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Shari Goggin has successfully defended multi-million dollar, high-level exposure commercial and personal liability claims from inception through jury trials and appeals.

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Shari Dana Goggin

Senior Counsel

T: 713-362-8300     F: 713-362-8302    sgoggin@feesmith.com

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Attorney Goggin represents world-wide, nation-wide 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.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Attorney Goggin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Speech Communications, attended Pepperdine University School of Law, and am 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, IL.

 

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

State Bars of Texas and Illinois, as well as the Federal Trial Bar, the Illinois Supreme Court and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

 

Attorney 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. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL

AFFILIATIONS

Illinois State Bar Association

Texas State Car Association

DuPage and Kane County

IL Women’s Bar Associations

Illinois State Women’s Bar Association

DuPage County Pro Bono Award Winner

Attorney Goggin was a partner with Cozzi & Goggin prior to joining our firm.  She was also a partner at the Law Firm of Keisler & Berman in Chicago, IL.  Prior to that, she was a supervisor and trial attorney at Nationwide Insurance.  Further, she was associate and litigation defense counsel for Landau, Omahana & Kopka, managing its Belleville, IL office, also supervising over 30 attorneys. She has been a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney and an assistant public defender.  Over her career she totaled, so far, in excess of 95 jury and bench trials.

 

Throughout her tenure in public and private practice, Ms. Goggin is a well-respected litigator.  She excels at strategic litigation to aggressively press matters to resolution, whether through courtroom litigation or negotiations. Ms. Goggin has successfully defended multi-million 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.

 

 

Representative Matters

Throughout her career, she has represented clients such as McDonald’s, USIC, Black Horse Carriers, Eby Brown, Darden Restaurants, Edy’s Ice Cream, Hershey’s, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company from the investigation stage through jury verdict and appeal up to and including the Illinois Supreme Court and US 7th 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 our client’s shade cloth was not unreasonably dangerous.

 

Sailliez v. Edy’s Ice Cream, Will County, Illinois;  2010— prevailed and jury only 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% 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 Plaintiff nothing, stating the condition met code and was an open and obvious hazard to encounter.

 

 

Articles/Presentations

 

Trying A Wrongful Death Case:  Fleet Safety Conference, Chicago, IL July 2017

 

Negligent Entrustment:  Fleet Safety:  The NTEA Work Truck Show, Indianapolis, IN March 2018

 

Fleet and Rail Safety: Lessons from a Wrongful Death Trucking Trial, Las Vegas, NV April 2018

 

Teaching Attorneys in Civil Litigation: Liberty Mutual Insurance Company: 2008-2017

 

Construction Law in Illinois, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Bar Briefs, 2010

 

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