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9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN, 46410
United States


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.


Nancy J. Townsend

Nancy J. Townsend



t. 219.769.1313 x 159
f. 219.769.6806

Merrillville Office
9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410



Nancy J. Townsend has wide experience in state and federal courts at all levels, beginning with her service as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in 1985. She has over 20 years’ business and commercial experience in the northwest Indiana legal community and previously represented large corporate clients and government agencies in banking litigation, through her practice with the national firm of Hopkins & Sutter (now merged with Foley & Lardner).

Ms. Townsend provides legal services to employers and human resource departments to devise and implement employment policies, employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and employer handbooks that comply with federal and state law, defend litigation, government investigations, and employee disputes, and counsel and train on wage and hour and discrimination matters. She also assists businesses, banks, and other commercial enterprises to enforce their rights as creditors, including commercial foreclosure, collection, and related litigation.

Ms. Townsend graduated from Notre Dame Law School, where she studied as a White Scholar and an editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. She received her bachelor’s degree from Marian University in Indianapolis, where she earned the Outstanding Senior Award in each of her two majors, Business Administration and Psychology. A northwest Indiana native, she proudly graduated from Lake Central High School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Lake Central Scout. She is admitted to practice in Indiana, Illinois, and Texas and nearly all of the federal and state courts in those jurisdictions. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, and the Notre Dame Clubs of Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Ms. Townsend has enjoyed learning, growing, and laughing in the good company of her five children. Many of her weekends now find her with time for running, reading, cooking, or boarding the South Shore to enjoy sites from the beaches of Beverly Shores to a picnic at the Grant Park Music Festival.


Employment Law
Employment Agreements
Employment Law Compliance
Civil and Commercial Litigation
Creditors' Rights
Municipal Law, Planning and Zoning
Probate Litigation
Business Transactions


Notre Dame Law School, 1985

Juris Doctor

Marian University, Indianapolis, 1982
B.A. Business Administration and

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