Nerissa Diaz Moisan is an experienced associate in the Chicago office of Gordon & Rees. Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Diaz Moisan was educated at Northwestern University and DePaul University, two of the city’s leading institutions. While she focuses on defending corporations in toxic tort litigation, her experience also includes general tort litigation, insurance defense, product liability, negligence, and contract disputes.
Ms. Diaz Moisan is active in all phases of litigation, including investigating and evaluating the facts, preparing and implementing effective case strategy, coordinating discovery, conducting depositions, engaging in motion practice, advancing the client’s position during pre-trial hearings, negotiating settlement, and preparing for and persuading a jury of the facts at trial. She works diligently to resolve matters amicably in settlement and as an advocate in court.
Ms. Diaz Moisan is fluent in both English and Spanish and has spoken with clients during all aspects of the litigation process in both languages. Ms. Diaz Moisan also serves on the firm's Diversity Committee.
Background & Prior Experience
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Diaz Moisan advocated and advised on matters in civil litigation, specifically toxic tort, mass tort, insurance defense, defamation, product liability, and negligence cases. She appeared in court for case management conferences and oral argument throughout the state of Illinois. She conducted depositions, drafted motions, mediated cases to settlement, and participated in both bench and jury trials. Ms. Diaz Moisan previously performed legal research and drafted court pleadings and discovery regarding insurance subrogation, civil procedure, and plaintiff’s personal injury matters in various Illinois counties and at all levels of state court. She served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Raúl Vega, worked to exonerate the innocent at Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, and provided in-house legal advice for Levy Restaurants.
While in law school, Ms. Diaz Moisan was a member of DePaul’s International Moot Court Team, from which she received the CALI Award. She was also an editor and staff writer for the Cause of Action Newspaper and received the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award, for having completed over 200 hours of legal volunteer service. While at DePaul, she also studied international law at Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy and Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her undergraduate studies, Ms. Diaz Moisan received numerous leadership honors and submitted a thesis concerning the United States’ immigration policy following the enactment of Arizona SB 1070. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
Chicago Committee of Minorities in Large Law Firms
Defense Research Institute: DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar