Attorneys Michael Goodove, Elizabeth Ufkes, Franklin Swartz, and Mark Stokes have been selected as 2022 Super Lawyers. Michael Goodove and Elizabeth Ufkes were selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Franklin Swartz was selected as a Super Lawyer in the field White Collar Criminal Defense and Mark Stokes was selected as a Rising Star in the field of Criminal Defense. Goodove, Ufkes, Swartz and Stokes were selected based upon evaluation by other top lawyers and independent research of the candidates and they are listed in the 2022 Virginia & West Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine.
Mike Goodove, a partner with the Norfolk Law Firm Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz and Goodove, has been a MADD volunteer in the Tidewater area of Virginia for 29 years. Motivated by the death of his younger brother Jeffrey in an alcohol related crash in 1990, he started the MADD Southside chapter in the Hampton Roads area in 1992 and has remained active to the present time. Professionally, he has dedicated his life to assisting victims, especially victims of impaired drivers.
In addition to his role as MADD Southside Chapter Chairman and spokesperson, Mike has coordinated Candlelight Vigils, law enforcement award ceremonies and Tie One On For Safety Campaigns. He has also served victims, participated in Victim Impact Panels, appeared in and created impaired driving awareness PSA’s, and participated in legislative and law enforcement education.
Mike received the MADD 20th Anniversary “Difference Maker” award. He was a 2014 recipient of the “Leaders in the Law” award as recognized by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly for advocating for impaired driving victims and providing victim support. Mike was also selected as a “Fellow” by the Virginia Law Foundation for accomplishments in the area of impaired driving and victim support.
Mike says he volunteers for MADD because he believes in supporting victims and deterring impaired driving in the future. In thinking on his time with MADD, Mike remembers all of the families that he has been able to assist to make sure that their loved ones are never forgotten. The strength of MADD is the people that make up MADD and he is proud to be a part of our fine organization.
10 month-old Amelia White was killed in April when her mother’s car was rear-ended in Isle of Wight County. The court found the defendant driver guilty of reckless driving and ordered her to complete 100 hours of community service, attend a driver improvement class and pay a $1500 fine. Although Gray and her attorney are thankful for a conviction, they do not consider the Court’s punishment sufficient.
Michael L. Goodove, Esq., a partner of Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove, P.C., has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
ABOTA dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. Members in this prestigious invitation-only group must have tried a minimum number of civil jury trials to conclusion. More than 7,600 lawyers and judges are involved in ABOTA chapters in all 50 states.
“ABOTA is one of the nation’s most effective organizations in championing the ethics, professionalism and principles of the legal profession, and I’m honored to be part of this select group,” Michael Goodove said.
Mr. Goodove has devoted his career to helping injured people. Mr. Goodove specializes in automobile negligence, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, admiralty, worker’s compensation as well as complex civil litigation cases. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer”, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”, “Top Lawyer” and is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. Mr. Goodove has tried hundreds of cases to verdict and has handled over 7000 personal injuries cases.
|Congratulations to STS&G partner Michael Goodove for his nomination and acceptance as an “Advocate” into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership is extremely selective, by invitation only, and requires a high personal character and an honorable reputation as a trial lawyer. This year, only 4 lawyers were invited and selected as members in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Goodove has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict and has been specializing in personal injury law for over 29 years. |
Learn more about ABOTA: https://www.abota.org/Online/About/Who_We_Are/Online/About/About_Us.aspx
At work: Whether I’m negotiating a fair settlement or arguing a case to a jury, facilitating positive outcomes for my clients is what motivates me. I have been recognized in the field of Personal Injury by Super Lawyers magazine, as a “Top Lawyer” by Coastal Virginia magazine, as a “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business and as a “Top 40 Under 40” by Inside Business. Active with the Virginia Beach Bar Association, I co-chair the General District Court Bench-Bar committee.
Volunteer activities: As board president of the nonprofit The Bureau of Books and Big Ideas, formerly REACH, we work to improve literacy among children in Hampton Roads through access to and ownership of books.
Home and family: My husband, Gordie, and I have two children, Maggie and Luke, who attend Star of the Sea Catholic School, where I serve as School Board president and fifth grade room parent. We recently adopted a loveable Belgian Malinois puppy that understands French, despite failing out of the K-9 academy.
Advice for women in business: Waterproof mascara is key to appearing calm and composed. You can never predict what each day will bring beyond a sweaty commute to the courthouse, a lengthy argument in trial, an emotional moment with a client, an evening meeting (or two) and rushing home to take care of your family.
How the coronavirus pandemic has affected my work: My firm embraced technology and changed how we meet with clients, transmit documents and conduct depositions.
Professional growth in five years: As I continue to practice law with my mentor and friend, Michael Goodove, I am excited for the opportunities and challenges that come with each new case — from making dangerous site inspections and meeting fascinating people to adapting to developments in both law and technology.
Downtime: I enjoy going to the beach with my kids, cooking, playing piano and binge watching Netflix.
What really gets under my skin: Being addressed by male colleagues who use old-fashioned pet names like “Babydoll” or “Sweetie.”
Attorneys Michael Goodove, Elizabeth Ufkes, and Jeffrey Swartz have been recognized as the 2021 Top Lawyers in Coastal Virginia by CoVABiz, the Business Magazine of Coastal Virginia. Michael Goodove and Elizabeth Ufkes were recognized as Top Lawyers in the field of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Jeffrey Swartz was recognized as a Top Lawyer in the field of Criminal Law. Their law firm of Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz and Goodove, P.C., specializes in personal injury law and criminal defense.
Attorneys Michael Goodove and Elizabeth Ufkes have been selected as 2021 Super Lawyers. Michael Goodove was selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Elizabeth Ufkes was selected as a Super Lawyer as a Rising Star in the field of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Goodove and Ufkes were selected based upon evaluation by other top lawyers and independent research of the candidates. Goodove and Ufkes are listed in the 2020 Super Lawyers Magazine.
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The furniture company that employed the driver agreed this week to pay Duffy’s family $450,000, most of which will be covered by insurance, according to a final order filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court.
Records in Virginia Beach show a suit filed there by Mundorff was settled in late August. A final order, in that case, was entered Oct. 3 but did not mention the settlement amount or terms.
The families were limited in how much they could collect because of the “woefully inadequate” assets and insurance coverage that the company had, according to their attorneys, Michelle McCracken and Michael Goodove. McCracken represented the Duffy family, and Goodove is Mundorff’s lawyer.
“This was never about the money,” Goodove said. “It was an attempt to gain some justice for our clients and to prevent another family from having to go through something like this.”
Duffy, 18, was killed May 19, 2017, when a Great Bridge Furniture box truck driven by Jerode Johnson slammed head-on into her SUV on Indian River Road in the Pungo section of Virginia Beach.
Duffy and Mundorff had spent the day at the beach with friends and were driving home. The two were set to graduate from Great Bridge High School less than a month later.
Mundorff remained hospitalized for months before being sent to a rehabilitation center in Georgia.
Johnson’s blood-alcohol level tested at 0.10 to 0.11 more than two hours after the wreck, according to a toxicologist. It would have been .12 to .16 at the time of the crash, she said. He also had cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drug Valium in his system. His father, a passenger in the truck, also was injured.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this year to numerous charges, including aggravated involuntary manslaughter, DUI, hit and run, drug possession, and driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced in September to 47 years in prison, the maximum.
Mundorff’s mother, Debbie Leger, declined to disclose settlement information in her daughter’s lawsuit, other than to say it was a minor amount considering the significant physical and emotional damage her daughter suffered, and the impact those wounds will continue to have on her. The teen suffered a traumatic brain injury that meant having to relearn how to walk, talk, and eat. One arm had to be fused at a 60-degree angle. Damage to her peripheral vision means she’ll never be able to drive.
“All the money in the world won’t make up for what we have been through and what the Duffy family has been through,” Leger said.
Mundorff also will be required to reimburse their health insurance company with some of the funds she receives, Leger said.
Now 19, Mundorff started school at Virginia Tech this semester. It was a year later than she’d planned, but an amazing feat considering the many months of hospitalization, rehabilitation and therapy she had to undergo, her mother said. She plans to major in biology and hopes to be a doctor, which was Duffy’s goal, too.
“She loves (college) and she’s doing great, but she has a lot of issues, and it is much harder for her than it would have been before the accident,” Leger said.
Leger started a support group for young people with traumatic brain injuries and their caregivers called “TBI Survivors and Thrivers.”
Records in the Duffys’ suit show Great Bridge Furniture agreed to pay $50,000, and their insurance provider will pay $400,000. The suit, filed last year, had sought $30 million.
Settlement funds will go to Duffy’s parents and brother. Nearly $176,000 of that will be deducted for lawyer fees and costs and reimbursement for funeral expenses, according to the final order filed in Chesapeake.
After a settlement hearing in the case Wednesday, Duffy’s parents, Tammy and Scott, said that while appeals in the criminal case may be looming, the civil settlement was one step closer to peace.
“We’re just happy to get this chapter closed,” Tammy Duffy said.
Still, Scott Duffy said, the lawsuit doesn’t take away their loss.
“I don’t want it, really,” he said of the settlement money.
“I just want her back.”