WHEELING – Wheeling attorney Jamie Bordas got his first look at innovation and the future when he was just a child visiting his father’s law office more than 40 years ago.
That “future” had an entire room all to itself at the office of the late Jim Bordas.
“When my dad was in practice by himself, he was among the first attorneys locally to get a computer in the late 1970s,” the younger Bordas said. “Strangely enough, he never became very good at using the computer, but he made sure everyone else in the office could use it.”
Jamie Bordas said he remembers that early computer being so large it took up an entire room at the office.
“It was as big as a major piece of industrial equipment,” he said. “My dad always tried to stay on top of things. He also wanted us to do something bigger and better than other lawyers.”
As time moved on and video technology became available, Jim Bordas also realized television recordings could become part of the firm’s arsenal.
“It was his idea to do settlement videos,” Jamie Bordas explained. “Now we use settlement videos to put forth clients’ cases to the other side so the opposition sees what the evidence looks like. This technology has made possible several large settlements without the case going to court.
“The videos are done by professional production folks and are of high quality level. Because of them, we are able to show the other side what our case is.”
The Bordas and Bordas law firm began in-house video production in 2002, but for the past seven years it has used the Wheelhouse Creative firm to craft its legal videos, he said.
Bordas grew up in Wheeling and graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 1993. He went on to get an undergraduate degree in business administration from Notre Dame and graduated from law school there in 2000.
He began practicing with his father in 2002 and became managing partner in 2004.
“You have to be able to juggle a lot of things at the same time,” Bordas said. “You have to understand what is important on any given day and make sure things get done.”
Clients must come at the top of the list, according to Bordas.
“At the end of the day, clients are most important,” he said. “We have to provide excellent customer service. If we are not, I want to hear about it.”
Bordas said his firm’s results over the years is what has set it apart from other legal firms.
“We’ve had great results in diverse areas of the law for decades,” he said. “We’ve had settlements against some of the largest corporations in the country — among them Honda, Quicken Loans, State Farm and Walmart.
“We have the resources and talent to take on large companies from this region, and not all firms have that.”
Bordas and Bordas employs a total of about 50 people throughout its offices in Wheeling, St. Clairsville, Moundsville and Pittsburgh. Among the employees are 18 attorneys, according to Bordas.
It is possible for a law firm or business to come from a smaller region and still be able to take on the largest corporations, he said.
“But you have to have some fight in you,” he said. “We will bring in lawyers who handle only certain expertise areas. We also have to have passion to want to help clients.
“I will put our capabilities above those of anybody.”
“The Bordas and Bordas firm takes a team approach to its cases,” Bordas continued.
“We meet every other week – all of our lawyers,” he said. “It takes a chunk of time out of our day, but putting all of our minds together allows us to get a better end result for clients.
“And we do it (virtually) by Zoom so everybody is joined in.”
Bordas said in the legal business it is important to maintain teamwork.
“I don’t see our firm going to permanent remote status,” he said. “I know some firms have shifted in that direction … but I like to have that in-person communication and have everyone working toward a common goal.”
Bordas and Bordas is always seeking out new ways to better serve people in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and any new innovations likely would focus on that goal.
“We are always looking for ways to improve communication, and that may mean more video conferencing with clients,” Bordas said. “This allows face-to-face communication through Zoom, which previously we would have done on the phone. But with Zoom you can look into the eyes of a client and make a connection.”