Booth Goodwin was appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia by President Barack Obama on May 27, 2010. In his first year in office, Mr. Goodwin led the investigation into the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, attacked the prescription drug crisis in the Southern District of West Virginia, and instituted a drug market intervention initiative in Huntington, West Virginia, the district’s second-largest city. The drug market intervention program in Huntington’s Fairfield neighborhood produced an 80% reduction in violent crime, a 50% reduction in drug offenses, and a 40% drop in other crime. A community that once accounted for 60% of the city’s drug crime now accounts for only 10%. And the positive impact has been city-wide: crime has declined not just in the target neighborhood but in Huntington as a whole.
“During my time as an Assistant United States Attorney and now as United States Attorney, I’ve seen first hand how U.S. Attorney’s offices can change entire communities for the better,” says United States Attorney Goodwin.
After graduating with honors from West Virginia University, where he earned a degree in economics, Mr. Goodwin received his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. After law school, he practiced for five years with the Charleston law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP. In January 2001, Mr. Goodwin was appointed and sworn in as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia and served in that position until his appointment as United States Attorney in May 2010.
During his tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Goodwin prosecuted numerous cases of regional and national significance, including a public corruption investigation that began publicly with the successful prosecution of a magistrate on racketeering charges. The investigation also involved a state house of delegates member, a sheriff, a county clerk, a mayor, and a city police chief. In all, the probe yielded ten convictions. In recognition of his efforts in the investigation and prosecution of these matters, Mr. Goodwin was awarded a United States Department of Justice Director’s Award.
Mr. Goodwin previously served as the office’s Chief of the Economic Crimes Section and the office's lead computer hacking and intellectual property crimes prosecutor.