A. William Charters


William Charters, Attorney, Goodman Allen Donnelly


(757) 625-1400



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William (Bill) Charters' practice as a high profile litigator with two of the largest professional liability defense firms in the Commonwealth of Virginia underscores the tremendous experience he brings to his clients at Goodman Allen Donnelly.

As an active duty Major in the United States Army from 1980-1991, Bill 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 his practice is in the areas of Professional Liability Defense, Workers' Compensation, Real Estate, Products Liability and Complex Litigation. Bill is a frequent lecturer to health care providers on the topics of health care and medical malpractice defense.A. William Charters, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated 2021

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Professional Affiliations, and Service

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

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


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

Admitted to Practice

  • The Supreme Court of the United States
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • State of North Carolina
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • 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