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John P. Bushemi

John P. Bushemi

John P. Bushemi

Of Counsel
t. (219) 769-1313 x105
f. (219) 769-6806

Merrillville Office
9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410


John Bushemi was educated at Indiana University and attended Indiana University Mauer School of Law – Bloomington. Mr. Bushemi focuses his practice on representing municipal and local governmental entities, as well as individuals and businesses, in a wide range of matters before state and federal courts, including personal injury, business and corporations, real estate and zoning. Mr. Bushemi has served in numerous municipal attorney posts including East Chicago City Council Attorney, East Chicago Redevelopment Commission Attorney, Hobart City Attorney, Hobart Sanitary District Attorney, Hobart City Council Attorney, Merrillville Conservancy District Attorney, Merrillville Town Attorney, Merrillville Police Commission Attorney, Hammond Public Safety Attorney, Lake County Sheriff’s Attorney, Schererville BZA and Plan Commission Attorney, Schererville Police Commission Attorney and Lowell Town Attorney. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Bushemi has significant appellate court experience.

Mr. Bushemi served as an Indiana State Senator for fifteen (15) years (1976-1990). He was 28 years old when elected, the youngest member of the Indiana Senate at that time. During his years of public service, Mr. Bushemi developed a reputation as a hard working, respected and effective state lawmaker. He was a leading advocate for adoption of the Hoosier Lottery program. He championed numerous Northwest Indiana development projects. Mr. Bushemi served on a number of Indiana Senate committees, including the Finance, Judiciary, and Pensions and Labor Committee. He also served as a member of the Indiana Commission on Aging and the Aged, the Indiana Commission on Autism, the Indiana Judicial Study Commission, the Indiana Code Revision Commission, the National Commission on State Government Operations and the Indiana Casino Gaming Study Commission. Mr. Bushemi is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his service in the Indiana State Senate.

Mr. Bushemi is a member of the Lake County Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association and American Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the Andrean High School Foundation Board of Directors and the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Bushemi also serves as an adjunct professor at Valparaiso University School of Law.


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1973
Juris Doctor

Indiana University, 1970
B.A. Political Science


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John P. Bushemi News & Articles

Bifurcating Civil Rights Lawsuits Saves Taxpayers’ Money

John Bushemi and Alfredo Estrada successfully won an order for bifurcation while defending a 4th Amendment civil rights lawsuit filed against the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Price v. Lake County.  The bifurcation requires Plaintiffs who alleged false arrest...

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BCC Attorney Leads Development of Local Green Energy Projects

Attorney John P. Bushemi led development of two (2) local solar energy generating facilities now operating in Griffith and East Chicago.  Bushemi served as lead counsel for project zoning and regulatory permits approved by both communities.  Arrays of solar panels at...

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Million Dollar Settlement Won In Tavern Liability Case

John P. Bushemi won settlement of a tavern liquor liability case for a Merrillville man who suffered serious injuries as a passenger in a car crash.  The passenger’s settlement exceeding $1,000,000 was paid by the insurance company for a local tavern where the...

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BCC Attorneys Work With Local Town on Blight Mitigation

Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP is proud to be working with the Town of Merrillville in its effort to address issues related to vacant and abandoned properties in the Town.  Town Attorney John Bushemi has been working diligently to provide legal advice to the Town...

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Won Jury Verdict for Municipality in Police Case

John P. Bushemi won a unanimous jury verdict in favor of the City of Hobart Police Department in a wrongful death lawsuit.  The jury determined that a Hobart patrol officer was not at fault for the death of an innocent motorist which occurred when the motorist was...

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Won Summary Judgment Twice for Municipal Client

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....

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