Team Spotlight – Kendra Goldhirsch
In this Team Member Spotlight, we chat with Attorney, Kendra Goldhirsch, who details her role here at the firm, as well as her commitment on behalf of a very special organization, The Verses Project.
How long have you been with Chaffin Luhana and what is your role here at the firm?
I’m an associate attorney with Chaffin Luhana’s Mass Tort division, and I’ve been with the firm for over 6 years now. Time flies!
What is your favorite thing about working at Chaffin Luhana?
First, we have an amazing team here at the firm, and I really enjoy being a part of that team. We all work very closely together and are accomplishing great things. Also, I’m quite passionate about the Mass Tort field, having specialized in this area for over 12 years. It’s an exciting area of law to practice – very cutting edge, marrying complex scientific issues and medical issues, while investigating liability theories (e.g., what the defendants knew, what they should have known, and what they did/didn’t do with regard to their drugs or products). Each day is unique and keeps me on my toes!
How do your talents best fit your role here at the firm?
I’m very detail-oriented and have always had a tendency to over-prepare to some degree. Those skillsets come in quite handy for what I do. I love discovery, investigating, putting facts together, and coming up with the truth of a matter. What’s great is that I get to use these skills while fighting for justice on behalf of our clients at the same time.
Tell us what you like to do in your spare time.
I love to travel – whether with family, with friends, or just getting out by myself. Now that things are opening up a bit, I’m looking forward to visiting North Carolina with some friends this summer.
You’re involved with a non-profit organization, The Verses Project. Can you tell us about that?
Sadly, my boyfriend of 20 years, Jason, passed away in April 2020. Jason was an amazing spirit, and as the founder of an independent music company here in New York, he touched the lives of many. He was constantly helping independent artists and musicians, and routinely found opportunities to help – sometimes even in small, touching ways. The Verses Project was born of a desire to create a memorial project to continue his work by showcasing independent artists and providing them with support and direction, whether that be with mentorship or funding for artistic projects, or both.
What’s next for The Verses Project?
Well, we recently awarded our first round of grant awards. We look to continue with the 2nd round later this year. But there’s more than just grants that we want to share – there are so many opportunities to do good. For example, we’d like to install music labs in several schools; we’d also like to create programs to aid musicians in their development, whether that be talent, marketing, networking, etc. This project has been a wonderful way to celebrate someone who was loved by many and did a lot of good.
How can someone get involved?
You can learn more about getting involved, donating to the grants, or simply keeping up on current events by visiting the Verses Project website at VersesProject.org.