In 1967 when Bob became an attorney he saw a painting in a lawyer's office that greatly influenced his career. The painting was of a cow. Pulling on the tail was an English gentleman who was labeled "Plaintiff." Pulling on the horns was a similarly dressed person who was labeled "Defendant." Beyond the cow in the regal black robe and wig was the Judge and sitting on a milking stool milking the cow was a person labeled "Lawyer." The title of the painting was "Litigation." A copy of that painting is in our reception area.
Since then Bob has kept his focus on what is best for his clients and not what is best for the firm. He does not believe attorneys should make a decision for a client but rather should explain the options available and the legal ramifications of those options. The client can then make an intelligent and knowledgeable decision.
Bob has tried to keep our practice human and personal. He does not use file numbers, he use our clients' names. He prefers to have a real person answer the phone. He has evening hours for appointments since many of our clients cannot come to the office during the workday.
Many times at the conclusion of a conference Bob is told by the client that they are glad they talked with him and they feel better for doing so. Bob may not have told them what they wanted to hear or he may not have devised a brilliant legal ploy but he did advise them the easiest, least costly, least time consuming, practical solution to their problem. Bob does not "milk the cow."
Bob graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1964. His law degree was obtained from University of Illinois Law School at Champaign, Illinois. Bob and his wife Trish have been married since 1969. They have three children and nine grandchildren. Bob handles most of the transactional work in the office, i.e. sales of businesses, real estate transactions, etc. Bob also does estate planning wills and trusts. Bob is a past Chairman of the DuPage County Real Estate Law Committee, former General Counsel to the DuPage Board of Realtors (now known as the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors) and a frequent speaker at seminars on real estate and estate planning topics.
Gina Birmingham - Attorney
When asked what they want to be when they grow up, for most children the answer is constantly changing. Gina knew at just 5 years old that she wanted to be a lawyer and never swayed.
Gina became a lawyer because she felt that lawyers are in a unique position to help individuals, groups, and organizations. As lawmakers, thought leaders, and change agents, lawyers are also in a unique position to affect societal change. Gina’s legal experience consists largely of real estate. Prior to joining the Borla, North & Associates team, she worked as a legal assistant at a real estate law firm for nearly three years. Gina believes that buying or selling a home is an extremely important event and that it is her duty to fight for her client’s interest throughout the transaction, and to help them make educated decisions by explaining all available options, legal ramifications, and expenses associated with them.
Gina received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School and was admitted to practice law in 2018.
Kelly Yates - Attorney
Kelly always knew she wanted to be a lawyer to help people. Kelly is very passionate about working for her clients to achieve just results. Kelly began her legal career in 2008 as a Prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she litigated abuse and neglect cases in the Child Protection Division for over seven years. After her time at the State’s Attorney’s Office, Kelly took four years off to work in the home with her two little girls, but she always knew she would resume practicing law. Kelly returned to work within the practice of landlord-tenant law, helping landlords enforce their rights under the terms of residential leases. What attracted Kelly to Borla, North & Associates was Bob Borla’s vision for what a law firm should be to its clients. That is, that the goal of her practice is to do what is in the best interests of her clients. Kelly joins Borla, North & Associates as an Attorney that supports all the firm’s practice offerings, though given her years as a prosecutor, her primary practice will be litigation. But regardless of whether the case is civil litigation, a real estate transaction, trust & estate planning or probate, Kelly brings her passion for justice and drive to always “do right” for her clients. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. She attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was admitted to practice law in 2008. While in law school, Kelly was a Civitas ChildLaw fellow and she graduated with a Child and Family Law Certificate. Additionally, in law school, Kelly worked for a Family Law Firm and for the Public Guardian’s Domestic Relations Division. Kelly also has experience working with victims of domestic violence and she has completed the 40-hour Domestic Violence training. Kelly is currently a Member of the DuPage County Bar Association. Kelly grew up in the western suburbs and she currently resides there with her husband Nelson and their two young daughters, Emma and Olivia. Kelly actively volunteers her time as a member of the Clarendon Hills Infant Welfare Society and at her daughters’ school, Notre Dame, in Clarendon Hills. Kelly also serves as the Third Vice President for the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago’s Auxiliary Board.