Passing of the torch in West Virginia
After five years of serving as Member-in-Charge of FBT in Charleston, Carol Smith has passed the baton to Carte Goodwin. Carte most recently was in private law practice, but has also served as General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III (2005-2009) and as U.S. Senator in 2010 to fill the vacancy of the late Robert Byrd. He was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the United States – China Economic and Security Review Commission, where he will serve until the expiration of his term on December 31, 2017. As Carte assumed the role of FBT Charleston Member-in-Charge, he also become vice-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group and a principal of CivicPoint, FBT’s government affairs subsidiary.
Carte, Carol and their colleagues in the Charleston office are continuing to assist clients throughout West Virginia with their litigation and business needs. They also focus on building out the team and expanding the energy practice in the region, augmenting the work of FBT’s Pittsburgh and Kentucky teams in the rapidly changing and ever-complicated energy space.
As part of the expansion, Joe Ward joined as a member of the firm and principal of CivicPoint. Joe represents various commercial clients, including financial institutions, insurance companies and energy companies in state and federal courts. As a lobbyist with CivicPoint, he is part of a team of former government officials, legislative staff members, experienced attorneys, political campaign strategists and journalist who assist clients in navigating the political landscape and promoting issue advocacy. He advances the interests of clients in industries such as financial services, natural gas, health care, pharmaceuticals and gaming before executive branch officials and the West Virginia Legislature. He also advises and represents clients before various state agencies, among them the West Virginia Heath Care Authority, West Virginia Ethics Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, the State Tax Department and the West Virginia Public Service Commission.