Robert N. Goshgarian
Robert N. Goshgarian has nearly 40 years of experience in civil litigation. He has obtained successful settlements and verdicts in automobile and motorcycle crashes, railroad crossing incidents, airline crashes, boating and water craft crashes, bus crashes, wrongful death claims, medical malpractice claims, nursing home negligence claims, sexual assaults, product liability, structural work act cases, animal attacks, and a wide assortment of other mechanisms of injury.
Mr. Goshgarian has been awarded an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for professional excellence. In his practice, he has argued cases in the Illinois Circuit Courts, Federal District Court, the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, the Appellate Court of the State of Illinois and the Illinois Supreme Court.
He is admitted to the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He is on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Illinois State Bar Association, the Armenian Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association.
Mr. Goshgarian is a life-long Lake County, Illinois resident. He has spent his entire professional career practicing personal injury law in northern Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from Carroll University, and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Matthew P. Biesterfield
Matthew P. Biesterfeld has practiced law for nearly a decade with the Law Offices of Robert Goshgarian. Matt has successfully prosecuted personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle collisions, wrongful death claims, pedestrian injuries and deaths, nursing home negligence, health care negligence, animal attacks, motorcycle crashes, semi-tractor/trailer collisions, bus crashes, sexual assault, negligent security, and assault and battery. Matt has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.
Prior to joining our firm, Matthew gained valuable experience working as a law clerk and associate attorney at Kralovec, Jambois, & Schwartz in Chicago, Illinois. During that time, he investigated and participated in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including medical negligence, motor vehicle negligence, and product liability.
Matthew earned his law degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 2011. While in law school, he excelled academically and served as a teaching assistant for Legal Analysis, Research and Communication. In addition, he earned a Dean’s Certificate of Service as a result of his participation in various community programs including Lawyers in the Classroom.
Matthew is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Lake County Bar Association.
Matthew grew up in Crete, Illinois, attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. He enjoys living in Lake County with his wife and children.
Christina Zechiel is an integral part of the investigation and prosecution of our firm’s personal injury claims and causes of action. She has assisted in preparing appellate briefs for the Second District Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Chris has served as a litigation paralegal to thousands of clients who have suffered personal injuries or wrongful death. She has substantial experience with investigative initiatives, legal research, writing complaints at law, motions, petitions, discovery, as well as all aspects of trial preparation. Chris is dedicated to researching all pertinent legal aspects of each client’s case, and to ensuring the accurate and thorough compilation of the information necessary for the successful prosecution of each claim.
Chris performed extensive legal research and editing for the book Recovery of Damages for Crimes and Intentional Wrongs (McGowen, Darrell, Lawpress Corporation 1993).
Chris has earned two Bachelor’s Degrees: a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors and Distinction in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and, in 2020, she graduated with a 4.0 GPA, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. Her education in these areas provides valuable insight to those clients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries and other head trauma.
Chris spent her early years in the Washington, D.C. area. She subsequently relocated to Northbrook, Illinois where she graduated from Glenbrook North High School as an Illinois State Scholar. Chris now enjoys living in Lake County, Illinois with her family.
Sir Wilfrid joined our firm in 2018. As our mascot, he is an essential member of the team. Sir Wilfrid (affectionately known as “Willie”) was named after the Charles Laughton character in Witness for the Prosecution. Willie lends expertise in the areas of providing warm greetings, emotional support, relaxation techniques, and solid listening skills. Although Willie is a wonderful member of the team, he does have drawbacks; he tends to drool and somehow always seems find himself underfoot, but it is usually pretty easy to know where he is by the ever present snoring he produces.
Willie is the offspring of “Tuff Stuff” and “Little Miss Can’t be Wrong”. AKC European pedigree, “Tuff Stuff” hails from the European Championship lines of International Champion Golucan Cole-Belthazor, and “Little Miss Can’t be Wrong” was sired by Grand Champion CH Imperious Hamitup Holy Diver.