Carte P. Goodwin

T 304.348.2422
F 304.345.0115
United Bank
500 Virginia Street, East, Suite 1100
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Carte P. Goodwin is the Member-in-Charge of the Charleston office and the Vice Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. He is also a principal of CivicPoint, the firm's public affair subsidiary. Carte's practice includes litigation and appellate advocacy, as well as advising clients on government relations, intellectual property matters and commercial transactions.

A Legal Career Punctuated by Terms of Public Service

In a legal career punctuated by terms of public service, Carte has developed and managed a diverse practice and client portfolio, including extensive appellate and litigation experience, as well as advising businesses on matters including intellectual property, government relations, regulatory proceedings and commercial acquisitions.

From 2005-2009, Carte served as General Counsel to then-Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia, serving on the executive leadership team as senior advisor to the Governor and providing counsel on legal, legislative and policy matters to the Governor, members of the Governor’s office, and Cabinet Secretaries and directors of administrative departments of state government.

Following that four-year foray into public service, Carte returned to private practice in 2009, where he built a practice based upon a broad foundation of clients and practice areas. Earning a reputation as a strategic counselor and skilled attorney, Carte represented a number of businesses, groups, and individuals needing appellate and litigation representation, regulatory advice, or counsel on public policy. In 2009, he was appointed as Chairman of the West Virginia Independent Commission on Judicial Reform, along with Honorary Co-Chair Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The Commission was created to study the need for systematic judicial reforms in West Virginia. Following input from national experts, the state judiciary, members of the State Bar and the public at large, Carte coordinated the drafting and approval of the Commission’s final report, which was issued on November 15, 2009. The report made a series of recommendations that ultimately were enacted into West Virginia law, including the codification of the judicial vacancy appointment process and the implementation of public financing for judicial elections.

The following year Carte was appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving Senator in our nation’s history. Within minutes of being sworn in, Carte cast the 60th vote to overcome a Senate filibuster and pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits for millions of Americans still reeling from the economic downturn. Serving until a special election that fall, Carte co-sponsored coal mine safety legislation and voted to confirm numerous Presidential nominations, including an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Commander of U.S. Central Command, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Following his brief tenure in the Senate, Carte returned to the private sector in 2011, where his practice has remained consistently diverse, including a broad spectrum of clients, issues and fora. As a testament to his reputation among the judiciary, Carte has been hired on two separate occasions by the West Virginia Judicial Association (the association of all West Virginia state court judges) to represent the state judiciary in connection with appellate proceedings implicating the judiciary’s constitutional prerogatives.

Carte has maintained an active transactional, regulatory, and government relations practice. His experience and portfolio here are similarly varied, including counseling clients in connection with regulated transactions, government relations, government procurement and various commercial acquisitions. In today's complex legal and regulatory environment, such work is often a natural outgrowth of the litigation, regulatory, and transactional needs of his clients. Drawing on his public sector experience, Carte offers insight to clients looking to navigate the administrative, regulatory and legislative processes in West Virginia.

In December 2017, Carte was reappointed by U.S. Senate Minority Leader to serve a fourth consecutive two-year term on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Commission monitors, investigates and submits to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

Representative Experience

  • Representing clients, including public utilities, telecommunications providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, oil and gas producers, public officials, and higher education institutions, in appeals and civil litigation throughout West Virginia’s state and federal courts. Matters have ranged from products liability, antitrust, and health care regulatory proceedings, to white collar investigations.
  • Representing clients in mass and class action litigation.
  • Representing clients in various commercial transactions as well as the formation and organization of business entities.
  • Representing clients in government affairs.
  • Representing clients in the preparation and registration of federal trademark applications, license agreements and intellectual property litigation.

Representative Matters

Successfully defended a state court appeal challenging an electrical utility’s multi-million dollar acquisition of a coal-fired power plant.

Secured a favorable state appellate ruling on the lawfulness of a national urgent health care provider’s organizational structure.

Successfully defended the state’s largest university in lawsuit and appeal brought by company seeking the public disclosure of documents related to faculty’s scholarly research.

Obtained favorable ruling from state appellate court against state licensing board for failing to comply with applicable requirements governing the resolution of professional licensure and disciplinary proceedings.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected by Emory University School of Law as an "Emory Law 100" honoree in conjunction with the commemoration of the school's 100th anniversary. (2017)
  • Selected for inclusion in West Virginia Super Lawyers®, 2015-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in West Virginia Rising Stars®, 2014
  • Recipient, Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • 2014 Young Alumni Award, Emory University School of Law
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Marietta College, 2012
  • TIME Magazine, “40 Under 40,” 2010
    (Named to TIME Magazine’s list of “rising political stars.”)
  • West Virginia Executive Magazine, “Young Gun,” 2009
    (Named to state business magazine’s list of outstanding young professionals.)
  • Henry Toll Fellowship Program, 2006
    (Selected for participation in national leadership development program for state government officials sponsored by the Council of State Governments.)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit
  • Commissioner, United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2011-present
  • Member, Executive Council of the West Virginia Bar Association
  • United States Senator, West Virginia, 2010
  • Chairman, West Virginia Independent Commission for Judicial Reform, 2009
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations for West Virginia Gov. Joseph A. Manchin III (2005-2009)
  • Chairman, School Building Authority for West Virginia Gov. Joseph A. Manchin III (2005-2009)

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Distributions Committee, 2014-present
  • University of Charleston Board of Trustees, 2012-2104

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Author, “Live, In Concert and Beyond: A New Standard of Contributory Copyright Infringement.” 13 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 345 (1999)

Other Contact Info


Brooke Robinette
T 304.348.2427