Barbara L. Yong

Of Counsel

Barbara Yong focuses her practice on civil litigation and bankruptcy. Barb’s nearly 40 years of litigation experience, combined with her representation of both debtors and creditors in complex bankruptcy matters, creates a huge advantage for her clients in their business disputes.

  • Barb practices in the areas of:
  • Complex litigation in state and federal court
  • Prosecution and defense of collection actions, foreclosures and eviction proceedings
  • Conduct of bench and jury trials
  • Handling of appeals through Illinois Supreme Court and 5th and 7th Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • Representation of debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13
  • Litigation of numerous avoidance actions and preference claims
  • Asset protection planning
  • Counseling small to mid-sized businesses on general corporate matters, restructuring and wind down.

Barb has represented several community banks, equipment leasing companies and small to medium sized businesses in contract disputes of all kinds and collecting accounts receivable. She has handled cases from inception through trial and appeal, in state and federal court, mainly in Cook County and the collar counties. On the bankruptcy side, Barb has represented both individual and business debtors and creditors in chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 and has assisted many businesses in successful turnarounds. She has also successfully prosecuted and defended hundreds of preference claims and represented several receivers.

Barb joined GCT in 1999. Prior to going into private practice in 1986, she was a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Barb is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy, asset protection planning and equal pay for women and minorities.


Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1982
University of Illinois – Champaign- Urbana, B.A., 1979
Phi Beta Kappa


Illinois, 1982


American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
DuPage County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Lawyers Connecting
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois


United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
U.S. Court of Appeals (7th Circuit)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Member of Trial Bar


Selected as a Super Lawyer (in the top 5% of attorneys)

Person of Impact 2012, presented by League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area

Chapter Impact Award 2020, presented by TMA Global

AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell


Founder, Annual Chicago Equal Pay Day Rally
Professional Women's Club of Chicago (PWCC)
Small Business Advocacy Counsel (SBAC)
Exclusive Professional Women's Networking Group (EPWNG)
American Association of University Women (AAUW-IL)
BPW Illinois Educational Foundation - Trustee
Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs (IFBWC)
Illinois Wage Project
International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWV-IL)
Zonta International
Elite Lawyers Network (ELN)
Trusted Advisors Council (TAC)
North Short Lawyers Advisors Women (NSLAW)
National Association of Divorce Professionals (NADP)
ACA Business Club
Form Commissioner of the Park District of LaGrange (1987-1995)
Phi Beta Kappa


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