Goings Law Firm, LLC featured in Fig Magazine

The Goings Law Firm, LLC has been featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Fig Magazine.

Fig is a local publication that explores “shopping, dining, arts, history and community in Columbia.” The current issue focuses on food and drink.
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Jess Gooding Publishes Column in Richland County Bar Association’s Newsletter

Jess Gooding is one of the newest members of the Richland County Bar Association’s  Newsletter Editorial Board, and she has been charged with the Newsletter’s pop culture column. Richland County Bar AssociationJess_Gooding

“Bar Bites” is a column featuring tidbits on what local attorneys are interested in; it includes reviews on restaurants, bars, television shows, podcasts, and more!  This fall, the new Netflix series, Stranger Things, received particularly high praise.  The newsletter and column alike will be published quarterly.  To read the column, see pages 18 and 19 of the RCBA Newsletter.


Drunk Driving Litigation – Increase in Lawsuits Against Bars that Over-Serve

Lawsuits brought against bars and restaurants who have over-served their customers are on the rise according to a report in The State Newspaper. South Carolina law makes it illegal for a bar to knowingly serve alcohol to an intoxicated person. Dram shop cases, as they are known, seem to be increasing in frequency in South Carolina, and unfortunately, there is no shortage of tragedies that lead to these type of actions. When a drunk driver is in an auto accident and injures or kills a passenger in their vehicle or someone else on the road, the bar or restaurant who served the driver to the point of intoxication can — and we believe, should — be held liable for over-serving. Sadly, there are many such cases currently pending in South Carolina, including one against Tin Roof in Columbia’s Vista. In that case, 19-year-old Caitlin Clark of Lexington was killed when James Gainey Jr. was over-served and recklessly got on his motorcycle to drive home, leaving her family devastated and rocking the entire community.

Another example of recent dram-shop litigation in South Carolina is the 2015 case against The Loose Cockaboose, where the jury awarded $3.85Million to the family of six-year-old Emma, who was killed by a drunk driver on a Sunday morning on the way to church. The drunk driver, Billy Patrick Hutto, was a repeat DUI offender, and Emma’s family sought redress from The Loose Cockaboose in a wrongful death action, indicating that the driver had been served past the point intoxication in the wee hours of the morning in the establishment. The family also appeared before the state legislature and advocated for legislation known as Emma’s Law, which Governor Nikki Haley signed into law on April 30, 2014. Emma’s Law stiffened penalties against DUI offenders, and especially repeat offenders, but it did not direclty address the over-serving issue.

State Senator Luke Rankin of Horry County called the over-serving problem “rampant,” and indicated that he expects to introduce a Bill in the upcoming Legislative Session that would, if passed into law, require bars and restaurants to provide mandatory safe alcohol service training for any employees who would be serving customers alcohol. The South Carolina Senate considered a similar bill last year, known as Alli’s law (named for Alli Cousins, who was over-served and died in a fatal car crash), but it died in committee. John Durst, president of the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, indicated that many drinking establishments recognize that there is a problem with regard to over-serving, and the Association will be backing the Bill to be introduced in January. The State reported that, according to the National Restaurant Association, seventeen states currently require similar training, which teaches servers and managers how to check IDs for age and recognize signs of intoxication, and also teaches them the best ways to handle situations where someone should no longer be served alcohol.

The personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand the devastation that can follow a drunk driving accident, especially if serious injury or wrongful death is involved. We are experienced at handling legal claims and lawsuits involving drunk drivers and bars that serve alcohol. We will work hard to hold the drunk driver and bar or restaurant responsible. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of a drunk driver or the negligence of a bar or restaurant, please contact us at (803) 350-9230 to find out if we can help.


Eight People Injured in Accident on Interstate 77 in Columbia, SC

Eight vehicles were involved in a car crash around 7:30am on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Columbia, SC, and eight passengers were taken to the hospital from the scene.  No report yet on the severity of their injuries.

According to WLTX, the accident occurred when a vehicle spun out of control just as it got to the bottom of the Shop Road ramp onto Interstate-77 and  hit three other cars.  When traffic came to a sudden stop, four additional vehicles collided.  All South-bound lanes on I-77 were closed for about an hour near Exit 6.

The personal injury lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand how difficult it can be for people to deal with the aftermath of car crashes. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to hold negligent parties accountable. Call us at (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your options.


Robert F. Goings Honored as “2016 Legal Elite of the Midlands”

Robert F. Goings—founder of Goings Law Firm, LLC—has been recognized among Columbia Business Monthly’s “2016 Legal Elite of the Midlands.” Robert was ranked as one of the top attorneys in the “Personal Injury” field in the magazine’s August 2016 issue.perosnal injury lawyer robert f. goings

The prestigious award annually recognizes the most well-respected Midland attorneys for their professional acumen and outstanding success in their field. The award is peer-nominated and winners are chosen by area attorneys themselves. We are ecstatic that Robert has been chosen by his fellow attorneys as a legal elite of Columbia and thank the publication for its recognition.


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

Robert F. Goings - 2016 Compleat Lawyer Award Recipient

Robert F. Goings – 2016 Compleat Lawyer Award Recipient

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.  To learn more about the Compleat Lawyer Award, click here.

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).


Richland County Council Member Charged with Felony DUI after Causing Rear End Auto Accident

Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington (Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

Kelvin Washington, an elected member of the Richland County Council, was arrested on Saturday, February 27 for driving under the influence. The charges were made in connection with a Hopkins, South Carolina auto accident. The accident occurred when Councilman Washington rear-ended another car at the corner of Bluff Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Hopkins, S.C. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported that the accident happened around 7:45 P.M.

WIS News reports that Councilman Washington’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. After Councilman Washington hit the car, witnesses report the victim’s vehicle slammed into a utility pole. The driver of the vehicle was a 22-year-old male, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He is currently still in ICU. There was also a passenger in the car. Troopers report the passenger is still in the hospital with minor injuries.

This is also not Councilman Washington’s 1st encounter with the law. He recently just pled guilty in a Richland County Court to three counts of tax fraud. To read more about this story, click here.

Contact a Columbia Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

When public officials are elected, we trust them to uphold and follow the laws as regular citizens. When a public official violates that trust by driving drunk, we believe they should be held accountable to the fullest extent that the law allows. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of a drunk driver in South Carolina, then the Goings Law Firm, LLC is here for you. Call our Columbia office at (803) 350-9230.

Contact a Dram Shop and Alcohol Liability Lawyer in Columbia

While it is not clear in the facts of this case, sometimes in a drunk driving accident, the driver has been drinking at a public restaurant or bar. Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other establishments have a legal responsibility not to serve alcohol to patrons who may be intoxicated. In order to hold these businesses responsible, South Carolina has dram shop or social host liability statutes in place to allow the victims of drunk drivers to hold drinking establishments responsible for their negligence. Nevertheless, far too many bars and restaurants continue to over-serve patrons.

Contact the Columbia Legal Team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC Today!

Though nothing can undo the pain that you have already faced in a drunk driving accident, with the help of the Columbia legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, you may be able to secure compensation that will help you move forward. Our drunk driving accidents lawyers are ready to hear about your specific situation today. Contact our Columbia offices at (803) 350-9230.


Over $1.1 Million Secured for Our Client

After a single hour of deliberation, a jury in Orangeburg County ordered our client to be awarded over $1.1 million in actual damages. Mr. Bobby McClellan was injured while assisting with the improvement of a dock at a private lake when a piece of heavy equipment collapsed and hit him. McClellan sustained serious injury to his spine and ribs, which caused permanent disabilities.

The damages must be paid by the owner of the property on which the accident occurred. While the court did find that Mr. McClellan shared a minor amount of responsibility for the accident—10 percent to be exact—he will still be recovering around $1 million for his pain and suffering.

Our very own Robert Goings, one of the attorneys who represented McClellan, told The State that “Bobby [McClellan] was very appreciative of the jury’s award.”