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Robert W. Goldsmith

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.8   32 reviews

also known as Bob

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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About Robert

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  1. Criminal defense
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    A public defender for 9 years I have tried over 140 jury trials in state, city and federal courts. I have won murder, assault, drug & DUI trials in state, local and federal courts as well as motions to suppress, resulting in dismissals..

    46 years, 2,000 cases

41 years as a lawyer with 38 years in Seattle, primarily in criminal defense at all levels--local, state and federal. I have won acquittals in a murder first degree 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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Location

Law Offices of Robert Goldsmith
705 2nd Ave Ste 1300
Seattle, WA, 98104-1797

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Posted by Greg | March 19, 2021
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Excellent Negotiation Skills
Bob Goldsmith represented me in two difficult criminal felony cases at the same time. His abilities and experience representing me in these cases with both a City of Seattle prosecutor and King County prosecutor saved me an enormous amount of penalties. One case will be taken off my record and the other greatly reduced so I will not have jail time or unreasonable fines. During an extremely difficult time for me personally, his negotiation skills and his in depth knowledge of felony law and years of experience resulted in me being treated fairly and justly. This saved me much time and money. He protected me from myself and gave me the confidence to trust everything he recommended. I would automatically ask Bob to represent me again if needed, and highly recommend him.
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Posted by Ken | December 12, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Bob did a great job for me and he charged a fair fee. I’m very glad I hired him. Additionally, based on my observations, he is very well respected by his peers and everyone I observed him interacting with on the court.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2020
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Highly Competent and Keeps the Bill to a Minimum
If you are looking for a criminal attorney, you don't need to look any further. Bob Goldsmith knows what he is doing, gets the job done and keeps the bill to a minimum. All you need to do is be honest, trust him and follow his advice. I was charged with a crime that I did not do. He got the charges dismissed in 4 months without a trial and even refunded a significant portion of the retainer. I certainly hope I never need a criminal attorney again, but if I do, I would definitely use Bob Goldsmith.
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Posted by Andrea | December 9, 2019
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There for us every step of the way
We hired Bob when our son experienced a complicated, terrible situation. Bob was with us every step of the way - helping my son understand options, work through solutions, and ultimately a dismissal of all charges after two years. We had originally hired him for a less serious situation and when this crisis came up he was by my son's side in court within a few hours notice. We will be forever grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2019
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Great job at a great price
I hired Bob after getting an assault charge and being referred to him from a public defender that was one of his previous students. He is very nice and explained what I needed to to. He got my case dismissed. He was very reasonably priced as well. The case didnt take too long so he sent me back a portion of my retainer. I hope I never need an Criminal defense attorney again but if I did I would hire Mr. Goldsmith
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Posted by Andrew | July 16, 2019
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Measured, But Ready For Trial, Discreet
Bob was able to work out an excellent solution to my problem because Bob has earned his opponents’ respect as an effective litigator over many years. Prosecutors are willing to work with him when he proposes a reasonable outcome because they know he can win at trial, and also because he can work through really tough criminal law situations with amazingly good humor. In my case, Bob met the prosecutors with just the right combination of upbeat friendliness and backbone to persuade them that ruining my career would have taken the matter too far. That’s how Bob saved my career. And throughout my ordeal, I have never had any indication that Bob ever mentioned my case to anyone outside of the attorneys and judge who were directly involved. Superb job, truly professional.
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Posted by Danny | July 15, 2019
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Excellent, Honest and Witty
He was the best lawyer I could have ever imagined. Was fair, hilarious and showed a personal side that many lawyers tend to lack. He got my DUI dropped to a Neg driving and even gave me $1500 back on a $2500, showing the utmost honest and integrity in fairly charging me for the hours he worked on my case. I would recommend him to everybody, for everything under every circumstance.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2019
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Bob is an Amazing Lawyer who listens and gets results
I want to thank Bob for all the services he has provided for me over the past 3 years. I found myself in a really terrible situation with the law and being a first time offender, i felt my life was pretty much over. Bob represented me and was able to work get me a deal that did not going to jail. So i was able to keep my job, family and sanity. He is always responsive, attentive and tells you what to expect. He's well known to the judges, prosecutors and highly respected. I definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by Mike | May 5, 2019
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Experienced and Capable
Getting arrested isn't something that seemed possible until it happened. 30 hours after finding myself in jail, the public defender tasked with my case wrote "Robert Goldsmith" and a phone number on a piece of paper, and told me to call it once released. After working with Bob, I see why the defender described him as perhaps the most competent defense attorney in private practice around Seattle. Mr. Goldsmith comes across knowledgeable and competent, but his confidence in court reveals his deep experience. I feared my case would become professionally humiliating and legally problematic, but Bob Goldsmith helped contain a personally difficult experience to just that.
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Posted by Jon | March 9, 2019
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Bob saved my life
I was arrested with an extremely embarrassing charge. I initially hired a different lawyer to represent me, but was ultimately extremely disappointed with their service. After trusting my gut and not settling for what could have been a horrible outcome, I contacted Bob. I called his office on a weekend and left a voicemail explaining my situation. Bob called me back Monday morning and we discussed my case. I met with him a few days later and immediately felt like I had someone fighting for me. I trusted my gut and hired Bob to represent me. Bob immediately started working on a motion for my case. I appreciated the way he broke down the odds of all of the potential outcomes. "There's no guarantees in the law game," as Bob says. I was very anxious about what would happen next, but Bob was steady and confident the entire time. When we were in court, I witnessed what others have echoed, Bob is focused, and respected. I was glad he was in my corner and not the other way around. In the end Bob was able to do what my prior lawyer wasn't and my case was dismissed. Thanks again, Bob.
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Posted by Danny | December 22, 2018
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Helped me through an immensely difficult time
Don't expect Bob to sugar coat things. Right from the get go, he told me my charge (felony) was serious, and he was right. He definitely explains all the possible outcomes, including the ones you don't want to hear, but after it was all said and done, this is what I needed. The main thing I appreciated is that Bob helped me through the nerve wracking experiences in court by keeping me at ease. He is an experienced trial lawyer with a lot of time put in the various courtrooms of this area, and that is apparent right off the bat. That's what you want - someone who is confident in what they're doing in your corner, when you are at your weakest, most stressed and most vulnerable. Bob also had a rapport with a lot of the judges, prosecutors and other courtroom figures that I encountered during the court proceedings for my case. Also, he has a good, but subtle sense of humor, which reminded me that my lawyer was a real person, and helped keep my anxiety down during the whole process. All in all, Bob even said himself that I possibly could've achieved the same outcome (no jail time ultimately) with a public defender, but I'm definitely glad he was representing my interests. He knows what he's doing and I didn't want to take any chances.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2018
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Amazing lawyer and person
Bob is a highly proffesional and educated lawyer. He is honest about what he thinks the outcome. He was very responsive and easy to get touch with throughout the proccess. He helped me alot and finally I got dissmissed on my case and avoid of no contact order. He saved my life thank you Bob.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2018
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Bob Goldsmith Representation
I was recently represented by Bob for a DUI, and was very pleased with the overall results and working with Bob through this difficult time. He was very responsive and easy to get in touch with throughout the process. He explained everything very clearly, and walked me through what would happen. I couldn't be happier with the way everything worked out, and will definitely send anyone that is in need of representation to Bob!
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Posted by CYMAN | February 13, 2018
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Masterful. Strategic. Knowledgeable. Experienced. Results.
Simply put...Results! Mr. Goldsmith took the initiative to thoroughly educate you in the process with a comforting demeanor to ease the stressful circumstances. Allowed a platform to speak freely in turn allowing full disclosure. Details are vital for any defense/prosecution. I would recommend Mr. Goldsmith without hesitation and he was highly referred to me by others. Although I don't plan on hiring Bob again, I do consider him a friend now. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2018
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Amazing Person and Lawyer
Bob represented me on the Bellevue prostitution sting operation. He made what was a terrible situation better with his guidance and advice. Bob is patient and was always available for my questions and to educate me on the legal process. He is a seasoned lawyer who had established good relationships with the prosecuting attorney as well as some of the judges. Bob was tough and when he is in action in the courtroom it was amazing to watch. I highly recommend Bob.
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Posted by Tiffany Jatta | November 30, 2017
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Highly intelligent lawyer
Bob is a highly professional and educated lawyer. He is an advocate for the accused and charged he is at all times protecting his client's interests and making sure the law works as it should. I could not be more impressed by Bob Goldsmith and highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by Kenneth | September 28, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney! Highly Recommended!!
Robert Golddmith is a true professional. Our first meeting, put me to ease and in what was difficult situation. He never promised me any particular results but he did promise me that he would work to the best of his abilities to provide me with the best possible outcome. He evaluated the facts of my case and did well for me. I confidently endorse Mr. Goldsmith to anyone who needs legal council. He is honest, respectful, and hard working. Thank you for your dedication and efforts in defending my case.
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Posted by Tyson Lowen | June 10, 2017
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Great Attorney!!
I was arrested in 2012 for federal fraud and Bob Goldsmith was my attorney. I was facing a good amount of prison time because of my criminal history and Bob took the time to work with DA office to get me a lesser sentence. He is a great Lawyer and person he definitely knows what he is doing. He stays on top of your case and always let's you know what's going on. Once I was released from prison I was put on 36 months of probation after only serving 18 months he filed my motion to terminate probation and it was granted. I can say that if I ever need a attorney I will call Bob Goldsmith!
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
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Honest, Hardworking, REAL
I was faced with a first time DUI after running my truck into a home and blowing a .218. So of course I had a number of fast talking attorneys wanting to charge me 10k to make false accusations about the local PD, the breathalyzer and the circumstances of my arrest. I wanted absolutely NO part of that! I was relieved when I spoke with Mr. Goldsmith and he listened to me, HEARD what I said, and spoke on my behalf to the courts. It worked out better than I ever could have imagined. It was reduced to reckless driving, I received zero jail time, only $100 court fee, and unsupervised probation. So, this would be your guy if you want someone to hear you and respect your wishes. Good luck!
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Posted by Naziyr | April 22, 2017
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Steele Sharpens Steele
Mr Goldsmith is a helluva lawyer. I was charged with 10 felonies in a very complex case in which the state was charging me with conspiracies and theft by deception, and Mr. Goldsmith joined Mr. Coe to help defend me. From the start Mr Goldsmith warned me what to expect and truly took the time to understand my perspective. That is often lost in the land of procedures and statutes. This man knows his law, he knows his procedures and he keeps it as real as it is. And the best thing overall is that he & Mr. Coe worked hard and beat each and every felony that I faced. I am grateful & I would recommend Mr Goldsmith to anyone in need of criminal defense
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Robert Goldsmith
  • 1990 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Seattle University Law School
  • 2000 - 2019
  • Attorney & training coordinator
  • The Public Defender Association
  • 1982 - 1990
  • Attorney
  • Citizens for a Better Environment
  • 1978 - 1981
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Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Seattle v. C.W.
  • Law criminalizing traffic tickets invalidated.
  • State v. K.L.
  • Motion: to suppress search, case dismissed.
  • State v. K.R.
  • ACQUITTAL OF MURDER ONE

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Chair of CLE Committee 1991-2004
  • 1987 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in 2010
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2000
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1997
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Publications

  • Washington Criminal Defense
  • “A Radical Experiment.”
  • 2009
  • Washington State Bar News, Vol. 49, No. 9
  • "Conflicts: A True Love/Hate Story"
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Organize Don't Agonize: How to Prepare a Criminal Defense
  • Search Warrants
  • 2018
  • THE CLIENT, THE DISCOVERY, THE INVESTIGATION AND THE NEGOTIATON
  • Negotiating a federal case
  • 2017
  • Energize Your Felony Defense
  • Sentencing: The Agony & the Ecstasy
  • 2010
  • High Profile Cases
  • Defending High Profile Aggravated Murder
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (4)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob gets my highest endorsement. I know Bob as a former professor of mine from law school and also from his sterling reputation and substantial achievements (such as winning a Federal jury trial this year). I’ve never heard a single negative thing about Bob and the best legal minds I know all speak so highly of him. As a professor, Bob was obviously brilliant but also his class was fun and truly prepared you for actual courtroom practice. There are only a handful of classes I wish I could take again now that I’m practicing law, and Bob’s Criminal Motions class is number one on the list. I refer people to Bob all the time as well. He’s sharp, experienced, ethical, and an ardent advocate. Doesn’t get any better than Bob."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob was trial counsel in a matter where our mutual client was found not guilty of all of the charged felonies. I was able to file a fantastic appeal on the remaining misdemeanor because of Bob's remarkable work. He is a client's lawyer who worked tirelessly to expose the weaknesses in the government's case and secure a victory for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Goldsmith for many reasons, all of which are what make a great defense lawyer. He is a smart, savvy and dedicated advocate. In addition to these attributes, Bob draws on vast experience to make him a true pro. We just won a difficult jury trial with the best part being his cross examination of a witness, which was truly courtroom excellence to behold!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob is as experienced as it gets, and I would highly recommend him. He's a tireless fighter, and has a thorough knowledge of criminal law. His court demeanor is both calm and confident, and that is a great benefit to clients facing the serious consequences of a criminal conviction. Working with him on a complex criminal case was both a fantastic learning experience and a lot of fun."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Bob is an amazing advocate. His tireless dedication to protecting the rights of the individual in criminal cases is inspiring. He is truly a man of vision. I have learned so much from Bob and I am truly fortunate to have benefited from his wisdom and experience as I forge my own path as an advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Goldsmith taught pre-trial advocacy at Seattle University and was the best law school teacher I've had. All of his students very much appreciate the knowledge he passed on and especially how he helped us developed our own in court presentations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without hesitation, I would recommend Bob to clients and friends in need of Federal and State criminal defense. He is compassionate, tough, respected, creative, intelligent. He is an exceptional attorney with a tremendous base of knowledge. "
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