Mikulich v. Lake County, Indiana, 19A-MI-32

In late October of 2019 Attorney Alfredo Estrada successfully defended Lake County, Indiana, at the Indiana Court of Appeals.

In December of 2018, Estrada was successful in defending a former officer’s petition for judicial review of the former officer’s termination of employment. After the trial court’s dismissal of the petition for judicial review, the former officer appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.

On appeal of the dismissal, the former officer argued that, although he is no longer able to be employed, there was an unanswered issue of back pay. On behalf of Lake County, Estrada responded and argued that the former officer was relieved from duty without pay pending criminal charges pursuant to Lake County Sheriff’s Department Merit Board Rules. Therefore, no effective relief could have been rendered by the court, rendering the case moot.

The Indiana Court of Appeals agreed with Estrada and Lake County and affirmed the trial court’s dismissal due to mootness.

Estrada is a Partner at Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP. His practice involves representing municipal and governmental entities in both state and federal courts. Estrada is admitted to practice law in Indiana in the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, in the United States District Court for the Northern District, in the United States District Court for the Southern District, and in the United States Immigration Court.

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