SPOTLIGHT: Francesca Cheng, Insurance

Francesca Cheng

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Selman Breitman showcases the philosophies, inspiration, and guiding principles of the women attorneys who help elevate our firm and client service.

With experience in tax and civil litigation, Francesca Cheng represents insurers in various types of coverage disputes. She advocates for the best interests of her clients in California, Oregon, and the United States Tax Court.

What woman inspires you and why?

My mother. She is capable of deep, unconditional love and willingness to make sacrifices in her personal life for our family. She is an example of a person who is resilient, empathic, and has unwavering values. I also appreciate that she is able to use food as an expression of love! Her example has instilled in me the traits that make me the woman I am today.

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Jennifer Lopez, aka “JLO”, is our generation’s Elizabeth Taylor. She is inspirational to me because she is living proof that you can achieve your dreams with hard work. She challenges the perceptions of conventional beauty, is proud of her heritage, and never forgets her roots despite her international fame and wealth.

What advice (professional or personal) would you give your younger self?

Don’t worry too much because things may not go according to plan. However, work hard and keep your eyes open for unexpected opportunities and blessings. Also, drink more water, exercise, and sleep more.

What led you to the practice of law and/or to your specific area of law?

I am interested in the practice of law because the law has such a pervasive influence in a person’s life. As a citizen, it affects your rights, safety, and well-being. As a consumer, you can be informed about what is in your products/food/car. The legal field also has a pervasive influence in pop culture as shown by literature, television and movies. Laws can create or solve problems when it relates to education, housing, or the environment.

What has living through a global pandemic taught you?

Although the global pandemic did show the ugly side of society – increasing death rates, rising homelessness, businesses suffering, mental health deterioration, injustice, and polarizing politics – it also showed the good side of people who demonstrated great empathy, compassion, selflessness, community, and grit. I still have hope for future generations.

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