40 Under Forty 2021



She is a strong advocate and gets exceptional results.”

D aisy Ayllon has earned her reputation as one of the most successful per- sonal injury lawyers in the city. During her short career, she has earned more than $40 million in verdicts and settlements for her clients. Examples of Ayllon’s results? She helped obtained a $3 million settlement on behalf of a construction worker who fell at a construction site, suffering per- manent injuries to his back. She also earned a settlement of $1.2 million for a man who was allowed to fall at a nursing home, breaking his hip. Those aren’t Ayllon’s only million-dollar successes. She also earned a settlement of $1.1 million on behalf of a veteran who developed a pressure ulcer on his heel that became infected, leading to a be- low-the-knee amputation and a $1 million settlement on behalf of a nursing home resident who developed a serious pres- sure injury that became infected, causing his death. Her peers say that Ayllon is known for her strong work ethic, persistence, calm demeanor under pressure, and ability to simplify complex factual scenarios and legal issues. Though she is only 31, Ayllon has already second-chaired a trial, has handled three appeals, and has argued twice before the Illinois Appellate Court. In one appeal she argued, Ayllon helped persuade the Appellate Court to de- cline to follow its own precedent, which shortened the statute of limitations for disabled individuals, and to acknowledge its past ruling as “harsh and unfair” and a “miscarriage of justice”. “Daisy had a great demeanor both in and out of court. She gets along with her adversaries while promoting her client’s

positions.” said retired judge Kay Hanlon now with ADR systems, “Daisy has a great ability to value a case. She develops a trusting relationship with her clients. She is a strong advocate and gets exceptional results.” Today, Ayllon serves as one of the lead attorneys in several Section 1983 cases, including two separate cases on behalf of two young men who were killed by the po- lice while experiencing mental crises. Ayllon is also known as someone with a deep sense of justice. She is determined to ensure her clients are fairly compensated for their catastrophic injuries, even in the most factually or legally complex cases. “As a first-generation Mexican-Amer- ican, Daisy demonstrates a combination of intelligence, tenacity and diligence un- paralleled by her peers,” said Jacob Ra- decki, attorney with Chicago’s McDonald Hopkins. “She approaches each case with a recognition that client service is para- mount and works hard to gain the trust of her clients.” On top of her courtroom advocacy, Ayllon has worked with state and federal legislators to advocate for victims of po- lice brutality as well as victims of elder abuse and neglect. Additionally, she often appears on the Spanish-language tele- vision news station Univision to discuss legal issues affecting Chicago’s Hispanic community. She also volunteers with Casa Central, an agency that provides family-oriented, culturally responsive social services to those in need. Now Ayllon serves as an investigator with the Alliance of Bar As- sociations for Judicial Screening, which evaluates judicial candidates to improve the quality of the judiciary.

FIRM Levin & Perconti LAW SCHOOL IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law

AREA OF PRACTICE Personal injury, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, civil rights



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