Burke Costanza & Carberry partner Robert F. Parker has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

The induction ceremony at which Bob became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 614 Fellows and guests during the 2012 Spring Meeting of the College held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the college cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,838 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the college from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent parties in civil litigation, as well as those who prosecute or defend criminal cases. The college is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

With his induction, Bob becomes only the third actively practicing attorney in Northwest Indiana to achieve Fellow status. And Bob is only the second attorney in the northern half of Indiana to be both a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the prestigious, invitation-only Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Additional information on Bob’s qualifications and achievements can be found on Bob’s biography page.