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Mr. Charters' practice as a high profile litigator with one of the largest professional liability defense firms in the Commonwealth of Virginia underscores the tremendous experience he brought to Goodman Allen Donnelly, when he joined as a Partner in 2003. As an active duty Major in the United States Army from 1980-1991, Mr. Charters gained invaluable experience in health care litigation in positions he held throughout the United States, including the Pentagon, Fort Bliss and the United States Military Academy. In both Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, the focus of Mr. Charters practice is in the areas of Professional Liability Defense, Workers' Compensation, Real Estate, Products Liability and Complex Litigation. He is a frequent lecturer to health care providers on the topics of health care and medical malpractice defense.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., M.L.T. (Federal Taxation) (1987)
  • The Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Va., LL.M. (Military Law) (1987)
  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, N.Y., J.D. (1979)
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., A.B. (Cum Laude) (1976)


  •  25 years of experience with health care / malpractice law
  • Regionally licensed (Virginia and North Carolina)
  • Hospital Ethics advisor
  • Multiple appearances before the Virginia Supreme Court

Practice Areas:

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • State Board Licensing & Credentialing
  • Products Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation

Admitted to Practice:

  • The Supreme Court of the United States (1987)
  • Commonwealth of Virginia (1991)
  • State of North Carolina (1995)
  • State of New York (1980)
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U. S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Virginia
  • U. S. District Courts for the Northern District and Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U. S. Court of Military Appeals

Professional Affiliations, Awards and Service:

  • Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • National Defense and Army Service Ribbons