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Shari Dana Goggin represents worldwide, nationwide and local clients in complex, high-exposure defense litigation including trucking, fleet management, products liability, construction, contracts, coverage, professional liability, errors and omissions, premises defect, constitutional law and school law.
Ms. Goggin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Speech Communications, she attended Pepperdine University School of Law, and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law. She was also an adjunct professor for Torts at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.
Federal Trial Bar
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court
Ms. Goggin is admitted to practice in the State Courts of Texas and Illinois, along with the Northern and Central District Federal Courts of Illinois and the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Illinois State Bar Association
Texas State Bar Association
DuPage and Kane County, Ill., Women’s Bar Associations
Illinois State Women’s Bar Association
DuPage County Pro Bono Award Winner
Ms. Goggin was a partner with Cozzi & Goggin prior to joining FSSV. She was also a partner at the Law Firm of Keisler & Berman in Chicago. Prior to that, she was a supervisor and trial attorney at Nationwide Insurance. She was associate and litigation defense counsel for Landau, Omahana & Kopka, managing its Belleville, Ill., office, and supervising more than 30 attorneys. She has been a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney and an assistant public defender. So far in her career, she has in excess of 95 jury and bench trials.
Ms. Goggin is a well-respected litigator in public and private practice. She excels at strategic litigation to aggressively press matters to resolution, whether through courtroom litigation or negotiations. Ms. Goggin has successfully defended multimillion-dollar, high-level exposure commercial and personal liability claims from inception through jury trials and appeals. She argued in the Illinois Supreme Court at the age of 25. She also counsels commercial clients in their ongoing operations using her litigation experience not only to prevent litigation but to place those clients in a position of strength should a lawsuit arise.
Ms. Goggin has represented clients including McDonald’s, USIC, Black Horse Carriers, Eby-Brown, Darden Restaurants, Edy’s Ice Cream, Hershey’s and Liberty Mutual Insurance from the investigation stage through jury verdict, and appeal up to and including the Illinois Supreme Court and U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representative Trial Victories
Arnold J. Klehm Grower, Inc. v. Ludvig Svensson, LLC, Kane County IL; 2017. Prevailed on products liability claim against manufacturer of shade cloth for greenhouses where a fire started and spread over the cloth. The jury found that the client’s shade cloth was not unreasonably dangerous.
Sailliez v. Edy’s Ice Cream, Will County, Illinois; 2010. Prevailed and jury awarded $22,800 after $14.7 million was demanded from the jury for claimed injuries sustained in a trucking accident where client’s semi performed an illegal U-turn on a highway. Special damages were claimed to be in excess of $4 million. Jury did not believe Plaintiff was seriously injured and found Plaintiff 45 percent comparatively negligent.
Tucci v. Louis Glunz Wines, Inc., Lake County, IL; 2015. Prevailed on a wrongful death case where Plaintiff committed suicide the night before trial was originally to begin following an overdose on pain medication taken allegedly resulting from the injuries in the rear-end trucking accident. Plaintiff demanded $12.5 million from the jury.
Zalesky v. Lincoln-Way Schools, Will County, IL; 2015. Prevailed on a case where Plaintiff was paralyzed after falling through her garage attic floor. Plaintiff claimed the access stairway and attic did not contain a proper floor and did not meet local building codes. She demanded $5.3 million from the jury. The jury awarded the Plaintiff nothing, stating the condition met code and was an open and obvious hazard to encounter.
Trying A Wrongful Death Case: Fleet Safety Conference, Chicago, July 2017
Negligent Entrustment: Fleet Safety: The NTEA Work Truck Show, Indianapolis, Ind., March 2018
Fleet and Rail Safety: Lessons from a Wrongful Death Trucking Trial, Las Vegas, Nev.,April 2018
Teaching Attorneys in Civil Litigation: Liberty Mutual Insurance: 2008-2017
Construction Law in Illinois, Liberty Mutual Insurance Bar Briefs, 2010
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