best Lawyers in America© 2017!
What We're Doing
This March, attorneys and staff at Burke Costanza & Carberry donated 280 pounds of food and $4,000 to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The donation put the firm in first place in the Large Firm division. BCC also won the contest in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015!
Like always, BCC came up with some unique ideas to help raise funds. There were many skill based guessing games and an abundance of food for donation days. Now in its 8th year, March Against Hunger has raised a total of 70,019 pounds of food and $341,435.91 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks. The program helps to address a serious need in the state of Indiana.
For the fifth time, the firm will be receiving a visit from Attorney General Greg Zoeller. He will present the 2016 Attorney General's Cup to BCC. Check out last year's presentation on the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's Facebook page.
For the past two years, BCC has participated in the Lake County Solid Waste Management Districts’ Cap-A-Thon program. BCC attorneys and staff members have collected, sorted, weighed and stored plastic caps from many different products, including: plastic drink bottle caps, lids from food containers like coffee cans, peanut butter jars, butter tubs, tops from spray cans, caps from liquid laundry detergent and other designated items.
On April 26, 2016, BCC transported 415 pounds of plastic caps to the Town of Merrillville. The caps, instead of ending up in landfills, will be shipped to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana and will be recycled and transformed into a plastic bench made from 100% recycled plastic.
BCC is proud of its recycling and positive impact on the environment.
The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals has named Dan Gioia as one of its new members. This renowned group recognizes Indiana's Premier Mediators & Arbitrators “by invitation only” and then, only after the most stringent requirements have been met, based upon recommendations from both the Plaintiff’s and Defense Bars. The Academy also provides easy access for internet calendar scheduling through the NADN website which allows anyone interested to book all available dates directly.
Bob Parker and Mike Bolde successfully defended a neurosurgeon in a medical malpractice case arising out of the death of a patient who suffered a fatal heart attack in the recovery room following spinal surgery. The claim was that the defendant failed to properly conduct a pre-operative evaluation to assess the patient's fitness for the extensive surgery. After a seven-day trial, a Lake County jury deliberated 3-1/2 hours before returning a unanimous defense verdict.