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.
“I came into law because I wanted to play a role in the justice system,” she says. “The Congo case inspired me and motivated me to fight for survivors and do whatever it takes to get compensation for those who deserve it. It inspired me to take risks even if the odds are against you.”
At Notre Dame, she was also vice president of the Asian Law Students Association, and was active in the Black Law Students Association and Hispanic student groups.
After receiving her law degree in 2015, Eirene joined a prominent Chicago personal-injury plaintiff’s firm as an associate. In her first trial as an associate, she was part of a team that won a medical malpractice verdict in excess of $1 million.
She then came to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. the following year. She is married to Brian L. Salvi, whom she met when both were students at Notre Dame.
In 2017, in her first trial with the firm, Ms. Salvi obtained an $11.25 million jury verdict on behalf of a mother who was killed in a double fatal car crash. Also in 2017, Ms. Salvi helped obtain a $3.5 million settlement on behalf of a man who was struck by a UPS truck in DeKalb County.
In addition to her busy law practice, Eirene has recognized the importance of working to preserve victims’ rights through activity in professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
“Some people view lawyers in a negative light, but I’m so happy to be part of a firm that’s always working to change that perception through our work,” she says. “We provide an avenue and assistance to people who have been injured through no fault of their own. That’s a philosophy this firm believes in very strongly and makes me excited to be here. It’s a great firm to work for if you believe in the cause for victims.”
Ms. Salvi speaks four languages—English, Japanese, Spanish, and French—and enjoys travel, particularly to her own Japanese homeland and to her mother’s homeland, Mexico. She works with a group that promotes greater inclusion of studies on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II in school textbooks and national recognition and preservation of the stories of its survivors. She serves on the auxiliary board of Lawyers Lend-A-Hand, and is a member of the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association, the Justinian Society of Lawyers, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Notre Dame Lawyers of Chicago.