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Daniel J. Powell

Associate | dpowell@smsm.com
Associate | Chicago, IL
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Daniel Powell is a trial attorney focusing his practice on defending product manufacturer clients in toxic tort litigation. Mr. Powell serves on the National Coordinating Counsel team for a prominent firm client, overseeing the defense of products liability and premises claims in both local and national jurisdictions. He also serves on liaison counsel teams for various other clients, particularly manufacturers of industrial equipment. Through these roles, Mr. Powell has experience in various stages of litigation and is well-versed in drafting pre-trial motions, deposing witnesses, conducting extensive research, and assisting in discovery and trial preparation.  
Mr. Powell was named a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2014. He has been recognized for his participation in the Municipal Court Pro Bono Program in Chicago and also currently serves on the Associate Board for Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS). Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, he was an associate attorney for a small general practice where he focused his practice on litigating diverse personal injury claims through trial.

Honors

  • Editor, The John Marshall Law Review
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, President, 2009-2010
  • Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2014)

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), Nightline Attorney

Representative Matters

  • Secured a no liability/no damages award at a Cook County Mandatory Arbitration hearing on behalf of pro bono client. Plaintiffs sought $15,000 for physical injuries, property damage, medical expenses, and lost income resulting from a motor vehicle accident at an open intersection. Plaintiffs later dismissed client from the case as a result of the arbitration award.
  • Secured a no damages/no contribution award at a Cook County Mandatory Arbitration hearing on behalf of pro bono client. Plaintiffs, including a minor child, sought $50,000 for soft tissue injuries and emotional distress resulting from client's alleged involvement in a motor vehicle accident. A co-Defendant also sued client for contribution. Plaintiffs and co-Defendant later dismissed client from the case as a result of the arbitration award.

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. (Journalism and Mass Communication) and B.A. (Political Science), 2007

  • Distinctive Scholastic Achievement designation

John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2011, cum laude

  • Dean's List all semesters

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011