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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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Junior League of Columbia
  • Kappa Nu Kappa Alumna Group
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
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American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 - 2014
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Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Columbia
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American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 - 2014
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I was really going through a tough situation being injured on the job my job hassling me workers Comp not paying me and the bills were stacking up.Then a friend referred me to Goings law firm there I met Mallory and Christian they were pleasant and up front and I gotta tell they work fast to get you the settlement you deserve.So you got legal issues if I were I would call Goings law firm hopefully I won’t but if I do that’s who I’m calling.

Goings Law Firm is a great family friendly oriented organization. They are upfront and honest with you. They keep you up to date on all information about your case and is always available for questions that you may have. Last but not least, they work hard to get you every penny you deserve. I recommend Goings Law Firm, LLC if ever in an accident and you need help and compensation.

I originally tried to handle my case on my own but it became overwhelming. After doing research on Google, I found Goings Law Firm LLC. I was amazed of the 5 star review so wanted to check out for myself. After initial meeting with Attorney Jessica, I knew the Goings Law Firm was for me.
I like to work with business that treat me as a person versus a number.

Katie is amazing, I had a procedure done, which raised many concerns. She listened to my concerns, offer to be there as much to her capacity. Which really helped eased some of my concerns. I honestly did not expected to receive any type of compensation. I only hoped for my medical bills to be paid. Attorney Robert is amazing as well, he and his team exceed my expectiation. I am truly thankful for the Goings Law Firm team. If seeking a attorney office, knowledgable, will do their best to make sure you received the proper medical care and compensation, treat individuals as a person verus a number, my suggestion is go with Goings Law Firm. I can honestly say the reviews are accurate, glad to have meet them and represent my case. You all are Awesome and Amazing!!! Thank you so much!

The staff at this establishment was very attentive and kind. Robert is a very nice, responsive gentleman. I sincerely encourage you to seek this company out for any advice or representation. You will not be disappointed. Again thank you for your time and consideration.

Robert Goings did an excellent job working with my mother and I. Very professional, friendly, hard working and always on top of everything. We are extremely impressed all around and would highly recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone. We appreciate all of the hard work and assistance that this team has done for us!

Robert Goings, and his staff are amazing. From day one they were in our corner. They were with us all the way . They kept us informed of all new developments and fought to make sure that we were not taking advantage of by the insurance companies. I would definitely recommend Goings law firm to any of my family and friends. They are second to none. I’ve never felt more confident in a decision as I do with hiring Robert and his firm. I’d like to say thank you one more time for all your hard work and treating us like family.

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