In August 2017, she was part of a trial team that won a record-setting $148 million jury verdict on behalf of a dancer paralyzed by a collapsed pedestrian shelter at O’Hare International Airport.
A native of Japan, Ms. Salvi moved to California with her family when she was a young child. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Pacific Union College in 2011, graduating cum laude and as a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. She then clerked at a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Los Angeles for a year before beginning her studies at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was awarded an academic scholarship.
During law school, Eirene became further involved in plaintiffs’ justice and human rights issues when she assisted a professor in writing an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the families of victims of terrorism against the Islamic State of Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. She also worked as an extern at the National Immigrant Justice Center, where she filed a successful application for humanitarian parole for a victim of gross human rights violations in the Central Democratic Republic of Congo. She characterizes that victory as “one of the greatest moments of my life,” and one that strongly influenced her to focus her legal career on helping victims of wrongs.