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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%
    38 years, 2 thousand cases



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

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Bridge Charles Joyce

    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.


    Bridge Joyce Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mary Joyce McCallum

    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.


    Mary McCallum Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Robert Goldsmith

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


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