Battle-tested Criminal Defense attorney determined to help deliver the results you need
39 years, 2,000 cases
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Adjunct Professor||Seattle University Law School||2000 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Robert Goldsmith||1990 - Present|
|Attorney & training coordinator||The Public Defender Association||1982 - 1990|
|Attorney||Citizens for a Better Environment||1978 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1991 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Chair of CLE Committee||1987 - Present|
|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|
|See all legal cases|
|Washington Criminal Defense||“A Radical Experiment.”||2009|
|Washington State Bar News, Vol. 49, No. 9||"Conflicts: A True Love/Hate Story"||1993|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||English, Philosphy & History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|Energize Your Felony Defense||Sentencing: The Agony & the Ecstasy||2010|
|High Profile Cases||Defending High Profile Aggravated Murder||2008|
Posted by Naziyr
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
Posted by Abby
I was being represented by another lawyer in Bob's office who died suddenly a few months before we were to go to trial. Bob took over the case and represented me. He was able to sort though the other attorney's papers and get up to speed quickly. Our case had multiple defendants each with their own lawyer. The other lawyers had limited trial experience. Bob took the lead and guided our group.
I was a challenging client with very unconventional ideas and also very emotional and Bob was able to work with me. Our group decided to try a risky defense - necessity. Bob let us know the risks (about a 5% chance or less of getting it - due to our circumstances). Against his advice - we went for it. His brief that he submitted to the court were very well written and persuasive and we got the chance to go to trial using this defense.
Our trial was a week long. When I took the stand I was an emotional mess. I couldn't think - I was having a panic attack. Bob was able to request and unscheduled recess and calmed me down (a very difficult thin to do at that time). He got me back on the stand and was able to get me to focused enough to answer the questions.
After the entire case was presented, the judge made a ruling in which instructions that were given to the jury were somewhat limiting ( the risk of the necessity defense coming onto play). Bob had to rewrite his closing argument over lunch - in very short time. Nevertheless his closing argument was brilliant! We were pleased with the outcome and after the trial when we spoke to the jurors they admitted that they would have acquitted us on all counts had they been allowed to consider all of the expert witnesses that we called.
In summary, Bob's experience was crucial and showed up in many ways. He understands the needs of the court and is able to convey the facts clearly and simply. He is a great writer, compassionate, organized, patient and incredibly smart. If you hire Bob Goldsmith to represent you - you are lucky to have him in your corner.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Goldsmith was offered to me as a public defender. I was very skeptical as I didn't know how well public defenders defended "a criminal" But all that doubt went away when I met Mr. Goldsmith. He was so helpful and always gave advice to that was always best for me, Whether it be something I want to hear or not. Mr. Goldsmith helped me to the best of his ability. He had to do a lot of researching and round abouts since I was being faced with a felony, but not a citizen. Mr. Goldsmith successfully stopped any talks of deportation! After my case was over and put behind us for almost 6 years more issues came about with my restitution. Not knowing where to turn I gave giving Mr. Goldsmith a call to see if he could help. With no hesitation, he helped me and try to resolve the issue, even after six years!!!! I will say I was assigned a very helpful, knowledgeable and strong lawyer! Thank you again for all of your efforts, even after 8 years I am forever grateful!
Thomas Coe, DUI and DWI Attorney
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!
Bridge Joyce, Criminal defense Attorney
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.
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