CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia announced that Carol A. Casto has taken office as acting United States attorney effective Jan. 1.
Casto succeeds R. Booth Goodwin II, who announced his resignation last week to return to his family’s law practice. Casto has served as first assistant United States attorney since 2010. From 1989 to 2010, she was an assistant United States attorney in the office’s criminal and civil divisions. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Casto served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Kanawha County from 1983 to 1989.
Casto is a West Virginia native and an honors graduate of West Virginia University and the West Virginia University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the state of West Virginia, the United States District Courts for the northern and southern districts of West Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Casto takes office by virtue of the federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, which provides for the temporary filling of offices that require presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.
“It is my honor and privilege to serve as acting United States attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia,” said Casto. “I stand on the shoulders of the exceptional and distinguished United States attorneys before me, who made excellence in the pursuit of justice the standard for our practice. I have every confidence that with the talented, devoted and hard-working attorneys and staff in my office, we will continue the extraordinary work that the public deserves and has come to expect of us.”