Melissa joined BNA in August 2004. Her primary responsibility is assisting our real estate clients with their closings. Daily she corresponds with our buyers and sellers, their realtors, other attorneys, lenders and title companies. She prepares all the documents for the closings.
Previously she was employed with two other Chicago firms handling foreclosures, commercial and residential real estate transactions. She received her paralegal degree at South Suburban College in 2001.
Connie S. Dziubek - Office Manager
Connie has been with the firm since 1982. As Office Manager, her responsibilities include accounting, personnel, accounts payable and receivable, the purchase of office equipment and supplies, payroll and employee benefits. Prior to her employ with Borla, North & Associates, she was the Office Manager for a Chicago law firm.
Leah Jacques - Sr. Title Officer
Leah joined our firm in 1991 as a part-time real estate paralegal. In 1992 she took on the additional responsibility of doing the Attorneys' Title Guaranty title work, which is now the primary focus of her duties at BNA. She handles all matters related to insuring title for both residential and commercial properties, including search orders, preparation of commitments and policies, document recordings as well as acting as the office liaison to lenders/attorneys for non-office title orders. Her previous employment included working at 2 title companies and 2 law firms.
Jacqueline A. Kowalski - Litigation Paralegal
Jackie joined Borla, North & Associates in February 1995 as our litigation paralegal. Her duties include the calendaring and monitoring of all our litigation files, preparation of pleadings, correspondence, scheduling cases on the court call and speaking with clients regarding all aspects of their files. She handles our business purchases and sales, divorce, post-decree and many other general areas of our practice. Prior to coming to BNA she worked in a general practice firm in Hillside, Illinois. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduating with a major in political science where she worked for a labor litigation firm.
Kathleen A. Magold - Receptionist / Real Estate Legal Assistant
Kathy joined Borla, North & Associates in March 2016 after an absence from the legal field. Her experience includes working as a Senior Paralegal with an American Multi-National conglomerate corporation, handling litigation and real estate transactions for their outdoor advertising division. Prior to that, Kathy worked at a Chicago CPA firm in their legal department handling insurance fraud cases that involved working closely with in-house private investigators. She attended St. Xavier University and obtained her paralegal degree from The American Institute for Paralegals Studies.
Yvonne Parise - Legal Assistant
Yvonne joined Borla, North & Associates in April of 2011 as the Estate Planning & Corporate Paralegal. She assists clients with the preparation of their estate planning documents such as Trust, Wills, Power of Attorneys, Amendments, Codicils and Deeds. She also handles the preparation of documents for our corporate clients including meeting Minutes, Annual Reports, Operating Agreements and Stock Certificates. Yvonne is attending the College of DuPage for her degree in Paralegal studies.
Renee Steele - Closer
Renee has been involved in real estate transactions for over 30 years. She is an experienced closer who has worked with Borla, North & Associates since 1991. She had previously worked for a title company in Florida before coming to Illinois with Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund.
Ashley Trombello - Real Estate Assistant
Ashley has been with us since January, 2013. She assists our clients with the sale or purchase of their home. Ashley also corresponds with realtors, lenders, attorneys and title companies.
Prior to BNA she was a legal assistant for a firm that specialized in workers' compensation and social security disability.
Judy Urban - Real Estate Assistant
Judy has been with BNA since April of 2004. She assists the real estate paralegals in ordering title policies, surveys, preparation of real estate documents along with handling all the post-closing issues. Previously she was employed with another law firm for 10 years as a legal secretary.