Shari Goggin, Partner

Phone: (281) 962-3676

Shari Goggin is a Partner in both the Houston and Rio Grande Valley offices of Resnick & Louis, P.C. and has an extensive history as a trial attorney. She has experience in trucking and transportation, construction defect, first party property and coverage, SIU/EUO, premises liability, automobile liability, bodily injury defense, bad faith defense, catastrophic injury, professional liability, directors and officers, aviation, and products liability. 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. Further, Ms. Goggin's has had professional liability experience defending lawyers, architects, and engineers.

Shari 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. Shari 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. Additionally, Shari has worked on matters related to energy efficiency, natural gas procurement, and renewable energy credits.

Since 2002 represented multiple national and international carriers, owner/operators and fleets. Representative clients include McDonald’s, Black Horse Carriers, USIC, Edy’s/Dreyer’s Ice Cream. I have presented at numerous fleet and trucking/transportation seminars and conventions from NAFA to SRI and to multiple carriers including Liberty Mutual, UPC and AMICA, tried 99 cases, including 45 to verdict in a civil case.

Representative Matters:
Shari 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.

Shari is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and is admitted in the Federal Trial Bar.

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  • Juris Doctor, Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Affiliations:
  • University of Houston Bauer College of Business Advisory Board Member

Licenses & Admissions:
  • Texas State Bar
  • Illinois State Bar
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

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