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Robert F. Goings – 2020 President of the South Carolina Chapter of ABOTA

Robert F. Goings – 2020 President of the South Carolina Chapter of ABOTA

Robert F. Goings

Our firm would like to recognize our founding attorney, Robert F. Goings, for serving as the 2020 President of the South Carolina Chapter of ABOTA. When Robert was first accepted into ABOTA, he was the youngest attorney in South Carolina to be a member of this distinguished legal organization. Last week, he concluded his term as President, serving as the youngest President of the Chapter. Robert currently serves as on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Chapter and as a National Board Representative from South Carolina. His involvement in ABOTA is a testament to his dedication to justice and reputation throughout this state as a trial attorney.  ABOTA is a national association of experienced and distinguished trial lawyers and judges. ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership consists of more than 7,600 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense—and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  ABOTA is an invitation-only organization. Members must have significant civil jury trial experience. Members must also exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism by following the Code of Professionalism and Principles of Civility.

Are you looking to hire the best Personal Injury Lawyer? 5 Tips to Hire the Right Attorney

Top Voted Personal Injury Attorney Robert F. Goings – Top Voted Personal Injury Attorney

When other attorneys believe you are at the Top, it means something!  Robert F. Goings was named in the Midlands of South Carolina as the Top Voted attorney in the field of Personal Injury in the 2019 Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands.  He was voted to this distinction by other attorneys in the Columbia and Midlands area of South Carolina.  It is a great honor to be considered by other attorneys as the Top Voted Personal Injury attorney, and we believe this distinction reflects our firms strong reputation for honesty, hard-work, and dedication to our clients.  Robert Goings’ reputation in the legal community as a champion for those who have suffered significant injury or a wrongful death is also reflected in being named to Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in South Carolina by the U.S. News and World Reports.  Being a highly rated and well respected law firm in the field of personal injury, wrongful death, and workers compensation takes many years of excellent results for clients.  From serious motor vehicle collision caused by drunk drivers to medical malpractice and nursing home neglect, Robert Goings and his team of attorneys are highly rated by other attorneys in the legal profession.  To learn more about the 2019 Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands article can be viewed by clicking here.

5 Tips in Hiring the Best Lawyer for Your Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, or Workers’ Compensation Case

We believe that hiring an attorney for your personal injury case is a very important decision.  Hiring the right attorney is critical.  If you are looking to hire a personal injury attorney, here are some tips for you to consider so that you choose the best attorney for your case:

1.  Be Cautious Choosing your Attorney based on a Billboard or a TV Commercial.

  • Be careful if you are choosing an attorney solely based on an advertisement.  Many times, law firms or attorneys will plaster their names all over billboards around town or run tasteless or cheesy television commercials.  Hiring an attorney should not be based on a silly commercial, gimmicky telephone numbers, or promises for a quick check.  Don’t be fooled!  Ask yourself, do you want an attorney that is spending time their marketing to new clients on TV with cartoon-like characters and big numbers to call, or do you want a serious lawyer that is working hard for clients in and outside of the courtroom?  It is hard to be a fighter in the courtroom if your attorney is too busy filming TV commercials or picking out the next billboard to print.  We have found that often times the best attorneys don’t need to advertise.  And if they do advertise, the advertisement should reflect high achievements and strong ethical commitments to the representation of injured people.  We recommend that you hire an attorney who will treat your case as a serious matter and provide you with the best legal representation possible. The Goings Law Firm strives to set itself apart from silly commercial, gimmicky telephone numbers, or promises for a quick check.  Instead, we provide sincere, honest and aggressive representation to people and families faced with serious injury and death.

2.  Read Online Reviews Before you Hire an Attorney.

  • Online reviews from former clients can be very helpful in choosing the best lawyer for your case.  When a former client takes the time to leave a review, it helps people searching for an attorney know what law firm would be best suited for their case based on personality, success, and traits that are important to you.  You can find reviews on website such as Google, Lawyers.com, and Avvo.com, and we would recommend choosing an attorney with strong recommendations and reviews of former clients.  At the same time, we all know that not everybody can be made happy despite how hard you work or how great the result may be for their case.  If you are interested in reading the 5 star and 10/10 reviews about the Goings Law Firm and Robert Goings, check out these links:  Google Reviews, Lawyers.com Reviews, SuperLawyers Reviews, Avvo.com Reviews. The Goings Law Firm is also featured on Expertise.com as a highly rated and reviewed personal injury firm in Columbia, South Carolina, as shown here.

3.  Consider if you want a “High Volume” Law Firm or an Attorney that You Will Give you One-on-One Attention.

  • When you are searching for an attorney, it is  important to consider if you want a law firm that accepts a “high volume” of cases or claims or if you want a smaller firm that only accepts a select number of clients.  Also, do you want your case or file to be a number or would you rather be represented by an attorney who knows you personally and doesn’t treat you as just another number?    Because legal matters can often times be complex and time consuming, we have found that we provide the best representation to our clients when our caseload is smaller and more manageable.  When a law firm is does not accept a large number of cases, it it naturally easier to develop a relationship with your attorney and for that lawyer to provide one-on-one attention to each client.  At the Goings Law Firm, we strive to provide one-on-one attention to each client.  You will not be a just a number at our firm.  If you want a “high volume” firm, we would not be right fit for you.  We don’t operate with a “settlement mill” or “ambulance chaser” mindset, but with the focus on treating you in the same manner we would expect to be treated.

4.  Is The Attorney a Real Trial Attorney with Results in Court?

  • Another consideration in choosing a personal injury or wrongful death attorney is whether the attorney has a strong track record in going to court.  It is important to know if your personal injury attorney has the trial experience to represent you in court.  Often times attorneys have no desire or interest in trying cases even though they label themselves as “trial attorneys.”  The Goings Law Firm is truly a team of trial attorney who are not scared to go to court!  We refuse to take the “low-ball quick check” approach to representing victims.  We go to court when necessary.  We have found that if the insurance company knows your attorney is willing to take your case to trial before a judge or a jury, then the defendant or insurance company is more likely willing to resolve the case more fairly and with higher compensation.  On the other hand, if the defendant or insurance company knows that the attorney has a reputation of never taking the case to trial, then the the defendant or insurance company has no real incentive to fairly compensate you.  The Goings Law Firm has made its reputation in the courtroom with verdict after verdict in favor of our clients.

5.  Hire an Attorney that Other Attorneys Would Hire.

  • Lawyers in the community typically know which lawyers are the best to hire.  Asking a lawyer who they would recommend is often a good way to find a lawyer for your case.  The Goings Law Firm represents many clients on the recommendation of other attorneys.  In fact, attorneys often times refer clients to the Goings Law Firm in situations where a lawsuit is required to be brought in order to get fair compensation.  The Goings Law Firm is a firm that other attorneys hire to assist in representing their clients in complex litigation matter involving personal injury, wrongful death, and on the job workers compensation injuries.   In fact, Robert F. Goings was named in the Midlands of South Carolina as the Top Voted attorney in the field of Personal Injury in the 2019 Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands.  His honor was based on receiving the top number of votes by other attorneys in the Columbia and Midlands area of South Carolina.  We believe that you should hire an attorney that other attorney would hire!

Robert Goings named 2017 “Top Attorney for Personal Injury Litigation” for the Legal Elite of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly

The entire team at Goings Law Firm is proud to announce that managing partner and founder Robert Goings was named the “Top Attorney for Personal Injury Litigation” for the 2017 edition of the Legal Elite of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly.

The article includes an interview with attorney Goings and discusses his passion for music, the arts, his family, and how these formative influences shaped his development into one of the state’s leading trial attorneys. The piece also discusses his desire to “tell a story, connect with the jury, and to be authentic, truthful, and compassionate in the courtroom as he represents his client to the best of his ability”.  To read the article in its entirety in the digital version of Columbia Business Monthly, click here.


Robert F. Goings Named 2016 Compleat Lawyer by S.C. School of Law

The Goings Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Robert F. Goings has been selected to receive the 2016 Compleat Lawyer Award from his alma mater, 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.

Established in 1992, the Compleat Lawyer Award is the School of Law’s highest recognition of professional achievement and civic leadership by the school’s alumni. The Compleat Lawyer Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards that any graduate of the School of Law can receive. “This year’s recipients embody the virtues that are integral to this law school: integrity, civility, service and leadership,” said Dean Robert Wilcox. “They have all served their profession and their communities through dedicated advocacy and commitment to the rule of law. We are proud to call each one a Compleat Lawyer.”

The recipients of the Compleat Lawyer Award are 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 and the Co-Chair of the Law School Alumni Council.

Other 2016 recipients of this outstanding achievement are Stanford E. Lacy, John O. McDougall, Neil C. Robinson, Jr, Elizabeth Middleon Burke, Rosalyn Woodson Frierson, James K. Lehman, C. Edward Rawl, Jr., and Senator Paul R. Thurman.

Robert F. Goings is a trial attorney with offices in Columbia, South Carolina.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2006, with a legal career focusing on civil litigation and trial practice.  He has been featured and recognized in “Super Lawyers”, “Best Lawyers”, AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).


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