Archive 2010

“The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” selects Michael L. Goodove

For Immediate Release:

Michael L. Goodove, Esq. has been nominated and selected to “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the American Association of Trial Lawyers. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications. Michael Goodove specializes in personal injury law and has assisted thousands of clients in almost every area of personal injury law including but not limited to automobile cases, products liability, medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, legal malpractice and actively practices on both State and Federal Courts.

92.9 The Wave-Hampton Roads Topics-Interviews Michael Goodove about Impaired Driving

Michael Goodove interviewed Radio Program about Impaired Driving

Michael Goodove comments on a new website that helps drivers avoid tickets and dui checkpoints.

Mike Goodove, a Norfolk attorney and president of the Southside Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, lost his brother to a drunk driver. Goodove agreed Phantom Alert does some good things, but he says DUI checkpoint alerts aren't one of them. "It's personal responsibility. I don't think we can support a tool that encourages people to drink, drive and avoid detection," Goodove said.

Michael Goodove comments on the proposal to privatize liquor sales.

PORTSMOUTH--A proposal to privatize liquor sales in the state of Virginia is raising some eyebrows. The Governor's office estimates it will generate about 300-500 million dollars from license fees and they plan to use the money for transportation.

Police could ask DUI suspects place of last drink

Police could ask DUI suspects place of last drink
by Joe Flanagan, 13 News, and Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 25 at 6:27 PM



“Last drink” legislation

RICHMOND (AP) — Police officers could begin asking people pulled over for driving under the influence where they had their last drink.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send the full Senate a bill that would require officers to ask where a suspected offender consumed his or her final drink. Officers would be required to pass that information along to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Del. John O’Bannon of Henrico, says it would help the board target establishments that violate alcohol laws.

Some local establishments say the law is not necessary and difficult to enforce.

The general manager of Scotty Quixx on Granby Street feels owners are doing all they can to serve alcohol responsibly now.

“Once he leaves the door, it’s kind of hard to control if he puts the key in the ignition or not.  Like I said, I have gone as far as calling cabs for people.  Standing next to them until the cab gets there and they refuse to get in the cab.  What do you do at that point?” said Rhett Ransdell.

“The burden would be on the ABC Board to prove that.  So it’s not automatic just because an individual was at an establishment and tells the police they were at an establishment. I can’t see the jeopardy to that licensing,’ said Michael Goodove of MADD.

“One of the challenges we have as owners is, we are told to cut someone off after they have had too much to drink. Well we understand that, but you can’t […]

Bookie avoids prison with plea deal in Norfolk

A longtime local sports bookie, represented by Franklin Swartz of the law firm of Rabinowitz, Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove, will avoid prison time and forfeit more than $1 million in cash and property under a plea agreement reached with the U.S. Attorney's Office on Tuesday. Howard "Moose" Amdusky, 82, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

70 mph bill going to governor’s desk

by 13 News

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 8:05 AM


PORTSMOUTH — The speed limit on most Virginia highways is 55 miles per hour, though it’s higher in some places.

State legislators want to raise the speed limit on some of the state’s rural highways to 70 miles per hour.

The bill has cleared the house and senate and is on its way to Governor Bob McDonnell’s desk.

Michael Goodove, of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said he is concerned that higher speed limits will pose a threat to safety on the highways.

“Our concern is once you ramp the speed up, if it’s more deadly on the highways it’s not a good thing for the public,” said Goodove. “When you drink alcohol and drive that’s an intentional act, you’d be safer shooting a gun down the highway than getting behind a seven ton vehicle impaired and operating on the highway.”

Even if alcohol isn’t involved, some worry that letting people drive faster will lead to drivers getting careless.

Studies by the insurance industry have shown that higher speed limits leads to an increase in fatal accidents.

If the governor signs the bill, the new law would take effect in July.

Norfolk man pleads guilty to killing, avoids death penalty

Kentrell L. Sanderson, represented by attorney Timothy J. Quick of the law firm of Rabinowitz, Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove, pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder in the slaying of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, and the judge who sentenced him to life said the prosecution had been compromised because the state medical examiner involved had drug convictions. The defense team uncovered this fact which was previously undisclosed by the medical examiner's office and unknown to prosecutors. The Commonwealth's Attorney previously said he would seek the death penalty for Sanderson at his trial, which had been set to begin in March.

Waterside Garage Shooter Acquitted of Murder Charge

A jury found the man accused of murder, attempted murder, and malicious wounding in a March shooting at the Waterside parking garage guilty only of unlawful wounding Friday, and sentenced him to serve 90 days in jail and pay a $2,500 fine. He was represented by Jeffrey Swartz of the law firm of Rabinowitz, Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove. He was acquitted of all other charges.