Kazan Law is proud to introduce our new asbestos attorney Irena Kin. Irena, who graduated cum laude from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2013 where she was a senior member of the Moot Court Honor Society, has a special affinity for the work we do here at Kazan Law as asbestos lawyers: empowering the powerless and speaking up for those whose voice is not heard. When Irena was three years old, she and her family left Tashkent, Uzbekistan as refugees and settled in Chicago. They had to adjust to life in a new country with an unfamiliar language where they had no professional or social network, and no jobs. As Irina’s English skills flourished, she became at a very young age the voice for her dislocated family.
“I became their translator and as a result I also became their advocate and had to be involved in adult decisions and responsibilities,” Irena explains.
She went on to graduate summa cum laude from DePaul University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prior to starting law school. Irena is a member of both the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Illinois.
Her early experiences inspired her to become a determined advocate for asbestos victims and we are pleased that she has come to the Bay Area from Chicago to join Kazan Law. Now, let’s talk a little more with Irena:
Why did you choose to go to law school?
Attorneys communicate persuasively, advocate for the injured, and fight to balance the scales of justice. That sounded like a perfect match for my skills and goals.
How did you become interested in working with asbestos and mesothelioma cases?
Individuals suffering from mesothelioma are victims of corporate irresponsibility. I wanted to help them seek compensation, and in doing so, send a message to companies that profits cannot be gained at the cost of worker health and safety.
Why did you choose to work for Kazan Law?
The people at Kazan are hard-working, passionate, and at the top of their game. That’s the team I want to play for.
How do you hope your work at Kazan Law will help mesothelioma victims?
Unfortunately, the legal system cannot award improved health or bring back loved ones, but it can help to right injustice through compensation. I hope to help mesothelioma victims achieve a sense of justice and cope with the financial burden of illness.