Carte P. Goodwin

  • Charleston, WV


Senator Goodwin is a partner with Goodwin, and his practice includes litigation and appellate advocacy, as well as advising clients on government relations, intellectual property matters and commercial transactions.


Carte currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia with his wife, Rochelle, son, Wesley Patrick, and daughter, Anna Vail.

Practice Details

  • Representing clients in civil litigation throughout West Virginia’s state and federal courts.
  • Representing clients in mass and class action litigation.
  • Representing clients in intellectual property 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.


After serving as General Counsel to Governor Joe Manchin III from 2005-2009, Carte returned to Goodwin, which he initially joined in 2000. In July of 2010, Governor Joe Manchin III appointed Carte to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. Most recently, he has been appointed to serve on the U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission.

  • United States Senator, 2010
    • Senate Armed Services Committee
    • Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
    • Senate Budget Committee
    • Committee on Rules and Administration
  • General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III, 2005-2009
  • Chairman, School Building Authority
  • Member, Consolidated Public Retirement Board
  • Chairman, Governor’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations
  • Clerk for the Honorable Robert B. King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1999-2000

Senator Carte Goodwin, pictured with Vice-President Joseph Biden, being sworn in as the first United States Senator born after 1970 on July 16, 2010.

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower State courts


  • Marietta College, B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude 1996
  • The Emory University School of Law, Doctor of Law, 1999; Order of the Coif, Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Emory International Law Review, Authored “Live, In Concert and Beyond: A New Standard of Contributory Copyright Infringement.” 13 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 345 (199
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