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9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN, 46410
United States

219-769-1313

Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP is the leading law firm in Northwest Indiana. Our full-service law firm has offices in Merrillville and Valparaiso Indiana as well as one in Chicago Illinois. At BCC, our lawyers pride themselves on being able to provide a wide range of legal services to our clients, who benefit from the depth and experience we provide from top to bottom.

The main practice groups at Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP are: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Services, Civil Litigation, and Business and Personal Services.

Our attorneys represent businesses and government entities in the following areas: Business Planning, Commercial Law, Construction, Labor & Employment, Governmental Entities, Healthcare, Labor, Pension Profit-sharing & Employee Benefits, Real Estate, Taxation, and Worker's Compensation.

Our lawyers also represent individuals in matters such as Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Immigration, Family Law, Probate Administration, Real Estate, and Taxation.

Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP is a well-rounded firm with strong roots in Northwest Indiana that is focused primarily on our lawyers providing clients with the highest quality legal service in a broad range of practice areas.

What We're Doing

Won Summary Judgment Twice for Municipal Client

John P. Bushemi

John P. Bushemi has successfully won summary judgment for the City of Hobart in two recent lawsuits. In the first case, plaintiffs sued the city in Lake Superior Court for claims that the city was negligent in locating its skate park adjacent to a railroad line. Plaintiffs’ 16 year old daughter was killed when she was struck by a train while walking with friends along the railroad tracks after leaving the skate park. Plaintiffs claimed damages of $300,000. The court dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that the city owed no legal duty to the deceased at the time of the incident because she had voluntarily trespassed onto private railroad property leading to her death.

In defense of the second lawsuit, Mr. Bushemi was assisted by Jeremy Butler. Plaintiffs sued the city in U. S. District Court for claims that their constitutional rights were violated by false arrest and excess force. Plaintiffs claimed damages of $500,000. The Federal court dismissed the claims of constitutional rights violations and ruled that city police officers were entitled to qualified immunity because they had probable cause to arrest the plaintiffs for violations of the law and their use of force in arresting plaintiffs was reasonable.

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