Barbara Yong is a partner with the Chicago law firm of Golan Christie Taglia LLP. She has been practicing for over 35
years, the last 25 of which has focused on business law, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She has tried cases in
state and federal court and argued before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts and the U.S. Circuit Courts of
Appeal for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits. Barbara is a frequent speaker on Bankruptcy and Asset Protection Planning.
She is also the found of Equal Pay Day Chicago and speaks on the Wage Gap and what we can do about it.
Barbara graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1982 and received her undergraduate degree from the
University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign in 1979 where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Barbara is a member of the
Illinois CPA Society, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the
DuPage County Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the
Turnaround Management Association and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.
Throughout her professional career, Barbara has been a powerful advocate for women’s issues generally and for pay
equity specifically. Nine years ago, Barbara founded the annual Equal Pay Day Rally held during the lunch hour in the
Richard J. Daley Center on Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day, recognized by Women’s organizations around the world,
symbolizes the day in April when a woman’s salary from the preceding 15 months catches up with what her male
colleagues earned in the prior calendar year (12 months) based on her earning an average of 80 cents for each dollar
earned by a man. This year’s Equal Pay Day rally took place on Tuesday April 10th.
Barbara is also an active member of many women’s rights organizations including the League of Women Voters, the
Illinois Federation of Business Women’s Clubs, the American Association of University Women, the Professional Women’s
Club of Chicago and the Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group. In 2012, Barbara received the Person of
Impact Award from the League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area.
Between 1987 and 1995, Barbara served two terms as a Commissioner of the Park District of LaGrange, the last 4 of
which she served as Park District President.
Barbara speaks on a variety of topics, including:
- Asset Protection Planning
- Bankruptcy Options
- Equal Pay