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KDDK Successfully Defends Break-Away Church in Property Dispute

The Indiana Court of Appeals today affirmed a trial court’s ruling in favor of a congregation that broke away from a church denomination. The case, Church of the Brethren, South/Central Indiana District v. Roann Church of the Brethren, Inc., Roann Break-Away Group and the Roann Church, Inc., involved allegations from the denomination that it was entitled to the property of the congregation that broke away.

KDDK litigator Brian P. Williams successfully represented the defendant at the trial level before the Wabash Circuit Court.  The plaintiff appealed, and Williams and fellow KDDK litigator Michael E. DiRienzo successfully defended the congregation before the Indiana Court of Appeals.

To read the Indiana Court of Appeals’ opinion, click here.

To read an article about the ruling on The Indiana Lawyer, click here.

For more information about this or any related legal matter, please contact Brian P. Williams at (812) 423-3183 or bwilliams@KDDK.com, or Michael E. DiRienzo at (812) 423-3183 or mdirienzo@KDDK.com.

About the Attorneys

Brian P. Williams

Brian P. Williams, a Co-Managing Partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP, in Evansville, Indiana, is a member of the firm’s Economic Development, Estate Planning and Probate Administration, Litigation and Trial Services, and Real Estate Law practice teams; and has served clients in industries including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and education for more than 30 years. He especially excels when advocating economic development projects and site locations. Honed from service as a private practitioner, federal magistrate, industrial foundation officer, federal law clerk, and civic leader, Brian’s analytical skills empower clients to more swiftly reach durable solutions.

Michael E. DiRienzo

Michael E. DiRienzo, a Partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP, in Evansville, Ind., has more than 10 years of experience assisting clients in the areas of bankruptcy, collection & creditors’ rights law, and complex commercial litigation involving business, environmental, construction and real estate disputes and condemnation proceedings in state and federal courts in Indiana and Illinois. Mike helps KDDK clients effectively resolve disputes and continue to build their businesses.