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Protecting the Rights of Consumers For Over 25 Years

Tara L. Goodwin

Chicago Consumer Protection Lawyer

Tara L. Goodwin is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A., with general honors, 1988) and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1991). She joined the firm in 1991 and became a partner in 2000. Ms. Goodwin was Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Consumer Law Committee from 2007 – 2010, and has also served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Legislative Committee. She has previously been on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute’s Consumer Financial Services Institute in Chicago, speaking on issues relating to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and mortgage litigation. Ms. Goodwin spoke at the 2016 Conference on Consumer Finance Law on mortgage servicing issues. She has also been a frequent speaker at the Chicago Bar Association, speaking on topics such as how to assist consumers with credit reporting problems.

Ms. Goodwin is admitted in the Seventh, First, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana. She is a member of the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar.

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1998


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1988
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors

Representative Cases:

  • Williams v. Chartwell Finan. Svcs., 204 F. 3d 748 (7th Cir. 2000)
  • Bessette v. Avco Finan. Svcs., 230 F. 3d 439 (1st Cir. 2000)
  • Greenberg v. Republic Fed. S.L. Ass’n, 1995 WL 263457 (N.D. Ill. 1995)
  • Hillenbrand v. Meyer, 682 N.E. 2d 101 (Illinois 1st District 1997)
  • Large v. Conseco Fin. Servicing Co., 292 F.3d 49 (1st Circuit 2002)
  • Carbajal v. Capital One, 219 F.R.D. 437 (N.D.Ill. 2004)
  • Russo v. B&B Catering, 209 F.Supp.2d 857 (N.D.Ill. 2002)
  • Mount v. LaSalle Bank Lalce View, 926 F.Supp. 759 (N.D.Ill 1996)
  • Garcia v. Village of Bensenville, 2002 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 3803 (N.D. Ill. 2002)
  • Romaker v. Crossland Mtg. Co., 1996 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 6490 (N.D.Ill. 1996)
  • Hillenbrand v. Meyer Medical Group, 720 N.E.2d 287 (Ill.App. 1st Dist. 1999)
  • Flippin v. Aurora Bank, FSB., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111250, Aug. 8 (N.D.Ill. 2012)
  • Henry v. Teletrack, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30495, March 7 (N.D.Ill. 2012)
  • Kesten v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16917, (N.D.Ill. 2012)
  • Aleksic v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., 2014 WL 2769122 (N.D.Ill. 2014)
  • Taylor v. Screening Reports, Inc., 2015 WL 4052824 (N.D.Ill. 2015)
  • Bunton v. Cape Cod Vill., LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57801, (C.D.Ill. 2009)
  • Wilson v. Harris N.A., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65345, (N.D.Ill. 2007)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Speaker, Class Action Symposium, National Consumer Law Center, 2008
  • Illinois Consumer Law, Chicago Bar Association, 2008
  • Speaker, The Future of Mortgage Related Class Actions after Andrews., Practicing Law Institute, 14th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, 2009
  • Speaker, Recent Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Developments: Robosigning, Foreclosures and More., Practicing Law Institute, 17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, 2012
  • Speaker, Assisting Consumers with Credit Reporting Problems, Chicago Bar Association, 2012
  • Speaker, Recent Hot Topics Concerning the Application of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to Foreclosures and State Court Collection Practices., Practicing Law Institute, 16th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, 2011
  • Speaker, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Claims Based on State Court Debt Collection Cases., Practicing Law Institute, 15th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, 2010
  • Speaker, The Best Defense is a Good Offense, Claims You Can Assert Against Mortgage Servicers to Address Loan Modification Misconduct., Chicago Bar Association, Fall, Seminar on Loan Modifications, 2010

Honors & Awards:

  • Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2008 – 2009

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Member, Consumer Law, Consumer Finance, Class Litigation and Legislative Committees.
  • Chicago Bar Association, 2007 – 2010
    • Chair, Consumer Law Committee
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates

Contact Edelman Combs Latturner & Goodwin, LLC today by calling (312) 626-3585.

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Why Choose The ECLG Team?

  • 12 Knowledgeable Attorneys

    ECLG is one of the largest Consumer Rights firms in Illinois and has the bandwidth to meet your needs.

  • 200+ Years of Experience

    Our team has over two centuries of combined experience representing consumers like you.

  • $500 Million Recovered

    When your rights have been violated, you need attorneys who can
    achieve results.

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