MJ Goodwin

I graduated from Clemson University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Language, with a minor in Business. After being chosen for Jury Service during the summer break between my junior and senior years at Clemson, I decided to go to Law School. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1991. I was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year.  I have spent the vast majority of my career in Family Court handling divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, adoption, abuse and neglect, name changes and other Family Court matters.

While in law school, I worked as a law clerk for the U. S. Attorney’s Office and then as a law clerk for defense attorney Jack B. Swerling. Both these jobs prepared me for my first job as a lawyer, an Assistant Solicitor with the Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Anderson, South Carolina. I gained valuable trial experience while an Assistant Solicitor, from 1991 until 1994, and spent a great deal of time in both the Court of General Sessions and Family Court. In 1994, I opened my law firm and have continued my trial work.  I worked as a part-time attorney with the South Carolina Department of Social Services from 2009 through 2014.   The vast majority of my practice is devoted to trial work in Family Court.

I believe my clients are best served with a creative, but common sense, approach to their legal issues.  What most clients want is an affordable, peaceful resolution to their litigation.  I pride myself on my clients’ being satisfied with the representation my firm has provided to them.   I want my clients to come out of their divorce as healthy, happy individuals.  Hiring an attorney should be viewed as an investment.  We have many former clients who are willing to provide references to prospective clients.