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Robert W. Goldsmith

Robert W. Goldsmith

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About Me

32 years as a lawyer with 29 years in Seattle, primarily in criminal defense at all levels--local, state and federal. I have won acquittals in a murder one case, federal drug conspiracy, and many other types of cases from DUI to assault. I have won appeals in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and in the Washington Supreme Court. Every case I take I treat as a unique opportunity to explore all possible defenses to the satisfaction of my client, whose legal interest comes first.


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    37 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Sean P Cecil

    I endorse this lawyer. Bob is a great defense attorney who has been a very important source of advice for me over the years. I refer clients to him without hesitation.


    Sean Cecil Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jan Phillip Olson

    I endorse Bob Goldsmith without reservation. Whenever I have a federal practice question about the Western Dist. of WA., I ask Bob. He is a very hard worker, cares about his Client's, and has the respect of the judges. He always knows what will work in a particular judge's court. He is excellent to consult for court strategy, because he is not afraid to take tough cases to trial. No wonder he has taught trial practice classes before. After I have brainstormed with him, I always feel like I have covered critical issues well, and will provide better service to my Client.


    Jan Olson Child Abuse Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Robert Goldsmith

705 2nd Ave Ste 1300
Seattle, WA, 98104-1797



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in 2010Seattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2000
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSeattle University Law School2000 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Robert Goldsmith1990 - Present
Attorney & training coordinatorThe Public Defender Association1982 - 1990
AttorneyCitizens for a Better Environment1978 - 1981
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1991 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysChair of CLE Committee1987 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. K.L.Motion: to suppress search, case dismissed.
Seattle v. C.W.Law criminalizing traffic tickets invalidated.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Criminal Defense“A Radical Experiment.”2009
Washington State Bar News, Vol. 49, No. 9"Conflicts: A True Love/Hate Story"1993
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of Wisconsin, MadisonEnglish, Philosphy & HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Energize Your Felony DefenseSentencing: The Agony & the Ecstasy2010
High Profile CasesDefending High Profile Aggravated Murder2008