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Danielle Downey

Associate

Danielle Downey joined Levin & Perconti as a law clerk in August 2018 and was later hired as an associate in October 2020, handling personal injury, nursing home, and medical malpractice cases.

Danielle graduated from DePaul University College of Law as a Dean’s Merit Scholar and Public Interest Law Fellow. During law school, Danielle served on the executive board of the American Constitutional Society, volunteered for the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Wills for Heroes Program, working with Chicago’s first responders and elderly populations to ensure that they received needed legal services.

During law school, Danielle also worked for the Chicago Public Defender’s Office in the appellate division, conducting research, drafting documents, and advocating for clients who were imprisoned.

Danielle also was accepted into the DePaul’s Litigation Lab, where she worked with Chicago area attorneys on their cases, strengthening theories of liability, researching questions of law, and theorizing how juries might react to their cases during trial.

During Danielle’s final year in law school, she was accepted into the Third Year in Practice Program, in which Danielle was able to work full time at Levin & Perconti, in addition to her studies, to strengthen her litigation, research, and legal writing skills for class credit, while still maintaining her honor roll status.

Danielle has strong ties to Illinois, as she grew up in the western suburbs, attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for her undergraduate studies and then moved to Chicago for law school. With her undergraduate degrees in psychology and social work, Danielle understands the power of advocacy, as she often worked with underserved communities and populations at risk for abuse and neglect. During her undergraduate years, Danielle worked with the Urbana-Champaign public school students, teaching them about their bodily autonomy and their right to be safe from harm. Danielle will continue to advocate for her clients through her legal career.

In her free time, Danielle enjoys attending concerts and spending time with her family and friends.

Education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2020

B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois, 2020

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Women’s Bar Association

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