Interviewed by Tracey L. Schroeder
Please provide a description of your practice.
Eirene Nakamura Salvi joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in 2016. She concentrates her legal practice on cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability. She’s proud to help individuals and families get justice through the legal system for fatal or catastrophic injuries due to someone’s carelessness. She handles many wrongful death cases, birth injury cases, brain injury cases, and some other really tough injury cases. Eirene says these practice areas are emotionally trying, especially the types of cases she handles, but as a mother and as a woman, she can relate to her clients. She brings empathy to her clients at a very difficult time in their lives and they’re very appreciative.
Why are you a member of the WBAI?
Eirene believes the WBAI is the most impressive collection of women anywhere. Working in Personal Injury, she interacts with many organizations focused on personal injury, which she enjoys, but she also loves that the WBAI exposes her to other practice areas and to women achieving great things in all areas of the law. Eirene says the WBAI’s programming and events are second to none, are incredibly well organized and attended, and are a lot of fun.
What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?
Eirene says this question touches on something she loves and is passionate about, which is mentorship. It’s difficult for young female attorneys to find female mentors. She says it’s important to lift each other up and to be there to support and mentor the next generation of women lawyers. She says we need to make ourselves available to them, and we need to reach out and foster relationships with female law students and young attorneys. We are in a position to give them advice and take away a level of uncertainty, letting them know what to expect, and how to conduct themselves with clients, in court,
with opposing counsel, etc. Eirene feels joining the WBAI is one of the best ways to empower women, and to provide community to those desiring it – she feels the WBAI is a great resource for all female attorneys.
What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?
Since COVID-19, Eirene has had only one trial go to verdict. She said it was an amazing experience because she tried the case with her father-in-law, Patrick Salvi, Sr., and her husband, Brian Salvi. It was the first case she’s ever tried with Brian. She’s looking forward to getting back in front of a jury again.
Tell us something interesting about you.
Eirene grew up in a multi-cultural family and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at the age of 19. She didn’t appreciate it at the time, but it was truly an extraordinary day. She couldn’t be happier with her mom’s decision to bring her to the United States from Japan. She has lived in France and Mexico, and she speaks four languages – Japanese, French, Spanish and English. Eirene’s mom is from Mexico originally, and her dad didn’t allow her and her siblings to speak English at home to keep their language skills, which she’s very grateful for.