Beth Rauer Goodykoontz
Of Counsel
(304) 353-8130
Office: Charleston
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
J.D. West Virginia University
M.A. West Virginia University
B.A. Indiana University
Licensure: WV
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Biography

Beth Rauer Goodykoontz's practice focuses on mass tort litigation, toxic torts, and products liability.  She has 22 years of experience as an attorney, including 16 years involved in the defense of clients in asbestos cases.

Ms. Goodykoontz's primary area of practice focuses on the defense of products liability cases and complex tort actions for national corporations in asbestos litigation. She routinely serves as coordinating liaison counsel in asbestos cases referred to the West Virginia Mass Litigation Panel coordinating all aspects of factual and expert discovery.  In addition to toxic tort experience, she has experience defending deliberate intent cases. She also handles litigation in products liability, personal injury, and contract matters. Ms. Goodykoontz represents corporations, including national corporate clients, as well as regional and local corporate clients. She has represented premises owners, manufacturers, and Fortune 500 companies in many industries, including the chemical industry, manufacturers of plastics and synthetic fibers, and manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products.

Previously, Ms. Goodykoontz was a member of the law firm of Robinson & McElwee where her practice focused on mass tort litigation, toxic torts, and products liability.  Ms. Goodykoontz also worked within the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office as Assistant Attorney General handling workers’ compensation defense and representing state agencies in grievances and administrative hearings before state grievance boards.

Work Experience

2017 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2005-2017 Robinson & McElwee
2001-2005 Spilman Thomas & Battle
1999-2001 Assistant Attorney General, Higher Education Division, West Virginia Attorney General's Office
1998-1999 Assistant Attorney General, Division of Labor, West Virginia Attorney General's Office
1996-1998 Law Clerk, Hon. Ronald G. Pearson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of West Virginia
1995-1996 Attorney, Child Support Enforcement Division

Key Experience

Litigated asbestos, benzene, and other toxic exposure cases representing more than 25 different clients, including premises liability clients, manufacturers, and suppliers of numerous products and installers of asbestos-containing products
Defended deliberate intent cases brought by employees against employers in an effort to avoid the employer’s workers’ compensation immunity, a type of personal injury action unique to West Virginia jurisprudence
Represented respiratory protection manufacturer in silica exposure claims

Memberships & Awards

Professional
West Virginia State Bar Association
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. District Court, Southern of West Virginia

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