WHEELING -Bordas & Bordas PLLC has again been voted No. 1 in the attorneys category for The intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register's Readers' Choice awards. The Wheeling-based law firm is one of the largest plaintiff's litigation firms in West Virginia.
"We consider it an honor that the readers chose our firm for this award," said Jim Bordas, co-founder of the firm. "Every year that we have received this recognition is special because it is voted upon by the community where we live and work. I hope that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations of those who selected us."
Bordas & Bordas was founded in 1985 by the husband and wife partnership of Jim and Linda Bordas. Since that time, the firm has grown to 15 attorneys and 22 other staff members. The firm also has an office in St. Clairsville and will be soon be opening a third location in Moundsville.
JIM, LINDA AND JAMIE BORDAS
Two years ago, the firm established a new logo that it believes reflects the values of the firm.
Jamie Bordas, the managing partner of the firm and son of the founders, said, "Our logo is a shield with four quadrants. Each quadrant stands for something that is important to our firm - Experience, Community, Family and Results. These quadrants are joined together by a Cross that goes through the middle of the shield that serves as a reminder that we are a Christian firm and should be guided by our faith in all that we do."
The experience of the firm continues to grow broader and broader. This year the firm added its fifth attorney to have graduated from Notre Dame. Each of the firm's attorneys has excelled before arriving at Bordas & Bordas. The roster of lawyers includes a former National Debate champion in Chris Regan, a West Point graduate in Geoff Brown, former Supreme Court clerks in Jay Stoneking and Michelle Marinacci, and the first person to ever obtain a 4.0 GPA in the professional accountancy program at Clemson in Jason Causey.
Jim Bordas said, "We strive to bring in the best legal talent that we can find. More importantly, our attorneys have continued to develop their skills and that has allowed us to handle all areas of plaintiff's litigation at a high level against some of the top defense firms in the country. We have the size, resources and knowledge to take on anyone."
The firm has not only handled cases throughout West Virginia and Ohio, but has also represented clients in other states as well.
"We have had a significant presence in these two states for years, but we have also handled cases in other states as well, including Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Delaware, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico and Texas," Jamie Bordas said.
The Community and Family quadrants of the shield are just as important to the firm.
"Not a day goes by where we aren't doing something to help an individual or group in our community. I am always so proud when I see one of our attorneys or staff members helping others who need it," Linda Bordas said.
Jamie Bordas serves as president of the YMCA Board of Directors and is the chairman of the Catholic Charities West Virginia Annual Gala. Scott Blass and his wife, Kathy, founded Ohio Valley Breast Cancer Awareness and hold the annual Driving Fore a Cure Golf Tournament each October to provide support to women receiving treatment for breast cancer. Jim and Linda Bordas have been long-time supporters of countless local charities, including The Soup Kitchen, the Marshall County Animal Shelter and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
When it comes to family, the firm not only strives to keep its family-based beginnings in mind, but also recognizes that when someone is seriously injured, the entire family is affected and needs the firm's help.
Jamie Bordas is proud that the firm is able to represent individuals who are unable to fight for justice on their own against large corporations or insurance companies.
"We have been able to consistently obtain results for our clients in so many different areas of plaintiff's litigation, he said. "My dad was on 60 Minutes when he helped change the way female coal miners are treated in the workplace. We have obtained record verdicts in cases involving bank misconduct, product liability, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and insurance bad faith. Not many firms can say they have been able to do that. Our goal is to continue to get great results for our clients and to continue to build upon our past success. For the younger lawyers in our firm, we continue to all have the benefit of learning from two of the greatest trial lawyers that I have ever seen in my mom and dad and that has allowed so many of us to join them in continuing to get great results."
Jim Bordas is always quick to remind the attorneys at the firm to practice law for the right reason.
"I have always said that if you practice law because you want to help people, then you will be very successful. If you are just in it to make money, then you probably won't and will not be very successful in your career," he said. "The thing that I still enjoy most every day is helping people. That is what we are here to do. So many people need someone to listen to them. Even if it turns out that they don't have a case, people are so appreciative that someone took the time to listen to their story and care about them. That isn't just being a lawyer. It is being a caring human being and that is what I hope to instill in all of the lawyers at our firm."