Robert F. Goings

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Columbia, South Carolina

Goings Law Firm, LLC
Robert F. Goings
Goings Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation; view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 2006

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016
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Goings Law Firm, LLC

1510 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201 Visit website


Robert F. Goings is the founder of the litigation firm, Goings Law Firm, LLC, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Goings is a trial lawyer, and have successfully tried many cases to verdict in both federal and state courts.  Mr. Goings has successfully obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.  Mr. Goings is the youngest member of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a distinguished organization of top trial attorneys throughout the nation.

Devoting his practice exclusively to civil litigation, he represents clients throughout South Carolina in matters involving products liability, workers' compensation, trucking litigation, medical malpractice, construction defects, employment law, business disputes and personal injury. A native of South Carolina, Mr. Goings has received widespread respect from his peers during his legal practice, signified by his award of an AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and his designation in 2011 as an "Emerging Legal Leader" by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.  He has received other awards such as Top 100 Trial Attorney and Top 40 under 40 by distinquish national trial organizations.  

A 2003 summa cum laude graduate of Wofford College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was elected student body president, Mr. Goings attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2006 and served as an editor for the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal. After graduation, Mr. Goings practiced as an associate at a Columbia litigation firm before founding Goings Law Firm, LLC. Admitted to practice in South Carolina, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th and Federal Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Helping to establish policy for the South Carolina Bar as a member of its House of Delegates, Mr. Goings seeks to keep current on events in his practice areas through his active participation in the American and Richland County bar associations. He stays involved in his community as a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia.  He is a member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dram Shop Laws, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 70% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 2006, South Carolina

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Educational Background:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Trial College, Harvard School of Law, 2012
  • Wofford College, B.A. in Government, Summa Cum Laude, 2002
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Columbia Rotary Club
  • Trenholm Road United Methodist Church
  • Wofford College Alumni Association
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar, Practice and Procedure Committee
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2014
  • Elected Member, S.C. Bar House of Delegates, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyer's Division Committee
  • Blue Key Honor Societies
  • "Emerging Legal Leader" in the State of South Carolina, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Magazine, 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Student Body President, 2002
  • AV- Preeminent Highly Rated Attorney, Martindale Hubbell
  • Outstanding Citizen Award
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • With over 740 pages of text, South Carolina DamagesSecond Edition is the only book of its kind in South Carolina and is co-authored by more than sixty of South Carolina’s most outstanding judges, attorneys, and law professors, including Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, Judge Karen L. Henderson, Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr., Judge P. Michael Duffy, Chief Judge Kaye G. Hearn, practicing attorneys Wallace Lightsey, Jan Warner, John E. Parker, Fayrell Furr, Richard Rosen, professors John P. Freeman, Ralph McCullough, and Randy Bridwell, and many more of South Carolina’s finest legal minds. Fully updated since publication of the first edition in 2004 and written with the practicing attorney in mind, this cutting-edge book will provide practical and scholarly insights and coverage of virtually every important aspect of damages law in South Carolina. Covering not only the theory and policy behind damages law, the book also includes comprehensive discussion and analysis of compensatory damages in personal injury and property torts, contract damages, and punitive damages, but also more than thirty individual chapters on everything from damages in anti-trust and automobile wreck cases to wrongful death and wrongful discharge and virtually everything in between! Truly, this is a book that every South Carolina attorney, whether plaintiff or defense, should have on his or her shelf., Contributing Author, South Carolina Damages, South Carolina Bar, 2009
  • Editor, Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2006
  • $600,000 - Auto Accident Verdict, 2014
  • $897,500 - Auto Accident Verdict, 2014
  • Jury verdict in Orangeburg, South Carollina for injuries sustained on personal property involving a construction accident., 2016
  • $2,764,232,46 Business Torts Litigation:  Breach of Contract and Fraud, 2013
  • $375,000 - Auto Accident, 2015
Industry Groups:
  • Alcohol Liability
  • Business Litigation
  • Drunk Driving
  • Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Trucking & Automobile Accidents
  • Workers Compensation

Office location for Robert F. Goings

1510 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-350-9230


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  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

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