Jessica L. Gooding

Top rated personal injury attorney in Columbia, South Carolina

Goings Law Firm, LLC
Jessica L. Gooding
Goings Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Civil litigation; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 2013

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2023

Goings Law Firm, LLC

1510 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201 Visit website


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 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 as the result of an accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.  Ms. Gooding has represented clients in state and federal courts in South Carolina, as well as before numerous state agencies. Over the course of her career, Ms. Gooding has earned a reputation as a tenacious trial advocate who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for her clients.

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, earning memberships in the 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.

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 active in the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, and she serves as the chair of South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Membership Committee. 

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Civil litigation: plaintiff

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 70% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 30% Civil litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2013, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association, Membership Committee Chair
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Write and Edit for the Richland County Bar Association Newsletter, 2016
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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
  • Kappa Nu Kappa Alumna Group
  • Junior League of Columbia
  • 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
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
  • Obtained a verdict of $142,000 in a premises liability case that resulted in my client having surgery on his torn quadricep.  The defense denied all liability.   Favorable outcomes in past cases do not guarantee similar results in future cases., 2018
  • 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
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Selected as National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40, 2019
  • Selected for Columbia Metropolitan Magazine's Legal Elite in Personal Injury Law, 2019
White Papers:
  • Recognized for being an elite personal injury trial lawyer., Midlands Legal Elite, Personal Injury, 2020
Representative Clients:
  • Obtained a $12,500,000 verdict against a drunk driver in a motor vehicle collision case.  My client suffered injuries to his neck, back, and shoulder that required surgery, and the insurance company denied that his injuries were related to the collision.   Outcomes in former cases do not guarantee similar results in future cases., 2021

Office location for Jessica L. Gooding

1510 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-350-9230


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2023

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