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    Biography

    Beth Rauer Goodykoontz became a lawyer because she enjoys digging into an issue and finding the answers.  With more than 24 years of experience, including 18 years defending clients facing challenging asbestos litigation, Beth knows how to protect her clients’ interests. Beth’s 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, products liability, personal injury, and contract matters for corporations, including national corporate clients, as well as regional and local entities.  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.

    Prior to private practice, Beth 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.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    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

    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

    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