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9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN, 46410
United States

219-769-1313

Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP your smart choice for lawyers 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.

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Margaret A. Williford

Margaret A. Williford

Of Counsel

Email
williford@bcclegal.com

Valparaiso Office
156 Washington Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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Biography

Margaret Williford, a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group, was born in Evansville, Indiana.  She is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington where she was on the Indiana University Law Review staff and a member of the Order of the Coif.  During her career, Margaret has had extensive corporate and business law experience both as an in-house corporate counsel and in the private practice of the law.  Her in-house experience includes acting as corporate counsel for companies in a wide variety of industries, ranging from manufacturing to software and database development.  She has been Vice President and Corporate Counsel of CCC Information Services, Inc., a software and database service provider located in Chicago; Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Canteen Corporation, a food service corporation located in Chicago; and Associate General Counsel of Inland Steel Company. 

In private practice, Margaret has represented, and acted as general counsel for, a number of small and medium-sized businesses located in Northwest Indiana, advising them on all legal issues arising in their business.   Margaret has extensive experience in all areas of corporate, business, commercial, transactional and real estate law.  She has been involved in numerous asset purchases and divestitures, stock purchases and sales, joint venture and partnership formations, as well as corporate reorganizations and restructuring.  She has also negotiated and drafted documentation for large commercial bank loan transactions and has advised clients on bank loan compliance issues. 

Margaret has developed corporate systems and procedures to protect trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property, has negotiated and drafted software and database licensing agreements, and has advised on copyright and trademark protection issues.  Margaret’s experience also includes franchise agreement management, review and compliance and negotiating and drafting distribution, value-added reseller and sales representative agreements.  Her real estate experience includes negotiating and drafting documents for commercial leasing transactions and real estate purchases and sales.  Margaret is also experienced in contract negotiation and drafting, business entity planning and formation, buy-sell agreements and business succession planning, and corporate compliance issues. 

Margaret is President of the Board of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Inc., a not for profit land trust in Northwestern Indiana and is an active community volunteer.

Practices

Corporate & Business Law
Acquisitions and Divestitures
Commercial Bank Loan Financing
Real Estate - Business
Real Estate - Personal
Intellectual Property
Franchise & Distribution
Wills & Advance Directives
Probate Administration

Education

Indiana University School of Law, 1978
Juris Doctor - Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif

University of Evansville, 1975
B.A. Economics - Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Other Court Admissions

Northern District of Indiana
Southern District of Indiana

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