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Richard Goldsworthy

Wrongful termination Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
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About Richard

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With over a decade of litigation experience, Rick is committed to protecting the rights of individuals and promoting justice by vigorously advocating on behalf of his clients. He believes that our legal system should be used to defend and promote fundamental individual rights. He considers it an honor to fight for each person’s right to equal justice under the law.

Rick focuses his practice on complex litigation, primarily employment law and class action claims. He has a proven track record of success, litigating numerous six and seven figure results in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases, wage and hour cases, and class actions. Rick was named a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers every year from 2013 through 2018.

Prior to starting his litigation practice, Rick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Tom Chambers of the Washington State Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and earned his B.A. from the University of Washington. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, as well as the Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA). He is admitted to practice in all Washington courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.


Shishido Taren Goldsworthy, PLLC
705 Second Ave.
Ste 1500
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Posted by Renee | November 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommends Mr. Goldsworthy
When I was treated unfairly by a supervisor, and later wrongfully discharged, I sought legal advice. Mr. Goldsworthy listened to my story with kindness and compassion, offering options on how to proceed during a very difficult time. Mr. Goldsworthy gave me hope and helped me navigate through this life-changing experience. Not only did his support restore my confidence, but Mr. Goldsworthy also empowered me to be heard and hold upper management accountable for their actions. During the process, he kept me informed, encouraged, and got me an amazing result. I’m grateful. Mr. Goldsworthy is an empathetic, ethical legal professional who makes a difference in the lives of those he represents. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Nicole | February 2, 2023
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Highly recommend him
I deeply appreciated Rick’s empathy and professionalism for me as a client. He is a dedicated lawyer who clearly takes his work seriously and I felt confident at all times that he was solidly in my corner. I very highly recommend him.
Posted by Alex | January 25, 2023
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Life Changing Experience
Richard Goldsworthy represented me in a very emotional discrimination lawsuit recently that finally came to an end a year later. Richard was extremely emotionally supportive, made me feel safe and protected against the other party and most importantly made me feel validated. Richard is very hardworking and extremely thorough. Every process was explained to me with clarity and he would always make sure I understoond and on the same page. He is very knowledgeable which also gave me more conifdence in the case. My life has changed for the better after my experience and I will never forget!
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Posted by Kristen | September 15, 2022
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Would highly recommend to anyone I know
Rick represented me and former colleagues in a complex employment case that was drawn out over an extended period of time. We had a wonderful team of amazing attorneys, but throughout the proceedings Rick was our go-to person for calm, thoughtful, solid insight into the matters at hand. He was always exceedingly professional, an excellent communicator, and committed to the case (as well as us as individual clients). He provided a realistic perspective and assurance when we needed it and stuck by our side for the many years that it took to resolve the case. Because of the longevity of the relationship we went been through many highs and lows, and I appreciated his consistency to the end. I cannot recommend Rick highly enough, and would hire him again in an instant if I needed representation.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shishido Taren Goldsworthy, PLLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Principal
  • The Blankenship Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Blankenship Law Firm, PS
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Judicial Clerk to Justice Tom Chambers
  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • 2008 - 2010
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts - International Studies
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Romney and Bauer v. Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) et al.
  • After a four-week arbitration hearing, the arbitrator awarded $8.78 million for two doctors who were wrongfully terminated for whistleblowing and reporting patient harm (with Scott Blankenship)..
  • EEOC and Flores v. Koelsch et al.
  • $450,000 public settlement against senior care community for violations of Title VII and the Washington Law Against Discrimination.


  • Washington State Association of Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2024 - Present
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • e-Discovery: Beyond Files and Folders
  • Case Examples in Preservation, Spoliation, and Sanctions
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Employment and labor Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is without hesitation that I would recommend Rick as legal counsel. As a former colleague, I had the pleasure of working closely with Rick on many employment cases, and I continue to pick his brain when hard legal questions arise. In addition to being incredibly smart and hardworking, Rick has all the qualities needed in complex litigation – he is a strategic and creative thinker, great problem solver, exceptional legal writer, and has a calm, confident judicial demeanor. Rick is a strong advocate; he is passionate about the work and dedicated to getting the best results for his clients. I would unequivocally trust Rick with handling any employment matters."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rick is the rare combination of gifted intellectual, aggressive advocate, and compassionate listener. He is practical, informed and realistic, but has achieved incredible results for his clients. A true expert in employment law. You want him on your team and in your corner."
Employment and labor

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Seattle Wrongful termination Lawyer Richard Goldsworthy
Richard Goldsworthy
Wrongful termination Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 15 years