Gabriella R. Comstock
Senior Attorney at Keough & Moody, P.C.
Areas of Practice
Gabriella joined the firm in 1996, where she first began her representation of community associations. Gabriella is primarily responsible for litigation related to community associations, which varies from breach of contract to seeking declaratory and/or injunctive relief. Gabriella regularly practices in State Court throughout the Chicagoland area, in Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois Court, including the Bankruptcy Court, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Gabriella also has extensive experience in the Illinois Appellate Courts. In addition to litigation, Gabriella’s practice also concentrates on representing community associations in non-litigation related matters, which includes providing Board of Directors’ with opinion letters, drafting amendments to the Association’s governing documents and drafting rules and regulations. She provides all areas of legal counsel to community associations within the Chicagoland area.
Gabriella’s practice also concentrates on litigation related to foreclosure matters, on behalf of local lenders. Gabriella assists lenders in representing their interests in uncontested and more complex foreclosure actions. Since 1996, Gabriella has not only represented local lenders in judicial foreclosure matters, but she also was primarily responsible for the firm’s representation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, pursuant to a contract with the Department of Justice, in representing the government in judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions.
Education and Admissions
Prior to joining the firm in 1996, Gabriella received her J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago, Cum Laude, in 1993.
Gabriella is admitted to practice law in all state courts in the State of Illinois and is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District. Gabriella is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar. Such admission is based on her vast litigation experience. She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar Association. Gabriella is a co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Property Law, Condominium Subcommittee. In 2013 Gabriella also became licensed to practice in Wisconsin.
In May, 2014, Gabriella was admitted to the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). CCAL is a prestigious group of attorneys practicing community association law in the United States. Fewer than 150 attorneys have been granted membership in the College.
Gabriella is actively involved with the Association of Condominium, Townhouse and Homeowners Associations ( ACTHA). Gabriella regularly contributes to ACTHA’s monthly newsletter by answering questions directed to an attorney, by a member. She also has written several articles for ACTHA’s newsletter, including her most recent articles entitled “Questions to Ask Before Your Next Annual Election”, “Common Interest Community Association Act: What is it all About?” and “The Collection of Assessments – A Must for Every Association”. Gabriella has also presented at several of ACTHA’s Trade Shows on various topics, including sitting on the panel and moderating the “Ask an Attorney” session.
Likewise, she is actively involved in CAI-Illinois’ Chapter. In the past, she co-chaired the Program Committee. In her “chair” roles, Gabriella has been instrumental in planning and organizing various educational programs sponsored by the Chapter, including the year round programs, the Legal Forum, and the education provided at CAI Illinois’ Annual Conference and Exposition. Gabriella also contributes written articles for CAI’s Common Interest Magazine. Gabriella also regularly speaks at various CAI Chapter Programs, including her presentations at various Legal Forums and participation at the annual Conference and Exposition. Gabriella has co-presented the “Legal Update” at CAI Illinois’ Conference and Expo for the past three years. She also has presented at the CAI National Law Seminar. Her involvement in CAI resulted in Gabriella receiving CAI’s Rising Star Award in 2008. In April, 2015 Gabriella was appointed to a position on the planning committee for the CAI Law Seminar which is hosted annually by CAI National.
Gabriella is regularly quoted in Chicago newspapers on issues related to community associations. Finally, Gabriella has contributed to IICLE’s (“Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education”) book related to Condominium Law. She has also presented for the National Business Institute (“NBI”), which is another resource for continuing legal education, on issues related to community associations and mortgage foreclosures.
Click here to read an article regarding the Palm II case, written by Gabriella for DuPage County Bar Association’s publication, The Brief.
Click here to see a video of Gabriella speaking on the topic of Electronic Notice & Voting.