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Daniel L. Polsby

Dan started his career at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.  He worked there for three years, gaining significant trial experience in conjunction with the representation of Cook County's low income elderly population.  Dan spent the next nine years at a well respected insurance defense firm and handled multiple cases to verdict.  His practice currently focuses on insurance defense and coverage cases.

Dan's recent cases include:

  • Vitoux v. Southshore Baseball, 45D050807CT198, an Indiana case where the plaintiff suffered an eye injury that required surgery.  Dan obtained summary judgment on behalf of the owner of the stadium before Judge Hawkins based upon the risk assumed by a spectator at a baseball game. 
  • Claimsone v. Professional Propery Management, 2-10-1115, an Illinois appellate case where Dan filed an appellate response brief on behalf of the defendants in support of summary judgment granted by the trial court.  The appellate court affirmed, holding that the defendants owed no duty to remove naturally accumuled ice and snow despite a history of having done so voluntarily over the course of years prior to the plaintiff's fall. 
  • Friedlander v. United Maintenance Company, an Illinois personal injury suit involving a man who fell at the United Center and sued the cleaning service for failure to clean-up an unknown substance at one of the entry gates utilized by the general public.  Plaintiff demanded damages in excess of $600,000 for back surgery.  Dan obtained a not guilty verdict following a jury trial. 
  • Johnston v. Chesnut and URS Auto Transport, 09-cv-00137, an Indiana personal injury suit removed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.  Plaintiff fell while working at a truck wash in Lake Station, Indiana, and filed suit claiming that an unsecured chain on the defendants' truck pulled a floor grate out of place and caused the plaintiff to fall into the resulting hole, which caused back injuries requiring surgery.  Plaintiff demanded an amount in excess of $900,000.  During trial preparation, Dan filed a motioninliminepursuant toDaubertthat resulted in Magistrate Judge Cherry barring almost all of the opinions of the plaintiff's liability expert.  As a result, the case settled for approximately $75,000.
  • Muslin-Speck v. Chrysalis, an Illinois intentional torts suit.  A mother filed suit against the school where her daughter resided in Montana, claiming various intentional torts, including interference with parental rights.  Judge Stewart Nudelman entered dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction and the appellate court affirmed. 
  • Junk Fax Class Action Litigation (confidential settlement), involved a corporate plaintiff that sued the defendant motor carrier for sending unsolicited faxes.  The plaintiff sued as class representative, potentially exposing the defendant to liability for thousands of faxes sent over a four year period to multiple members of the potential class, including fees and penalties approaching seven figures.  After Dan presented evidence that the defendant had a prior relationship with the plaintiff, which the plaintiff had attempted to conceal, the plaintiff agreed to a settlement in the amount of $7,500.

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10 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1800

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Phone: 312-466-0383

Email: Daniel.Polsby@ruberry-law.com

Practice Area:

Insurance defense, insurance coverage


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Bradford College, B.A.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Cpl.


  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Professional Affiliations:

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association