Mr. Thomas R. Goodwin
Goodwin & Goodwin LLP
300 Summers Street, Suite 1500
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone    (304) 346-7000
Fax         (304) 344-9692

Type of Case: Civil and Criminal
Admitted to practice:
Supreme Court
4th Circuit

Mr. Goodwin represents clients in state and federal appeals, in various commercial transactions including oil and gas matters, in the purchase and sale of stock and/or business assets, and in varied civil litigation throughout West Virginia’s state and federal courts. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, he is a West Virginia State Bar Foundation Fellow (2003), and he is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2010). Mr. Goodwin's experience includes serving as West Virginia State Tax Commissioner (1977), and as Executive Assistant to Governor John D. Rockefeller, IV (1977-1981). He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and all lower West Virginia state courts. Mr. Goodwin holds degrees from West Virginia University (A.B. 1966; J.D. 1969; Order of the Coif; West Virginia Law Review Editor-in-Chief) and Harvard University (LLM, 1970).


  • West Virginia University (A.B.) 1966
  • West Virginia University (J.D.) 1969
  • Harvard Law School (LL.M.) 1970

Practice Focus:

  • Appellate practice in both state and federal courts
  • General litigation
  • Numerous cases before West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals and lower state and federal courts.

Representative Cases:

  • State ex real. McGraw v. Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., 217 W.Va. 573, 618 S.E. 2d 582
  • Kocher v. Oxford Life Insurance Co.,, 216 W.Va. 56, 602 S.E. 2d 499 (2004)
  • Club Association of West Virginia v. Wise, 293 F.3d 723 (4th Cir. 2002)
  • Bruen v. Columbia Gas Transmission Corp., 188 W.Va. 730. 730, 426, S.E. 2d 522 (1992).

Honors and Awards:

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers of America for several years
  • Justitia Officium Award presented by West Virginia University College of Law for outstanding graduate from law school.

Nature of Firm's Practice:

  • General