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Jessica O’Neill Gooding

Jessica O’Neill Gooding

Jessica O’Neill Gooding grew up in Conway, South Carolina, a small town where high school football games were important community events and people could be counted on to help their neighbors. After high school, Jess attended University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. Jess graduated in 2010 with highest honors as a summa cum laude graduate and with an honors degree from the South Carolina honors college.

Jess then attended University of South Carolina School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate with high honors, magna cum laude, in 2013. While in law school, Jess served as a Peer Mentor, a Law School Ambassador, and the Symposium Editor for the South Carolina Law Review. Jess was inducted into both of the School of Law’s prestigious honor societies, the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig and Robe.

Immediately following graduation, Jess joined a Columbia firm and began practicing with the Employment and Personal Injury Litigation teams. Jess had the opportunity to represent clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies at the state and federal level. She served as a first chair trial attorney in personal injury cases even in those early years of practice. In 2016, Jess joined Goings Law Firm, where she has continued to build on her courtroom and trial experience, both through formal training and by representing clients in various types of trials. She has been recognized as an up-and-coming trial attorney by Columbia Business Monthly and Super Lawyers Magazines, among other accolades.

Jess is active in the community and the profession, and she has served on several committees in South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyer Division. She stays connected to the law school by working closely with student organizations and serving as an attorney mentor to first year law students each year. Jess is also the Chair of the Membership Committee for the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association and has served on the Editorial Board for the Richland County Bar Newsletter.

Jess’s husband, Ben, is also an attorney. They have two children and two Labrador Retrievers, who keep them busy! When away from the office, Jess and Ben enjoy attending college football games, cooking, and entertaining friends. Whenever they can, the Goodings enjoy traveling to a family farm in Georgia — who doesn’t love a good tractor ride, after all?

Gooding Family

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
  • University of South Carolina, South Carolina Honors College, B.S., summa cum laude, 2010

Honors

  • Midlands Legal Elite Honoree, Columbia Business Monthly
  • Rising Stars Honoree, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • University of South Carolina Order of the Wig and Robe
  • University of South Carolina Order of the Coif
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • District Court of South Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Community

  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Junior League of Columbia
  • Kappa Nu Kappa Alumna Group
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
TBest Law Firms - Personal Injury Litigation 2022
International Society of Barristers
10.0Robert F. Goings
Legal Elite Logo
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South Carolina Leadership in law Honoree Logo
Rated a 10.0 Super Lawyer by Avvo.com
American Board of Trial Advocates
American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 - 2014
Best Law Logo
National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Legal Elite of the Midlands logo
 AV Preeminent
Best Law Badge
Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Columbia
South Carolina Association for Justice
Lead Counsel Seal
American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 - 2014
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Goings Law Firm, LLC, LawyersPersonal Injury & Property Damage, Columbia, SC
Robert Goings CR Platinum 300
Robert Goings PR AV
Trust Analytica-badge
The State's Best - 2023 Winner - Goings Law Firm
South Carolina Lawyers - The 2024 Powerlist - Personal Injury
TESTIMONIALS

Experienced caring and diligent professionals that fight to defend your rights to a fair compensation. Looking forward to years of service.
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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!!

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