March is a special time to reflect on the social, political, and economic achievements of all women around the world. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are celebrating the accomplishments of four outstanding women who help support HSPRD’s mission to make our firm strong, diverse, and committed to delivering excellence to our clients for over 38 years.
Kenya Franklin – Medical Malpractice Litigation Legal Assistant
I assist the firm’s medical malpractice group. Part of my work is to juggle many tasks at once. I help conduct legal research, draft and review documents, communicate with clients, prepare hearings, trials, and meetings, and organize and maintain files up to date. Most people don’t know that I have been a member of Mensa since I was 8 years old. I love to read! I also ran in the general election for Chicago Police District Council earlier this year. I’m excited to share that I will be sworn into office as 3rd Police District Councilwoman on May 2, 2023.
Liz Jaci – Partner
I work in the firm’s medical malpractice group. From pre-litigation investigation and counseling to vigorous representation in lawsuits, I represent various healthcare institutions, physicians, nurses, and therapists. Something most people may not know about me is that in December 2022, I obtained an LLM degree in Indigenous People’s Law from the University of Oklahoma so that I may provide pro bono services to benefit Native American tribes and individuals.
Kassandra Perez – Civil Rights Paralegal
As a paralegal in the civil rights group, I work on a variety of things. I field calls that come into the firm regarding certain class action lawsuits and potential cases. I also assist the attorneys in our practice group with various cases. A fun fact about me is that I got my undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Notre Dame which means I spent a lot of my undergrad solving math proofs. I also sang in the Mariachi Band in college for three years. I still love to sing and enjoy writing poetry in my free time!
Cynthia Rodriguez – Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation Legal Assistant
As a legal assistant, I work closely with attorneys to provide clerical, research, and organizational support and docket case information for attorneys and staff. I assist the workers’ compensation and physical injury team, reach out to clients, and connect with medical providers and insurance adjustors. One of my biggest hobbies is planting and growing succulents. Caring for plants is therapeutic to me. It helps me disconnect and take my mind off the daily grind.
“As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it.”– Ruth Bader Ginsburg