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Mary Jane Goodwin

Divorce and separation Attorney at Anderson, SC

4.9   58 reviews

also known as MJ Goodwin, Goodwin Law

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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M. J. Goodwin has been a practicing Family Court lawyer in Anderson, South Carolina, and the surrounding counties, since 1991.   M. J. Goodwin is a 1987 graduate of Clemson University.  She graduated from the School of Law at the University of South Carolina in 1991.  She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year.  She began her career in Anderson as a prosecutor with the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.  After establishing herself as familiar figure in the Family and Criminal Courtrooms in Anderson, she opened her own firm in 1994.  M. J. Goodwin believes that everyone should have competent, zealous representation when facing any situation involving a Court.  Family Court is the most emotional, stressful Court that any litigant can face.  It is crucial to have an experienced attorney who can give solid legal advice and temper it with common sense. 

M. J. Goodwin's achievements include:

  • M. J. Goodwin wrote the article “Homicide” that was published in South Carolina’s Legal Encyclopedia, Jurisprudence.  Volume 23, Pages 184-215.
  • She is a former faculty member of the American Institute for Paralegal Studies, where she taught the Family Law segment of the program to aspiring paralegals.  October 1994 through January 1995.
  • She was the teacher of the “Legals” section of the SLED Security Officer Training Course, Level 1.  Tri County Technical College, Pendleton, SC.  October 1991 through September 1994.  This course covered the law of Arrest and Search and Seizure.
  • She was a guest speaker for the American Horse Protection Association, Inc. in April 1994.  The seminar was for law enforcement officers and animal protection volunteers.
  • She has served as a presenter for the South Carolina Bar Continuing Legal Education Division.  She lectured on Guardian ad Litem work at the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013  and 2017 Guardian ad Litem Update program.  She has served as presenter at Seminars for DSS Attorneys and Caseworkers, dealing with hearsay exception cases.
  • M. J. Goodwin worked as a DSS Contract Attorney in Anderson County, SC for approximately 5 years.
  • M. J. Goodwin worked as an Assistant Solicitor in Anderson County from 1991 through 1994.
  • After working as a prosecutor, M. J. Goodwin opened her own firm on September 19, 1994.  She has represented hundreds of people in Family Court and Criminal Court since that time.
  • M. J. Goodwin  regularly writes a column, “Legal Pad“, in the online newspaper The Anderson Observer, informing the community on important legal issues that may affect readers.

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Location

Goodwin Law
113 N Main St
Anderson, SC, 29621-5608

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Brad and Alison | October 27, 2021
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The Attorney That Will Fight For You!
MJ Goodwin is a Honest, Dependable, and Dedicated Attorney. She has stood by us, and always been there when we need her. No matter what time of day we, call, text or email her. She responds with an answer quickly. When it comes to you fighting for full custody of your kids...PLEASE CALL MJ GOODWIN! There are not enough words to say how Thankful we are to you for all you have done for us!
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Posted by Chad | March 16, 2021
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Very Satisfied
Made a very stressful situation easier to get through. MJ knew her stuff, replied to my questions promptly, and guided me through every step of the process. I would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Chris | March 16, 2021
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Divorce
Very good attorney that attempts to assist her clients the best way possible
Posted by Elizabeth | October 16, 2020
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Do you need an excellent attorney? Well, you’ve found her.
Just the best. Checks every box and then checks more you didn’t know you needed checked. I consulted with about 6-7 attorneys for a divorce case. Was confused about the process and and very emotional. Enter our heroines, MJ and her assistant Joy. Professional and experienced. Reasonable and realistic. I’d hire her again for any area of her practice without a moment’s hesitation. She and Joy are the best. You need look no further. I initially looked further and it was a waste of time. She’s the one. Write it down, take a picture, she’s the best, period. She knows what she’s doing and she does it with quiet competence and class. She is someone I will remember my whole life and be thankful for. Retain her today and put your mind at ease. Believe in her experience and align your goals with her advice and you will not be disappointed. Thank you MJ and Joy.
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Posted by Jonathan | July 27, 2020
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The BEST in Anderson SC!!!!
MJ helped me with a real pickle of a situation with my children. Their Mom had been exposing them to extremely harsh conditions in many ways and they were being subjected to several different forms of abuse. It was an odd case with jurisdictional issues. After my initial consult with MJ, she did not hesitate! She was very professional and direct which let me know quickly that she knows her stuff! She was also relentless in her fight for my children and knew just the pressure points to push to get the reaction from the opposition that she was going for. Her rates are very fair and you definitely get what you pay for!!! I hope I never have to go back to family court again after this, but if i do, I know I want MJ Goodwin in MY corner!!!
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Posted by Mark | June 13, 2019
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Compassion expert !!!
Very caring and understanding of my situation. Go see MJ u won’t be disappointed...
Posted by Cynthia | March 25, 2018
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Great Attorney
Ms. Goodwin was my attorney for a custody case. She listened to my concerns and advised me accordingly. She responded to me quickly and I had no problems.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2018
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Amazing!
We hired Mrs. Goodwin for an adoption case, she was amazing. She's very quick to respond and was very helpful with whatever questions we had for her. She got our case in motion as soon as we hired her. I would recommend MJ Goodwin to anyone. She's very professional and thorough. My husband and I were very pleased with Mrs. Goodwin and staff.
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Posted by Alan | November 27, 2017
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Great Job with Divorce Case
MJ did a great job handling my case. She was always available for questions and her legal advice was spot on. She will do what is necessary for your case and always had a positive attitude! I would recommend her to anyone who is having to go through a divorce.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2017
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Makes things happen!
I hired MJ Goodwin for a dangerous divorce situation and she handled my case to the upmost satisfaction. Although she is not a shoulder to cry on, she made me feel safe and happy and gave me a new life. She has so many contacts and is scary in court! She is definitely someone you want to have on your side. I absolutely recommend!
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Posted by Gilbert Eyabi | August 23, 2017
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Best Family Court Attorney Ever
MJ, as far as I am concerned, is not just the best attorney in the UpState of South Carolina but one of the finest people I have had the privilege of knowing. She made what I would accurately describe as the worst experience in my life, divorce, be as manageable as it could possibly be. She was very professional, knowledgeable, persistent, consistent and resilient throughout the process. She kept expectations at the appropriate levels all the time and worked very hard to achieve those expectations. She is a definite plus in the South Carolina Legal System and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking relief from the court system in a case involving separation or divorce. --gil
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Posted by Katie | July 25, 2017
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WONDERFUL ATTORNEY
MJ is WONDERFUL! She is hardworking and dedicated to her job. She takes the time to listen, remembers what you tell her, and ensures that you get what you need. MJ is punctual and very quick to respond.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2017
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Highly Recommend them!
Wonderful attorneys, very thorough and they go above and beyond to provide excellent legal services to their clients! My husband and I highly recommend them, without reservation for all your legal needs!
Posted by Tabitha | July 23, 2017
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Words Can't Describe
I cannot describe what a positive difference MJ Goodwin made in my life. I sought her out for TPR and a name change for my daughter. Once I was finally able to follow through with the process on my end, she made sure that it was as quick and as painless as possible. In under four months, she helped me achieve independence from this issue that has haunted me for 4 years. The hearing was simple and she walked me through every step. I highly recommend her for anyone needing help with this, as I would have been lost doing it on my own. I will be forever grateful to her for bringing me the priceless peace of mind that comes with knowing your child is protected. Unlimited stars from me.
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Posted by Katy | May 31, 2017
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Personal Divorce-
MJ outlined for me exactly what it would take, what I could expect, and what I needed to do to make it go smoothly. Except for a hiccup on schedule- due to vacations, kids graduation and work, we were able to get it done with no fuss, in the timeline we had outlined. I appreciate her transparency as to what I could expect- and setting my expectations that all my protestations would not change what the law can and can't do in S Carolina. Thank you MJ!
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2017
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Highly recommend!
MJ is kind, compassionate, and honest. She knows the law and is a true professional in the family court. She helped me through the most difficult time in my life, guiding me with strength, knowledge, and a genuine desire to see me get the best outcome possible! I would highly recommend her without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2017
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Highest recommendation
I'm new to this area and knew no one. This office made me feel comfortable and at home. The work they did for me was exactly what I needed, and I recommend their services very highly.
Posted by Brandon | May 10, 2017
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Wonderful Experience
MJ was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with in our Adoption case. She handled our case efficiently and made the process so easy for us. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thanks MJ for all your help in making our family complete.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2017
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Precious Adoption
My husband and I had an out of state adoption that involved ICPC between two states. We had been given the run around with other attorneys about time frames and where to even to local the ICPC agreement. Not many attorneys in the area have the knowledge that MJ has to be able to locate and proceed approperately for our adoption finalization. This is the reason we chose MJ. We were able to finalize our adoption within two months of us petitioning the courts. She helped make the process easy for us. I would recommend MJ to anyone. MJ, thank you for all that you do to make the process as easy as possible for the families you work with.
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Posted by Josi | April 20, 2017
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Wonderful Attorney
MJ represented my husband and I in a child custody battle and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome. She was always quick to respond to emails and made sure we understood every detail of the case. She was always patient and diligent and we will be forever grateful for her services!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Goodwin Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • City Prosecutor
  • City of Anderson, SC
  • 1996 - Present
  • Founding Attorney
  • Goodwin & Pruette, Attorneys at Law, LLC
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Founding Attorney
  • MJ Goodwin, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • 1994 - 2012
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Tenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Anderson, SC
  • 1991 - 1994
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Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Clemson University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fisher v Tucker
  • Finding of paternity

Associations

  • Carolina Marsh Tacky Association
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Anderson County Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Case Training
  • Prosecution and Defense of DUI Cases
  • 2018
  • Children and the Family Court
  • SC Code Section 19-1-180
  • 2018
  • Guardian ad Litem Annual Update CLE
  • Evaluation of Custody Cases from a Best Interest Standard
  • 2017
  • South Carolina Department of Social Services Training
  • Hearsay Exceptions, Section 19-1-180
  • 2013
  • Guardian ad Litem Update CLE
  • Guardian ad Litem Update CLE
  • 2013
  • Guardian ad Litem Update CLE
  • Guardian ad Litem Update CLE
  • 2012
  • Guardian ad Litem Update CLE
  • Guardian ad Litem Update CLE
  • 2011
  • Guardian ad Litem Update CLE
  • Guardian ad LItem Update CLE
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Family Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mary Jane without reservation. He has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and has the skills of a superb litigator."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse M.J. She is a very smart and tough trial lawyer. We have worked on opposite sides for clients but I have always been impressed by her tenacity, intelligence and skill. She would be a great choice for any client."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Goodwin has earned the respect and admiration of both clients and attorneys. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any and all potential clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Goodwin always provides thoughtful and thorough answers on Avvo regarding family law and all related matters. I would not hesitate to refer anyone to her practice!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Hard working and knowledgeable on all technical issues involved with DUI prosecution."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well versed in the law and professional in conduct."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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