Dinsmore & Shohl Mourns the Loss of Steve Goodwin

April 22, 2010News Releases

It is with great sadness that the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP reports the passing of Stephen P. Goodwin. Steve had been hospitalized for three weeks with a case of shingles and lost his battle with the disease on Wednesday, April 21st.

"First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Ellen, Carte, Aly, Ryan and their grandchildren at this time of mourning," said Tom Rubenstein, managing partner of Dinsmore & Shohl's Morgantown office. "Morgantown and the State of West Virginia have lost a great man who dedicated a large portion of his time and energy to improving our state and, in particular, West Virginia University (WVU). We have also lost a friend and mentor who modeled for us love of family and how to encourage people to aspire to greater achievement by treating them with dignity and respect. Steve and his family are interwoven into the fabric of West Virginia and WVU and quite simply he was a state treasure that cannot be replaced. We will seek to honor his memory by practicing those values he taught us by example."

Steve joined Dinsmore & Shohl in July of 2009 after leaving Goodwin & Ware. In large part, Steve will be remembered for his dedication to WVU having served as the 100th President of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors and as the former Chairman of WVU's Board of Governors. His distinguished legal career spanned the state as he served as counsel in several large class action suits as well as being a top notch governmental relations attorney for many large and small clients.

"Steve was universally recognized as not only a skilled attorney but, more importantly, a truly good person," said Henry Jernigan, managing partner of Dinsmore & Shohl's West Virginia offices. "All of those that knew Steve will miss his wise counsel and calm demeanor. In his short time with us, he was not only a colleague but a true friend."

Steve received multiple awards throughout his career for his service to the community and his profession, including being named an Outstanding Alumni by WVU Student Government in 2007 and receiving the Distinguished West Virginian Award by Governor Bob Wise in 2003.

Steve will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

Listed below are recent articles published in memory of Steve Goodwin:

Former WVU board chairman Steve Goodwin dies - The Charleston Gazette

Former WVU Board Member Steve Goodwin Dies - WOWK - 13