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Whitney Goldin defends the interests of her clients in consumer financial services matters. From depositions to motion practice and trials, Whitney aggressively and diligently advocates on behalf of her clients. In addition to representing debt buyers and debt collectors, Whitney handles litigation for large, national banks and credit card companies across the country. She also defends the industry's leading lending, investing, and loan servicing institutions.

Armed with substantial trial experience, Whitney represents debt buyers and debt collectors in individual claims and class actions. She defends a myriad of claims brought against her clients, including those involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), as well as state consumer protection laws. Whitney has also defended several class actions involving alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA).Whitney's background also includes extensive medical malpractice experience. She has represented physicians, nurses, and hospitals in complex litigation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society

Honors & Awards

  • Professional
    • Recognized as an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2017 – 2019
    • Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2017 – 2019
  • Academic
    •  Appellate Lawyers Association National Moot Court Competition
      • Best Oral Advocate
      • Best Written Brief
    • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
      • CALI Award for Excellence in "Negotiations"
      • Dean's List
      • Moot Court Honors Society

Representative Matters

Consumer Financial Services

  • Secured a motion for judgment on the pleadings victory on behalf of client Afni, Inc. in a FDCPA lawsuit. Plaintiff had alleged that a dunning letter he received from Afni, which identified three entities (a servicer, the "original creditor," and the "creditor"), did not meet the FDCPA's requirement of clearly identifying the name of the current creditor to whom the debt was owed. The court look at the plain language of the letter and concluded that the "only reasonable interpretation of the collection letter" is that the only other listed creditor is the current creditor.
  • Obtained dismissal on early motion of claim that a furnisher reported a debtor's "charge off" status to credit-reporting agencies in violation of the FCRA. The court held that plaintiff failed to allege a proper basis on which to impose FCRA liability.
  • Obtained dismissal on early motion of claim that a collection letter violated the FDCPA and the Wisconsin Consumer Act.

Medical Malpractice

  • Secured a not guilty verdict for a gastroenterologist and his group in a three-and-a-half week wrongful death trial of a 64 year old woman. Plaintiff alleged defendants misdiagnosed the patient with gall bladder disease and a failure to timely diagnose and treat a paraesophageal hernia by failing to order a CT scan after the patient presented to the emergency room with persistent abdominal pain and subsequent testing had ruled out the gall bladder as the etiology of her pain. Plaintiff contended a CT scan would have timely made the diagnosis and avoided subsequent strangulation, rupture, cardiac arrest and death. Plaintiff asked for $4 million, and the jury returned a not guilty verdict after 2.5 hours.
  • Secured a not guilty verdict for a geriatrician in a wrongful death action. Plaintiff alleged the geriatrician failed to ensure appropriate labs were obtained over a two month admission and further failed to maintain the patient's INR level between the allegedly-nationally accepted range of 2-3 which led to the development of a blood clot, double amputation and subsequent death of a 70 year old man. Plaintiff asked for $5 million. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in less than 2 hours.

Presentations

  • "Medical Law Updates," Broadspire National, webinar, May 17, 2017

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology, 2012

B.A., The University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2009