Jessica L. Gooding

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Columbia, SC

Goings Law Firm, LLC
 | 1510 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-350-9230
Fax: 877-789-6340
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2013
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (50%)
Attorney Profile

Jessica L. Gooding is an attorney with Goings Law Firm, LLC, in Columbia, South Carolina. A native of the state, Ms. Gooding focuses her practice on workers' compensation and personal injury law, and she has achieved notable success helping her clients recover the full amount of compensation they deserve for the catastrophic injuries and losses they suffered either through a work-related accident or as the result of an accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Ms. Gooding also has extensive experience handling employment law claims involving discrimination, harassment and employer retaliation, and over the course of her more than 15 years practicing law, Ms. Gooding has earned a reputation as a tenacious trial advocate who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for her plaintiff clients.

Along with practicing before all state and federal courts in South Carolina, she has extensive experience handling cases before the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Gooding graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2010. She then returned to her alma mater and attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2013, graduating Order of the Coif, and Order of the Wig and Robe. During her time in law school, she served as symposium editor for the South Carolina Law Review, and she also served as law school ambassador and a peer mentor.

Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Gooding has published several articles and texts and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of topics related to personal injury, legal ethics, workplace discrimination, trucking industry issues and more.

She is a member of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer Division, and she serves on the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Membership Committee. She also serves on the Richland County Bar Association's Newsletter Editorial Board, and she is a member of the Cinderella Project Committee, where she helps at-need children across her area obtain prom dresses and other accessories.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Workers' Compensation (50%)

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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About Jessica Gooding

Admitted: 2013, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Scholar
  • Boone Foundation Scholar
  • Order of the Coif, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Order of the Wig and Robe, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Peer Mentor, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Law School Ambassador, University of South Carolina School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association, Membership Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • South Carolina Bar, Cinderella Project Committee
  • South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association
  • Write and Edit for the Richland County Bar Association Newsletter, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
  • Kappa Nu Kappa Alumna Group
  • Junior League of Columbia

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Affordable Care Act: What Payroll Professionals Need to Know”, South Carolina Chapter of the American Payroll Association, June 2014
  • “It’s More Than What You Say, It’s Also How You Say It: The Surface Transportation Act and Its Employee Whistleblower Provisions”, South Carolina Trucking Association Trucking Law Conference, May 2014
  • Show Me the Money: McClurg v. Deaton and the Introduction of a Defense as to Damages Only for Default Judgments in South Carolina, 63 S.C.L.Rev. 799, 2012
  • “Legal Ethics Online,” National Business Institute’s “Everything You Don’t Know about E-Discovery (But Wish You Did)”, January 2015
  • “Updates on Workplace Discrimination Issues”, Turner Padget and Webster Rogers Seminar: Navigating Through the Impacts of HR Issues and Affordable Care Regulations, October, 2015
  • “Personal Liability for Supervisors/Managers and other Workplace Concerns,” October 2015, Central Carolina Technical College
  • The Culture War Comes to the Workplace, Columbia Business Monthly, Contributing Author, 2016


  • Obtained a $50,000 verdict in Wright v. Martin in August 2018.  This was an auto-accident case with approximately $13,000 in medical bills., 2018

Educational Background:

  • South Carolina Law Reivew, Symposium Editor, 2011
  • University of South Carolina, South Carolina Honors College, B.S., Major: Finance and Marketing, Honors: with Highest Honors, Honors: summa cum laude, 2010
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Office Location for Jessica L. Gooding

1510 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-350-9230

Fax: 877-789-6340

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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