Elizabeth M. Bezak was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1989. She received her juris doctor degree, cum laude, from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1992. At Valparaiso, Ms. Bezak served on the Executive Board as Executive Editor of Student Writing for the Valparaiso University Law Review. She authored and published “DNA Profiling Evidence: The Need For A Uniform and Workable Evidentiary Standard of Admissibility.” 26 Val.U.L.Rev. 595 (Spring 1992).
Ms. Bezak is Of Counsel and member of BCC’s Litigation Practice Group and concentrates her practice on the representation of employers in a variety of different legal matters including claims of discrimination under state and federal statutes (sexual harassment, disability, age, race, gender, retaliation, accommodation, wage claims and medical leave), worker’s compensation and other related claims in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board.
Ms. Bezak has handled cases for business in multiple counties and has conducted both bench and jury trials, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. She has successfully litigated cases at both the trial and appellate levels and has successfully argued before the Indiana Supreme Court. Periodically, Ms. Bezak will serve as a Judge Pro Tem for two of the Lake Superior Courts sitting in Crown Point, Indiana.
As part of her practice, Ms. Bezak presents seminars and training to insurance companies and businesses which cover a variety of different legal topics, including special investigations, claims management, worker’s compensation.
Ms. Bezak has served as an Associate Member, Barrister Member and Program Director for the Calumet American Inn of Court. Active in the community, she served on the Executive Board of Trustees for the Lake Area United Way for several years and has served as a Board Member for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Additionally, Ms. Bezak has shared her expertise with law students as an Adjunct Professor at Valparaiso University School of Law where she taught Pre-Trial Skills for approximately ten (10) years.
Ms. Bezak is admitted to practice in both the State and Federal Courts in Indiana and Illinois, and is a member of the Lake County, Indiana, Indiana State, Illinois State and American Bar Associations.
Valparaiso University School of Law, 1992
Juris Doctor, cum laude
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989
Bachelor of Arts
- Indiana Bar, 1992
- Illinois Bar, 1992 (inactive status)
- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- Northern District of Indiana
- Southern District of Indiana