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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.

Robert F. Goings Family

Accolades

  • 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)

Education

  • 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

Publications

  • South Carolina Damages (contributing author) 2009
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TESTIMONIALS

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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