Background

Daisy Ayllón is a Senior Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin and a part of the firms highly respected Sexual Abuse & Hazing team. 

Prior to joining Romanucci & Blandin, Daisy spent nearly a decade at a Chicago-area personal injury firm, starting as a law clerk while in law school before her hiring as an attorney after passing the bar. She helped both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking individuals obtain justice in personal injury cases, including securing a $3 million settlement for a construction worker permanently injured from a fall at his worksite. In another fall case, Daisy secured more than $1 million for the family of an elderly man who died after a lack of diagnosis following breaking a hip due to negligence by a nursing home. In a separate $1 million settlement, Daisy helped a veteran who required amputation due to medical malpractice. In addition to years of experience in nursing home negligence and medical malpractice cases, Daisy has appealed multiple cases and tried numerous cases to verdict.

The legal community has regularly recognized Daisys achievements and advocacy for her clients, earning her several awards from prestigious Chicago and Illinois legal organizations and publications. Beginning in 2017, Daisy has received Super LawyersRising Stars award and since 2019 Leading Lawyers has named her an Emerging Lawyer. In 2021, Daisy was a recipient of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under Forty Award.

Daisy attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she received a full-tuition merit scholarship, was an editor of the Seventh Circuit Review, a Vice-President of the Moot Court Honor Society and was included on the Deans List. She graduated from Villanova University's Honors Program in 2011 with a degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Journalism. During her years at Villanova, Daisy was a legal intern with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office working with victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

Daisy moved to the United States at 13-years-old after spending her early childhood years near Toluca, Mexico. She has a long history of community service and volunteerism, including spending a college break building homes with Habitat for Humanity on a Native American reservation. Daisy is an avid cyclist, mixing her two passions after graduating from Villanova by bicycling from coast-to-coast to raise money and build more homes with Habitat for Humanity as she traveled across the country. She is passionate about educating others about their rights and responsibilities and has partnered with the American Bar Association Commission and Univision (the Spanish-language TV network) to educate the Hispanic community about their rights. She also serves as an investigator with the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, which seeks to improve the judiciary by investigating and rating judicial candidates.

Experience

  • $3,000,000 settlement on behalf of a Hispanic construction worker who fell at a construction site and suffered permanent injuries to his back. Daisy’s client will never be able to work again as a construction worker and has permanent deficits that make simple day-to-day activities painful. Through her connection with the client and her Spanish language skills, Daisy helped ensure that the client’s story was fully told during discovery depositions, which included various fact witnesses/co-workers with limited English skills.
  • $1,100,000 settlement on behalf of a veteran who developed a pressure ulcer on his heel, which became infected and resulted in a below-the-knee amputation. Daisy conducted the majority of discovery depositions, during which she obtained key testimony from the nurses admitting that they had violated the standard of care in various respects.
  • $875,000 settlement on behalf of the children of a man who choked to death at a nursing home when he was fed a sausage and was left unsupervised despite his need for a “mechanical soft” diet. Daisy’s ability to speak Spanish fluently allowed her to contact former employees, including CNAs, who had witnessed the events and they agreed to provide deposition testimony against the nursing home. The case settled for the policy limits.
  • $700,000 settlement on behalf of a nursing home resident whose g-tube became dislodged. When the nurses attempted to re-insert the g-tube, they perforated his stomach and then failed to confirm the proper placement of the tube in his stomach before resuming his feedings. The man died as a result of acute peritonitis and sepsis. Daisy was responsible for the depositions of several Defendant witnesses that contributed to the early resolution of this tragic case.
  • Zayed v. Clark Manor Convalescent Center, Inc., 2019 IL App (1st) 181552; Mickiewicz v. Generation at Regency, LLC, 2020 IL App (1st) 181771 (Ill. App. Ct. 2020). In these two cases, Daisy helped persuade the Illinois Appellate Court to decline to follow a previous case, Giles v Parks, which shortened the statute of limitations for disabled individuals. Daisy personally argued this issue before the Illinois Appellate Court and, ultimately, both the Zayed and Mickiewicz panels declined to follow their own precedent and described the result in Giles as “harsh and unfair” and a “miscarriage of justice."

Languages

  • English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Education & Certifications

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2014
  • B.A. Journalism, Villanova University, 2011

Awards & Recognition

  • Top 40 Attorneys Under Forty to Watch in Illinois by Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2021
  • Rising Stars, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2017-2023
  • Top Lawyer Emerging Women, Leading Lawyers, 2021
  • Emerging Lawyer Personal Injury Plaintiff, Leading Lawyers, 2018-2021
  • Emerging Lawyer Diversity, Leading Lawyers, 2021
  • Top 20 Illinois Verdict, 2020
  • AAJ Leadership Academy, class of 2023
  • Coach of the Year, Moot Court Honor Society, 2014

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois State Bar, 2014
  • Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 2020
  • General Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 2020

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In the News

Speaking Engagements and Publications

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • CLE Instructor, Nursing Home Injury Litigation: Common Claims, Medical Records, and Damages Assessment, Strafford Continuing Legal Education, October 8, 2020
  • Panelist, Alumni Panel for Admitted Students, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, April 30, 2020
  • CLE Instructor, Deposing Nursing Home Staff and Corporate Representatives, Stratford Continuing Legal Education, April 9, 2019
  • Speaker, An Overview of Nursing Home Litigation, Certified Nursing Assistant Association at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL, February 22, 2019
  • CLE Instructor, Protecting the Rights of Elderly Clients in Personal Injury in Personal Injury Matters, American Bar Association Commission on Law & Aging, February 19, 2019
  • CLE Instructor, Common Ethical Dilemmas in Civil Practice, National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, September 14, 2018
  • Panelist, Alumni Panel for 1L Orientation, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, August 15, 2017
  • Panelist, Alumni Panel for 1L Orientation, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, August 17, 2016
  • Panelist, Public vs. Private Sector, ABA 7th Circuit Spring Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 21, 2015
PUBLICATIONS
  • Levin, Ayllón, & Radecki, Arbitration Agreements”: Duress and Confusion, 19 Trial Journal 36; 2017
  • Daisy Ayllón, Note, Distinguishing the Corporal From the Divine: Legal Fictions Create Bodies Not Souls, 9 Seventh Circuit Rev. 21; 2013

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