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Robert F. Goings

Robert F. Goings
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Robert F. Goings grew up on his family’s farm in Union County, South Carolina. The Goings Law Firm, LLC is centered on the values engrained in him: fairness, honesty, hard work, dedication, justice, and service to others.

Robert is a 2003 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, receiving the highest distinction in his major. He graduated with highest honors as a summa cum laude graduate. He was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa and Blue Key honor societies as a result of his academics and service to the community and students. Robert was a Justice of Wofford’s Judicial Commission. He was elected as Student Body President in 2002. Upon graduation, he received the Outstanding Citizen Award, given to the student demonstrating the greatest concern and service to Wofford. Robert continues his dedication to Wofford College and has assisted in the establishment of the Edward K. Hardin, III Pre-Law Society on Wofford’s campus.

Following Wofford College, Robert earned his Juris Doctorate in 2006 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Robert was involved in Moot Court and an editor of the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal. Throughout law school, he worked full time as a law clerk at Collins and Lacy, P.C., gaining invaluable litigation experience. Upon graduation, Robert was chosen by his colleagues to receive the Claude Sapp Award, presented to the member of the graduating class possessing the best combination of scholarship, leadership, and industry for the legal profession.

Robert began his legal career as a trial attorney at an established South Carolina litigation firm, Collins and Lacy, P.C. While at Collins and Lacy, he gained considerable experience in the courtroom, trying numerous bench and jury trials to verdict. At Collins and Lacy, he tried cases advocating for the rights of insurance companies, large corporations, small businesses, and individuals in a variety of complex civil liability and criminal matters.

In 2011, Robert was selected among a distinguished group by the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Magazine as an “Emerging Legal Leader” in the State of South Carolina. Following this award, the acclaimed South Carolina trial attorney, Joel W. Collins, Jr. was quoted as saying, “I can truthfully say I have never encountered a lawyer with a greater aptitude and capacity for the practice of law. Robert Goings has every skill and trait needed to be an outstanding courtroom lawyer. In fact, he already is.”

In 2012, Robert was elected by his colleagues to serve as a member of the S.C. Bar’s House of Delegates for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. The House of Delegates acts as the legislative arm of the South Carolina Bar Association and convenes to establish policy and directives of the Bar. As of 2016, he was reelected as a member of the S.C. Bar’s House of Delegates.

In 2016, Robert was selected to receive the “Compleat Lawyer” Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law. The Compleat Lawyer Award is the law school’s highest honor and most prestigious award given to a lawyer who has displayed exemplary achievements in their careers and communities. The Compleat Lawyer Award is chosen by a committee comprising the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the President of the South Carolina Bar, the Dean of the South Carolina School of Law.

In his spare time, you may find Robert cooking authentic Carolina barbeque, affectionately known by many as “Bobby-Q”, or singing in church for weddings and special events.

Robert’s Family

Robert, a native of Union, South Carolina, is married to Rebecca Goings, an attorney and former law clerk to the Honorable H. Bruce Williams at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Robert sat next to Rebecca the first day of law school at the University of South Carolina, and the rest was history. Robert and Rebecca have two daughters, Madeleine Grace (8) and Grayson Middleton (5). When Robert is not in the courtroom, he enjoys cooking delicious BBQ and brisket (affectionately known by many in the Midlands as Bobby-Q), cheering on the Gamecocks and the Terriers, and spending time with his girls.

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates – 2020 President of South Carolina Chapter
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – National Board Representative and Committee Chair
  • International Society of Barristers – South Carolina Member
  • South Carolina Business Monthly – Voted Top Attorney (Personal Injury)
  • Super Lawyers – Top 25 Attorneys In South Carolina
  • Legal Elite of South Carolina – Midlands
  • AV- Preeminent (Highest) Rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly – Leader in the Law
  • U.S. News and World Reports “Best Lawyers” – 1st Tier (top) in Litigation/Personal Injury
  • University of South Carolina – The Compleat Lawyer Award (Silver)


  • Wofford College, Bachelor of Arts, 2002 (Summa Cum Laude)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2006
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Trial College, Harvard School of Law, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • District Court of South Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Bar Associations & Committees

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association (House of Delegates Representative)
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Practice and Procedure Committee
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Committee
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Community Involvement

  • Columbia Rotary Club
  • Wofford College Alumni Association
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist Church


  • South Carolina Damages (contributing author) 2009
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Experienced caring and diligent professionals that fight to defend your rights to a fair compensation. Looking forward to years of service.
Profesionales de experiencia, amables y diligentes que defienden con tenacidad su derecho a recibir una compensación justa. Hablan Español.

I had the opportunity to work with a group of exceptional legal professionals who assisted me with a settlement case. Their level of professionalism and expertise was apparent from the very beginning, and I felt confident that I was in capable hands.
Their deep knowledge of the law was impressive, and they conducted a thorough analysis of my case, leaving no stone unturned. They were meticulous in their attention to detail, and they kept me updated on the progress of the case every step of the way.
I was particularly impressed with their diplomatic approach to negotiations. They were able to handle even the most delicate situations with sensitivity and tact, which helped to maintain a positive relationship with the other party involved in the settlement.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the services provided by this group of legal professionals. They demonstrated exceptional communication skills and were able to effectively represent my needs and concerns throughout the settlement process. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of legal assistance. Thank you for your outstanding service!

It was a pleasure working with the Going‘s law firm. They made me feel at ease through the whole process. Which helped me with recovery? Yes, I will recommend him in his law firm.

I would highly recommend Chris Paschal, and Goings Law Firm. Chris showed compassion, and you can really see that he cares about his clients. He stayed in constant communication with me and guided me throughout the entire process. Thank you so much for all of your help!!

I would highly recommend Chris Paschal, and Goings Law Firm. Chris showed compassion, and you can really see that he cares about his clients. He stayed in constant communication with me and guided me throughout the entire process. Thank you so much for all of your help!!

Robert helped my family and I tremendously after an extremely traumatic time in our lives. He did so professionally and compassionately. I would recommend he and the Goings Law Firm to anyone in need of serious legal representation.

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