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  • Education
    • J.D., University of California-Irvine, School of Law, 2013, Equal Justice Works Scholar; Public Interest Law Fund Scholar; Pro Bono Graduation Honors
    • M.A., University of Chicago, 2010, Humanities Trustees Tuition Scholar
    • B.A., University of Iowa, 2005, Principal Financial Group Scholar; Upper-Class and International Studies Scholar
Danila Toscano knows how important sound advice and strategy are to a successful enterprise. As an associate in the Commercial Litigation practice, clients rely on Danila to partner with Polsinelli’s seasoned attorneys to provide practical litigation strategies that offer a comprehensive approach based on legal, economic and industry trends. Throughout the life of a case, Danila is dedicated to understanding challenges from the client’s perspective and executing litigation strategies that align with their broader business objectives.

Danila’s practice centers on representing businesses, public entities, and individuals in commercial litigation matters, catastrophic and personal injury claims, premises liability, unlawful detainers, and construction matters. She is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated matters from the initial intake and case strategy phase through discovery and successful trials. She takes pride in bringing a collaborative and strategic brand of representation to each matter, while maintaining focus on sound business acumen.

Danila is also committed to participating in Polsinelli’s pro bono program, engaging in several immigration related matters. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has extensive experience living and working in Latin America, including her service in the Peace Corps, El Salvador.
  • Awarded a six figure judgment in attorney fees for successfully prevailing on two anti-SLAPP motions on behalf of 7 defendants, effectively striking the complaint and dismissing the action with prejudice. The anti-SLAPP motions were granted when the Court found that the facts Plaintiffs put forth in their action for defamation were actually facts that demonstrated privileged, constitutionally-protected speech on a purely religious matter. Accordingly, the Court found that Plaintiffs’ Complaint was a strategic lawsuit against public participation. The Court’s ruling granting attorney’s fees for the 7 defendants declared “[t]he fee award is what one would reasonably expect for high quality work on this multi-defendant case in a challenging area of the law requiring intense and time-sensitive efforts very early in the case.”  
  • Successfully obtained a dismissal pursuant to a demurrer for a major commercial real estate services company in a case involving claims for breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraudulent concealment and intentional misrepresentation, when the plaintiff in the action claimed that defendants had wrongfully provided an appraisal for a property.
  • Represented a public entity in an action involving a minor’s claims against a school district for alleged sexual abuse by an employee. After a three week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict in client's favor, finding that no abuse had occurred.
  • Secured pro bono asylum victories from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for two minor sisters who fled horrific physical and emotional abuse and sexual assault in their home country of Honduras.
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American Bar Association
May 22, 2018
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February 14, 2018
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Northern California Record
June 13, 2017
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California Federal District Court Grants Partial Dismissal to Suit Alleging Violations of the Endangered Species Act
Sedgwick’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update
August 2014
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Calif. Is Particular About Secondary Exposure Liability
Co-Author, Law360
July 2014
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CA Appellate Courts: Secondary Exposure Claims Permitted Against Product Manufacturers, But Not Premises Owners
Co-Author, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update
June 2014
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Court of Appeal Affirms Dismissal of Cases Brought by Foreign Banana Farm Workers Claiming Exposure to Chemicals Rendered Them Sterile
Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update
April 2014
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Delayed Discovery Cannot Cure Defective Pre-Litigation Investigations for Proposition 65 Suits
Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update
March 2014
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The Wheels Keep Spinning Against Lance Armstrong
Co-Author, Sedgwick’s Live Entertainment News
August 2012