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My practice concentrates in real estate litigation, residential and commercial transactions (representing buyers and sellers) and professional negligence defense (representing brokers, appraisers, accountants, attorneys and other licensed professionals).  I am general counsel to the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS, the Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS and formerly general counsel for the State Association of Boroughs (now represented by my partner Stanley Laskowski).   Litigation experience includes over 55 cases tried before a jury and hundreds resolved in bench trials (no jury), arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolutions forums.


I am frequently asked to serve as an expert witness on matters relating to the standard of care owed by real estate licensees and am a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania REALTORS Institute, the continuing educations arms of the Pennsylvania Bar and Pennsylvania REALTOR Associations.  Attorneys frequently engage my services as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of legal settings.


I am an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law where I teach Real Estate Transactions.  I also serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Task Force.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 30%
    38 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    38 years
  3. Insurance: 25%
    38 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    38 years

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  • James S. Tupitza

    Jim Goldsmith is, without doubt, one of the top real estate lawyers in the state. For years he has be the attorney for the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors. I have taught continuing eduction courses with him for years on numerous real estate related topics from the Agreement of Sale to "Litigating the Failure to Disclose Case." I have been in the court room with him. Jim's broad range of experience and practical common sense make him a winner in the court room and in the office.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Caldwell & Kearns

13 East Main Street
Hummelstown, PA, 17036

Caldwell & Kearns

3631 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17110



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawer - Professional Negligence DefenseSuper Lawyers2011
Professional Negligence DefenseSuper Lawyers2010
Professional Negligence DefenseSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorWidener University School of Law - Harrisburg Campus1998 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hallman v. TurnsFavorable
Bortz v NoonFavorable
Marlow v. Straub and WilliamsPositive; $300,000 demand; verdict of $1834.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Published by Pennsylvania Association of REALTORSPennsylvania Real Estate ReporterN/A
Modern Real Estate Practice in Pennsylvania 11th EditionModern Real Estate PracticeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawN/AN/AN/A
Washington and Jefferson CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trienniel Ethics TrainingCode of Ethics2011
Continuing Legal Education SeminarHandling the Failure to Disclose Case2011
Young Lawyers Division ConferenceLay Down the Law: Robert's Rules of Order2010
Triple Play 2010 REALTOR Covention & Trade ExpoTri-State Legal Update2010
Trends & Topics Before the State Real Estate CommissionMake licensees aware of current trends/issues brought before the Commission2010
SeminarBreaches & Liability Under the Agreement of Sale2010
REALTORS Association of Metropolitan PittsburghThe New Agreement of SAle with Emphasis on the Mediation Clause2010
Real Estate Licensees-Duties & LiabilitiesDuties and liabilties of real estate licensees2010
Real Estate Brokers, Listing and Buyer Agency Agreements & Broker LiabilityResponsibilities of a real estate broker and liability trends and issues2010
Reading-Berks Association of REALTORSReal Estate Licensing and Registration Act2010
Prudential Homesale Services Real EstateCommon Mysteries, Myths & Screw-Ups in Real Estate2010
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteThe New Wave of Title Problems & How to Solve Them2010
Pennsylvania Bar InstituteNEW and Substantial Chanes to the PAR Standard Agreement of Sale2010
Modern Real Estate Practice in PennsylvaniaRules & Regulations Governing the Real Estate Practice by Licensees2010
Legal & Regulatory FormCo-Presentation with general counsel for the National Association of REALTORS on recent developments and the law affecting real estate brokers2010
Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORSAdvanced Buyer Agency2010
Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORSImportant Legal Elements in Real Estate2010
Delaware County Bar AssociationWorkshopUnderstanding the New Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS Standard Agreement of Sale for Residential Properties2010
Concealing Defects & Failing to Disclose in Residential Real Estate TransactionsResponsibilities and liability issues relative to the Seller's Disclosure Law2010
Cambria-Somerset Association of REALTORSAgency Relationships, Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act and the New Agreement of Sale2010
Breaches and Liability Under the Agreement of SaleLiability issues when using the PAR Agreement of Sale2010
Berks County Bar AssociationThe PA Association of REALTORS' New Standard Agreement of Sale2010
Allegheny Highland Association of REALTORSDeposits and Escrow Accounts2010
14th Annual Real Estate InstituteProblems in Residential Real Estate2010
14th Annual Real Estate InstituteResidential Real Estate: What Real Estate Lawyers Need to Know About Changes to the PAR Form, Duties of Licensees, and Defending Brokers and Licensees2010