Chicago law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard has been impacting its local and legal communities with two inspiring new initiatives.

Partner Tom Mulroy III will use his musical talents to raise awareness and funds for children with congenital heart defects – the number one birth defect in the United States. Along with Christina Ballester, Senior Care Claims Consultant at Medpro Group, play in the band ex Cathedra. The band’s name, “ex Cathedra” is a Latin term commonly used in the legal world which means “from the chair, with authority.” The band plays covers of classic rock, modern rock, and country songs, with Christina as vocals and Tom on guitar and backup vocals.

Christina’s son, Alexander, was born with a congenital heart defect. He underwent surgery at just 5 days old to repair the condition and is thriving today due to the incredible work of the surgeons who cared for him and the research that has been done to progress the maneuvers in the last 40 years. The experience prompted Christina to give back and work to help other children with the same condition her son had.

While Christina works on the defense side and Tom represents plaintiffs, the duo bonded over their passion for music. This led them to establishing their band and organizing a benefit concert to help raise funds for the Children’s Heart Foundation Illinois, a group that raises awareness and funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.

Ex Cathedra’s next fundraising performance will be April 14 at the Rockhouse Cafe in Wilmette, Illinois. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Heart Foundation – Illinois Chapter. Visit here for more information.


In March, associate Eirene N. Salvi helped establish the Chicago Committee of the Japanese American Bar Association.

Ms. Salvi helped found the Chicago committee in 2018 along with Takayuki Ono of the Goldberg Kohn law firm. Ms. Salvi and Mr. Ono serve as co-chairs of the organization. The goal of the Japanese American Bar Association is to provide a special forum for members of the legal profession with interests and ties to the Japanese American community to discuss issues, network, and serve our community.

“I am honored to play an integral role in this organization and help provide a special network for my fellow Japanese, Japanese-American, and Japanophile attorneys and law students,” Eirene N. Salvi said. “I can’t wait to see how the Chicago committee of the Japanese American Bar Association continues to grow and contribute to the city’s legal community.”

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