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Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove Celebrates 2024 Super Lawyers Recognition

We are proud to announce another year of recognition for our outstanding attorneys in the 2024 Super Lawyers selections. Congratulations to Michael Goodove and Elizabeth Ufkes for their recognition in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Jeffrey Swartz in Criminal Defense. This honor reflects their dedication to justice and professional excellence, qualities that define our firm. At Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove, we remain committed to upholding the highest standards of advocacy in personal injury and criminal defense litigation. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Super Lawyers for this esteemed recognition, reinforcing our dedication to our clients and the legal community.


Goodove Received 2021 John T. Hanna Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety

Mike Goodove has been a volunteer for the MADD Southside Chapter in the Tidewater region since 1993.

He was drawn to MADD after his brother was killed by an impaired driver in 1990.

In his time as a MADD volunteer, he has served as the President and media spokesperson for the MADD Southside Chapter, serving as a champion for safer roads and lending a voice to the victims and families of victims of impaired driving crashes in the region.

Throughout his tenure with MADD Southside, Mr. Goodove has provided financial support for the MADD Southside Candlelight Vigil so that victims in the area would have a venue to remember and honor their loved ones each year.


Mr. Goodove has also served as a financial supporter and as an emcee for the Annual MADD Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony in the Tidewater region. This event is typically held annually to honor officers in the region for their impaired driving prevention efforts.

Mr. Goodove recently received the MADD 20th Anniversary “Difference Maker” award. He has organized and conducted monthly meetings for MADD, organized and conducted monthly support group meetings for victims, organized “Tie One On for Safety” Campaigns, and worked pro-bono with victims and prosecutors. The list just goes on… Mike says he volunteers because he believes in supporting victims and deterring impaired driving in the future.

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Goodove Interviewed about the risks of renting homes for teenage beach week.

We’ve hit the prom and graduation season, a time for ordering caps and gowns, picking up corsages, and arranging for pictures.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — We’ve hit the prom and graduation season, a time for ordering caps and gowns, picking up corsages, and arranging for pictures.

Maybe you’re planning a party. Perhaps you’re renting a beach house so teenagers can get together, celebrate, and share memories. If the plan includes the home rental, you might want to rethink it.

The discussion about Beach Week can get tricky. When it comes to the idea of renting a home for it, teenagers may argue: “What could possibly happen? Everyone’s parents are doing this. Didn’t you party at the beach with friends after you graduated from high school?”

“It’s a complicated issue,” one student told us. “They mean well. It doesn’t always go well, but high school graduation is a fun time.”

Keg stands Beer pong. Shots…lots of shots. Those are part of the celebration for a lot of students. Teens admit to drinking anything and everything, as well as having sex.

Attorney Michael Goodove said parents need to realize there are tough laws about renting beach houses for teenagers and their friends and some risks.

“I think people are crazy and somewhat stupid if they don’t pay attention to the legal ramifications of it,” Goodove told 13News Now, adding that if you rent a beach house for teens and there are alcohol and drugs there, you could be arrested and sent to jail.

There can be huge lawsuits that can leave you bankrupt. What if someone leaves the party drunk, or there’s a sexual assault?

“Parents sometimes need to act like parents and less like their kids,” Goodove stated.

In 2009, the Virginia Supreme Court weighed in on the issue, saying if parents are negligent in the duty of supervising someone else’s child, they can be held civilly responsible for damages.

Michele Tryon, a Parent Educator at The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, said, “One of the things we know is that when they say they want to party with their friends, usually there’s some alcohol involved.”

Tyron noted that the subject of graduation parties can involve tough conversations for parents.

You might ask your teen to convince you it’s a good idea to go or ask him/her to explain to you how he/she will be safe. Some parents seem to go the opposite direction, considering supplying alcohol for the parties.

“I think it sends a really mixed message. Teens are already conflicted about some of the choices they’re making,” explained Tryon.

When it comes to teens who drink, The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse reports 1.4 million teenagers engage in binge drinking. Six hundred twenty thousand have an alcohol use issue.

Parents who supply alcohol to children could be charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, which is a $2,500 fine and carries a potential jail sentence of one year. If there are 20 teenagers at a party for which you supplied alcohol, that’s 20 counts/charges.

Last year, Virginia Beach police officers cited 465 teens for having alcohol, including some in Sandbridge.

“As a parent, we have a duty to be a role model for our children, and we have a duty to not only follow the law but not to engage in dangerous or illegal behavior,” Goodove said.

Clearly, some teens today are choosing not to drink. Studies show about 50 percent don’t.

“Be sober and have fun. You don’t have to be drunk to have fun,” one teenager told 13News Now.

Beach Week may be a tradition for a lot of teenagers. Each year, inevitably, the tradition ends badly somewhere. How they choose to celebrate it and graduation, in general, will determine how — or if — they will be able to look back on the celebration.

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ABC News Interviews Michael Goodove on McDonnell Appeal


Jeffrey Swartz Successfully Defends Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms

Partner, Jeffrey Swartz, successfully represented Virginia Beach Mayor, Will Sessoms.  Following a 14 month investigation in which 5 charges were brought against Mayor Sessoms for conflict of interest, Swartz obtained a dismissal of 4 charges and a no contest plea to the remaining charge for which the Mayor received a fine which was suspended.  Throughout the entire investigation, Swartz maintained as quoted in the Virginian Pilot that “Over the many years that Mr. Sessoms has worked on behalf of the City, his reputation for honesty and integrity has been beyond reproach. Mayor Sessoms never knowingly or intentionally violated the Conflict of Interest Act or any other legal obligation which he has to the citizens of Virginia Beach.”  Mayor Sessoms will continue serving the citizens of Virgina Beach as Mayor.

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Goodove and Swartz selected again as Super Lawyers in 2011

For Immediate Release

For another year in a row, Michael Goodove and Franklin Swartz have been selected as 2011 Super Lawyers. Michael Goodove was selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Franklin Swartz was selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense. Only 5% of Virginia attorneys are chosen every year and Goodove and Swartz were selected based upon evaluation by other lawyers and independant research of the candidates.