Daisy Ayllon joined Levin & Perconti as a law clerk in May 2013 and was hired as an Associate Attorney upon graduation from law school in May 2014.
During her time at Levin & Perconti, Daisy has worked on an array of cases, including a defamation lawsuit, a case involving a mental-health patient who was negligently discharged from a hospital and later jumped from her balcony and eventually died, and several other elder abuse, nursing home and medical malpractice cases. “This is an area of the law where one is constantly reminded of how the justice system impacts people in a very personal way,” she said. “Being a lawyer at this firm means that I can bring all my passion, compassion, and intellect to find legal solutions that quite literally change people's lives.”
Daisy attended Chicago-Kent College of Law on a full-tuition merit scholarship. While in law school, Daisy was named to the Dean’s List, served as an Editor of the Seventh Circuit Review, and was elected Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society. She represented the school in the National Cultural Heritage Law and the Appellate Lawyers Association moot court competitions, winning third place for Best Brief. In 2014, Daisy was also recognized as the Society’s Coach of the Year for her commitment to and enthusiasm about coaching junior members.
Daisy earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Villanova University, where she was accepted into the Honors Program. Daisy served as a staff writer for The Villanovan and worked for ABC News in Charleston, South Carolina, where she taped, edited, and packaged stories for the 6 o’clock news; wrote stories for the website; and, from time to time, worked as the TV station’s assignment editor.
Passionate about service, Daisy traveled to a Native American reservation during a college break to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. After graduating from Villanova, Daisy bicycled from east coast to west coast (some 4,000 miles) to raise money for and awareness of the affordable-housing crisis in the United States, stopping along the way to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together all across the country. To read more about Daisy's experience, click here.
Outside of the office, Daisy is involved in a number of bar associations, including the Women's Bar Association of Illinois and the Hispanic Lawyers Association. Recently, Daisy began volunteering with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago's Lawyers In The Classroom program and serves as the firm's liaison and team leader.
Daisy was raised in small village near Toluca, Mexico--a city located about an hour southwest of Mexico City. She moved to the United States at the age of 13 and has worked tirelessly to become truly bilingual and bicultural.
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2014
Dean's List, Editor of the Seventh Circuit Review, Moot Court Honor Society
B.A. Journalism, Villanova University, 2011
Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 2020
General Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 2020
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago-Kent Young Alumni Council
Chicago Bar Association
The American Association for Justice
- 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).
- CLE Instructor, “Nursing Home Injury Litigation: Common Claims, Medical Records, and Damages Assessment,” Strafford Continuing Legal Education, October 8, 2020.
- Panelist, Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Panel for Admitted Students, April 30, 2020.
- CLE Instructor, "Deposing Nursing Home Staff and Corporate Representatives", Strafford Continuing Legal Education, April 9, 2019.
- Speaker, "An Overview of Nursing Home Litigation", Certified Nursing Assistant Association at Prairie State College, 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, Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Panel for 1L Orientation, Chicago, IL, August 15, 2017.
- Panelist, Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Panel for 1L Orientation, Chicago, IL, August 17, 2016.
- Panelist, ABA 7th Circuit Spring Meeting - "Public vs. Private Sector," Chicago, IL, February 21, 2015.
- Top "40 Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" in Illinois by Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2021
- Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2017 - 2022
- Top Lawyer - Emerging Women, Leading Lawyers, 2021
- Emerging Lawyer - Personal Injury Plaintiff, Leading Lawyers, 2019 - 2021
- Emerging Lawyer - Diversity, Leading Lawyers, 2021
- Top 20 Illinois Verdict, 2020
- Investigator/interviewer, Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening ISBA 2017 – present
- Secretary, Emerging Leaders Auxiliary Board, Casa Central 2018 - 2020
- Tutor, Midtown Education Foundation 2016 - 2017
- Firm Liaison, “Lawyers in the Classroom,” Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago 2015-2016
- Member, Chicago-Kent College of Law Young Alumni Council
- wift.org, February 2021: “Mother of Ricardo Muñoz, killed by Lancaster police, sues department.”
- witf.org, October 2020: “Lancaster police body camera video shows aftermath of Ricardo Munoz shooting.”
- Lancaster Online, October 2020: “Our Society Continues to Fail to Care for People with Serious Mental Illness.”
- Univision Chicago/ABA, January 2019: “What steps should you take if you suspect your loved one was neglected in a nursing home?”
- Univision Chicago/ABA, November 2018: “What should drivers take into account when traveling by road during this holiday season?”
- Univision Chicago/ABA, October 2018: “What is the difference between a civil and criminal case involving police brutality?”
- Univision Chicago/ABA, September 2018: “What are your rights and responsibilities as a patient?”
- Univision Chicago/ABA, August 2017: “What responsibility do schools have when students are in their care?”
- Univision Chicago interview, March 2017: Attorney Daisy Ayllon and her clients discussing a case that that settled against Center Home for Hispanic Elderly and other defendants for $875,000. The case involved a client who was given a piece of sausage at the nursing home and choked to death.
- Univision Chicago/ABA, March 2017: “How one's immigration status may affect one's rights to sue due to negligence or other personal injuries.”
- Univision Chicago/ABA, October 2016: “What types of negligence can occur in nursing homes and what can be done to protect loved ones living in these places?”