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Roopal Luhana is a partner at Chaffin Luhana LLP, a national plaintiff’s only law firm she founded with partner Eric Chaffin in 2010.
Roopal was raised in New Jersey by modest hard-working Indian parents and received her B.A. from Rutgers University, Douglass College in Economics and Political Science. She received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she was a Merit Scholar.
Roopal’s career as a woman in the male-dominated Plaintiffs’ bar began early in her career when she clerked for Judge Marina Corodemus (now retired), who at the time was the Mass Tort Judge of New Jersey—which has one of the most active mass tort dockets in the United States. Judge Corodemus taught Roopal to be a strong but fair and balanced voice for women, which is an ideal that she still emulates in her practice today. While clerking for Judge Corodemus, on a day-to-day basis, Roopal was responsible for managing thousands of mass tort cases and various class actions. She worked closely with the judge to develop case management orders and strategies for efficiently and effectively managing and resolving cases. The national litigations that Roopal worked on as a law clerk included the pharmaceutical drugs, Rezulin, Propulsid and PPA, as well as non-pharmaceutical actions such as the highly publicized consumer fraud class action against Cooper Tire and an environmental mass tort against Ciba Geigy.
In 2010 Roopal founded Chaffin Luhana LLP with partner Eric Chaffin in New York City. The firm focuses exclusively on representing plaintiffs, largely in mass tort litigation. Chaffin Luhana prides itself in providing clients with unsurpassed professional legal services designed to achieve the specific goals of its clients and their families. The firm has collected over $100 million for its clients in its first two years.
Roopal focuses her practice on representing injured consumers in mass tort litigation. She has spent considerable time representing injured women and her commitment to women’s causes has been recognized by the federal courts. For example, Judge Herndon of the Southern District of Illinois appointed Luhana and one other woman to the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the In re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation. Roopal also works closely with her female clients and co-counsel on transvaginal mesh injury cases, including cases involving injuries from the Bard Avaulta Mesh and Gynecare Prolift Mesh. She has also appeared on the Today Show on women’s issues.
Roopal is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York. She handles complex cases nationwide on behalf of consumers, affiliating with local counsel as necessary.
Roopal and Eric also founded the Chaffin Luhana Foundation in 2010. The Foundation is a philanthropic reflection of the firm's stated mission of Doing Good by Doing Right. Roopal and her family reside in Brooklyn, New York.