Cheyna Rivka Volkov

Associate Attorney

  • Focus: Environmental Pollution, Consumer Protection
  • Phone: 212-558-5500
  • Fax: 212-344-5461
  • New York Office
    700 Broadway
    New York, NY 10003

So many of my clients are construction workers and machinists. My father works in construction and my grandfather was a machinist. I know firsthand the human qualities, passion, and incredible work ethic that go along with these trades. These people spent their lives being active and constantly creating with their own hands. To now have a deadly disease invade their autonomy, dignity, and sense of purpose is heartbreaking. Here at Weitz & Luxenberg, I feel privileged to work toward attaining justice and helping provide compensation and resolution to the victims and their families.

Cheyna Rivka Volkov has joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s specially designated Product Identification (PID) team within our Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice litigation unit. She has proven herself a dedicated and tenacious attorney.

For more than three decades, Weitz & Luxenberg has been working on behalf of clients who have been grievously injured by the actions of large corporations. Weitz & Luxenberg has been seeking justice on behalf of victims of asbestos exposure since it was founded.

The way we see it, companies that knowingly expose people to asbestos must be held accountable for their ruthless actions. Asbestos is a recognized carcinogen, a cancer-causing substance that can lead to severe diseases.

Mesothelioma is one of those diseases. It is directly linked to asbestos exposure, as is asbestos-related lung cancer.

When companies expose people to asbestos without providing appropriate safety equipment or alerting people to its dangers, they are endangering people’s lives. Asbestos is lethal.

Once a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, the damage cannot be undone. There is no cure.

It is evident upon meeting Ms. Volkov that she shares our strong conviction to make a difference in the lives of our clients. “Helping people on a personal level is very important to me,” Ms. Volkov says.

“Client contact is the most motivating and rewarding part of this job,” Ms. Volkov continues. “I want to do something of value, and getting to know our clients reminds me that we can make a real difference.”

“What I want to do more than anything is help bring about the very best outcome for our clients.”

“Our clients spent their entire lives working hard and contributing to society,” Ms. Volkov continues. ‘They are often unassuming people who were driven by a strong work ethic and sense of purpose. They weren’t trying to receive awards and recognition.”

“It’s important for us to do everything we legally can. That means these companies need to acknowledge the harm they’ve caused and compensate our clients as fully as possible,” Ms. Volkov insists.

At Weitz & Luxenberg, we could not agree more. Full and appropriate compensation is what our clients deserve.

In fact, Weitz & Luxenberg specifically hired Ms. Volkov to join our designated PID unit within the firm’s Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice litigation unit. PID stands for Product Identification.

Our PID team members are responsible for examining and evaluating facts and details from decades ago. Not just 30 or 40 years, Ms. Volkov points out. “Sometimes we have to go back 50 or 60 years to find the missing pieces of the puzzle.”

“The goal is to put together and connect all the facts, which involves a lot of research and investigation. We want to identify every instance of asbestos exposure in our client’s history in the most complete and comprehensive way possible,” Ms. Volkov explains.

“It is a dream to have joined Weitz & Luxenberg,” Ms. Volkov adds. “From the beginning, I sensed my skills and experience were an excellent match for the firm. Being part of the PID team is incredibly motivating because we’re all working for the same thing — to help our clients as much as possible.”

Her work with asbestos litigation began during her time in law school. While attending the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she served as an intern at the Supreme Court, Civil Branch, Appellate Term 1st Department.

While there, she became familiar with asbestos exposure and the debilitating and degenerative diseases it causes — lung cancer and mesothelioma.  She conducted legal research on asbestos, observed mid-trial asbestos settlements, and attended conferences held between plaintiffs and defendants.

Ms. Volkov is licensed to practice law in New York. She is fluent in Russian.

She earned her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City in 2016 and her B.A. from Touro College in Brooklyn, New York, in 2013.

Ms. Volkov’s passions outside of work include skiing, CrossFit, and traveling. Ms. Volkov has visited 10 countries and nearly all 50 states in the U.S.

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