WVPA Legal Hotline

Legal Hotline Attorney Carte Goodwin

Carte Goodwin

Carte Goodwin

With your newspaper’s participation in the West Virginia Press Association’s Legal Hotline program, your publisher, advertising department and newsroom are entitled assistance from  WVPA Legal Hotline Attorney Carte Goodwin (see below) with questions concerning newspaper, advertising or editorial legal issues at no charge.

Only contributing newspapers are eligible for Legal Hotline guidance. Newspapers contribute the cost of a single quarter-page ad annually to secure this valuable service.To participate, contact  Executive Director Don Smith at 304-342-1011, ext. 160, or 304-550-0454.

Submit all Legal Hotline questions and inquires to legalhotline@wvpress.getboho.com

Times you may want to seek a pre-publication review or an official opinion from the Legal Hotline:

  • Is your advertising director worried about the content of an advertisement?
  • Are you not sure about state or federal guidelines on tobacco, alcohol or fireworks?
  • Are your reporters having trouble getting information from a government agency?
  • Is your editor worried that a statement might be libelous?
  • Do you need an official statement for a news story about open meetings or freedom of information?
  • Do you have a question about access to records and opening meeting laws?

The first contact for all questions — urgent, general, advertising and editorial issues — for all participating newspapers should be Executive Director Don Smith — 304-342-1011, ext. 160, or 304-550-0454 — and the WVPA staff with questions or problems on any newspaper issue. Contact Don at donsmith@wvpress.getboho.com.

Inquires will then be submitted to Goodwin for review and response. This system ensures the quickest response and that no question or inquiry is left unanswered.

Goodwin can also provide valuable insight into the state’s FOIA regulations and is knowledgeable of the current law and court decisions. Another benefit for participating newspapers: Your staff will be able to follow issues and answers from other newspapers.

***Please submit your first inquiry by email to


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NOTE: Please contact the WVPA office as a first option on all questions, but understand that you have access to the Legal Hotline attorney for an expert opinion.

Legal Hotline Attorney Carte Goodwin

Carte Goodwin

Carte Goodwin

Carte Goodwin

300 Summers Street, Suite 1500

Charleston, W.Va., 25301

Carte is a partner with law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin in Charleston, W.VA., and his practice includes litigation and appellate advocacy, as well as advising clients on government relations, intellectual property matters and commercial transactions.


After serving as General Counsel to Gov. 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

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.