Associate

E bgooding@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7821
F (803) 231-7871
Ben focuses his practice in the areas of appellate advocacy, professional negligence, and commercial litigation. As a former appellate law clerk, Ben offers a valuable perspective on briefing and arguing issues before an appellate court. While at Sowell Gray Robinson, Ben has written numerous appellate briefs on a variety of legal issues at the state and federal level. He also has experience representing attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice actions in both state and federal courts. Ben’s business litigation practice covers a wide variety of business disputes, including banking litigation, legal actions between members of an LLC, commercial landlord/tenant disputes and securities arbitration. Ben’s undergraduate studies in business and finance provide him with necessary background to understand the functions, operations, and complexities of the businesses he represents.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012
    – South Carolina Law Review, Research Editor
    – Order of Wig and Robe
    – Order of the Coif
    – CALI Award for Advanced Legal Writing
  • University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, B.B.A. in Finance, magna cum laude, 2009
    – UGA Honors Program
    – Leadership (L.E.A.D.) Fellow, Institute for Leadership Advancement
  • The Honorable H. Bruce Williams, South Carolina Court of Appeals (2012-2014)
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division
    – Backpack Drive Committee (2015-present)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • State v. Schrader-Falls, 2016 WL 4013758 (S.C. Ct. App. 2016).  In this appeal from a murder conviction, the issue was whether the circuit court erred in requiring the defendant to testify prior to her expert witness.
  •  Pavilion Dev. Corp. v. Nexsen Pruet LLC, 2015 WL 4755645 (S.C. 2015). This case involved the novel question of whether a legal malpractice claim may be assigned to an adversary in litigation as part of the settlement of the case.  The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that such assignments are void as against public policy.  Watch the oral argument at http://media.sccourts.org/videos/2013-002796.mp4.
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  Back to School Back Pack Drive
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
    – Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • South Carolina Wildlife Federation
    – Board of Directors (2017)