We are pleased to announce that Paul A. Leonard, Jr. was notified that he has been selected once again to be included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America 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!
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For the fourth 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 257 pounds of food and $4,302.70 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, and 2014.
Like always, BCC came up with some unique ideas to help raise funds. One of those ideas was the "Pie To The Face" contest. Now in its 7th year, March Against Hunger has raised a total of 62,459 pounds of food and $282,027.91 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks. The program helps to address a serious need in the state of Indiana.
For the fourth time, the firm will be receiving a visit from Attorney General Greg Zoeller on June 12th, when he will present the 2015 Attorney General’s Cup. Check out last year's presentation.
Burke Costanza & Carberry partner Robert F. Parker recently recovered a settlement of almost $1.1 million for a Crown Point man who was injured during gallbladder surgery.
What was supposed to be a routine outpatient procedure to remove the patient’s gallbladder – one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States – turned into a lengthy hospital stay, including transfer to a Chicago hospital where a complicated repair surgery was performed to reconstruct the patient’s biliary tract.
In the subsequent medical malpractice lawsuit, Parker recovered the maximum amount allowable by Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act from the surgeon who performed the original procedure, and an additional $900,000 from the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund, the agency at the Department of Insurance that provides compensation to patients who are victims of medical malpractice in Indiana.
Interestingly enough, the patient had been to three other attorneys who declined to take his case before he was referred to BCC.
Valpo Chamber Press Release:
SUPPORTS SCHOOL REFERENDUMS
April 23, 2015
The Valparaiso Chamber is announcing today that the Board of Directors has endorsed the two referendums that will be on the May 5 ballot. "The Valpo Chamber encourages all voters to go to their polling place to support the Valparaiso Schools by voting YES to both ballot referendums," stated Rex Richards, President of the Valpo Chamber.
Richards further stated that, "The Chamber appointed a special Task Force over one year ago to begin reviewing the proposed referendums. This Task Force was made up of some of the most recent past chairs of the Valpo Chamber. Co-chairs of the Task Force were Jon Schmaltz, Attorney with Burke Costanza and Carberry and Martin Sonnenberg, President of Task Force Tips."
The Task Force reviewed the components of the two referendums from the stand point of what is good for the business community from a long term workforce perspective, as well as the impact to the long term value to the community as a whole. "After extensive questions to the School Administration as well as a review of the components of the two referendums, the Task Force concluded there is a definite need for the passage of both referendums. The Task Force made its recommendation to the Chamber Executive Committee who discussed and approved it and forwarded it to the full Chamber Board where it was discussed and approved," stated Richards.
The Chamber President stated, "These two referendums are a major milestone for continuing the high educational attainment level of the Valparaiso School System which has been a major core asset of the community. The school system needs these two referendums to keep this school system in the top tier of excellence in the State of Indiana."
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