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Aaron D Goforth

Litigation Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   22 reviews
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  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 18 years
    Washington - WA 25 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Aaron

Learn Aaron’s areas of practice.

AGGRESSIVE LITIGATION FOR BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS.

My practice includes all phases of commercial litigation in the state and federal courts of Washington and Idaho.  My primary areas of emphasis are the following: breach of contract; trade secrets; receiverships; business law; torts; employment disputes; non-solicitation and non-competition agreements; physician discipline; residential construction disputes; bankruptcy litigation; Consumer Protection Act; intellectual property; arbitrations; mediations; appeals in state, federal, and bankruptcy court; and general litigation.  I have earned an AV ("preeminent") rating from my peers through Martindale-Hubbell.  I have also been selected as a ‘Washington Rising Star’ by Washington Law & Politics, and as a "Top Lawyer" by Spokane Living Magazine for 2011 through the present.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2023 2012 2011

Location

Randall Danskin, P.S.
601 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 1500
Spokane, WA, 99201

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2011
Dedicated & Sharp Attorney
Aaron is a quick study and capable of handling complex litigation with relative ease. He has an excellent demeanor and a straight forward approach to complicated issues. He is able to quickly sort relevant from non-relevant information and capable of producing a lot of work product in very reasonable number of hours. I would have no hesitation in hiring Aaron for any business related matter.
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Posted by Miguel | September 22, 2013
Excellent attorney in Spokane
Mr. Goforth is an attorney in Spokane, Washington who has expertise with complex litigation. His preparation for cases is unmatched in my experience.
Posted by Brett | July 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Job
Aaron represented me in a contract dispute. It was resolved quickly and equitably. I highly recommend Aaron.
Posted by Evan | June 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney I’ve ever had
Title says it all and I 100% mean it. I had a problem with a client halfway across the country and had to find someone to help me with the matter. He was on the ball every step of the way and would check in by email or call me every step of the process. He was able to get me all the money I was owed plus legal fees. I wish I had Aaron in my state because I’d use him for everything. Can’t say enough good things about this man.
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Posted by Mary | February 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I ask my Sister to find a good one, and she did.
Aaron was initially picked by my sister. I asked her to do so because we not been getting anywhere with our former firm. The change for the better was immediate after my first phone call with him. Aaron was able to gain the assorted details of our LLC and apply his knowledge to guide us on decision making with direct information that gave us clear choices and knowledge of the outcomes. Very pleased. Thanks Sis!
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Posted by Chris | February 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Attorney
Mr. Aaron Goforth’s advice and representation has been invaluable. We sought his expertise on four separate matters/occasions. On the first matter, Mr. Goforth advised us to let an issue go, but we decided to pursue it anyway. It didn’t go anywhere, but with the added stress it caused us we should have taken his advice. On the second matter, we were sued over a frivolous issue by an attorney we complained about to the state bar. Instead of taking our business and asking for a retainer, Mr. Goforth recommended we tender the lawsuit to our insurer, if we had an umbrella policy. We did have coverage, and our insurance company retained an attorney on our behalf and at no cost to us. The agitated attorney dropped his vengeful lawsuit after he realized we were not going to defend ourselves pro se. It was a miscalculated assumption on his part regarding how we handled the first matter. Now realizing the plaintiff and his partner were going to have to do some real and fruitless work against a peer attorney, they walked away. We settled; with prejudice. Thank You Aaron. The third matter was in defense of a lawsuit by our neighbors. Mr. Goforth successfully helped to resolve the issues in mediation. In the fourth matter, those same neighbors failed to comply with their responsibility of the previous mediation agreement. Mr. Goforth assisted us in suing them and establishing our rights to our real property. The Judge found our neighbors had acted “frivolously and in a harassing nature” by dragging the issue out, causing us to pay more attorney fees, not complying with and not producing proof they stated they had, from that same previous mediation. Not only did the judge rule in our favor, but he also awarded us our attorneys’ fees. The decision of the judge was all thanks to Mr. Goforth’s anticipation of these exact events during the previous mediation, resulting in added verbiage to the mediation agreement. No attorneys that we have engaged with in the past had exhibited that much effort into the intricacies of our cases. What pleased us the most is these issues, that ended triumphantly, are not even Mr. Goforth’s primary forte. His services were, in part, offered to us purely out of professional courtesy, as a previous colleague had left the firm at that time and could no longer assist us. The few attorneys we have retained in the past now appear unseasoned in comparison to Mr. Goforth’s expertise. I know who we will contact if we require any business-related issues in the future. Mr. Goforth treated us with utmost respect. We are eternally grateful for his insight, intelligence, guidance and experience.
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Posted by Fraser | February 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Aaron assisted me in a complicated legal . His ability to analyze and quantify the central issues of my case and subsequently articulate the points to the Judge resulted in a successful summary judgement in my favor. He quickly analyzed and developed a strategy in my case that was instrumental in managing both my budget and expectations. I feel fortunate to have had him represent me and very much appreciated how responsive he was to my calls during business hours and after business hours. He is a very good attorney and person.I highly recommend him.”
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Posted by Stephanie | October 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Spokane!
Aaron took care of my purchase and sales agreement that went sideways, he quickly identified the seller was in breech of contract and took action the same day, ultimately saving my business from being sabotaged by a person who was ultimately trying to scam me. He was also a great resource for another attorney who helped me with another suit. I would highly recommend him for all your business needs, he is knowledgeable and quick to respond! I will keep him forever in my back pocket. Extremely trustworthy and kind/understanding attorney!!! I would give 100 stars if i could. Thank you Aaron from my staff and family for saving my business!!!
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Posted by Iris | April 7, 2020
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Client
Mr. Goforth was able to assist me in collecting on a contract against a company that was going out of business. I highly recommend Mr. Goforth.” Thank you!
Posted by Ryan | December 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely good attorney
I have had a very positive experience with this law firm, particularly Aaron Goforth. He listens intently to your concern, does not judge, and is very assertive on your behalf. I immediately felt relief, and the results Aaron has gotten for me have been outstanding. Aaron will fight hard for you, while being very professional. I highly recommend Aaron without any hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Got our money!
Very nice dealing with Aaron. We were able to get payment from a customer without going to court. He gets right to work and saved us from the frustration of dealing with this customer. We would use Aaron again.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Aaron provided excellent representation. He made himself available when we needed him and presented clear options so that we could make informed decisions. He helped us to make rational decisions in a situation where emotions could have easily gotten out of hand and led to a lengthy litigation. Aaron thinks well on his feet and always professional. There is no doubt that I would hire him again.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client Orientated Attorney
When it comes to Business/Contract Disputes, Aaron has all the qualities of a great attorney. He's fair, reasonable, and intelligent. It is also important to note that Aaron will put in the effort when opposing counsel does not, handle the opposing sides' lunacy (if applicable) with respect, and his focus remains on the best end result. I was continuously impressed with his ability to navigate through issues that had strong emotions attached on both sides without impacting his loyalty to his client. I am very appreciative that we had Aaron representing us and I will continue to utilize him in any future Contract/Business disputes.
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Posted by Joan | July 16, 2013
Aaron Goforth and his associates provide excellent service
Mr. Goforth and his team took my rather complicated property settlement case and completed it quickly. I was kept informed and felt very well represented by Mr. Goforth's firm. My property was sold quickly and I felt like he represented me and my concerns extremely well. Also, he sought ways to make my legal fees reasonable. From the beginning, I felt reassured that he was on top of my case and would stay on it to completion, despite the fact that I was out of state. The team of people that he chose to work on my case were efficient and helpful. My family lawyer found Mr. Goforth and highly recommended him. Although I have never met Mr. Goforth (only communicating by email and telephone) I knew he was taking care of EVERYTHING. i HIGHLY RECOMMEND him and will use him again if I need him. I did not spend any sleepless nights worrying about what was happening. That is worth alot.
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Posted by Philip | June 18, 2013
Excellent Service
I worked with Mr Goforth on two occasions. he was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and very effective.
Posted by Bruce | April 29, 2011
Highly recommended
Aaron has consulted for me on several legal questions and has been wonderful to work with
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2011
Very Professional
Aaron did a great job being both professional and a good communicator while assisting me with joining a partnership in my business. I feel valued as a client and highly recommend his service to anyone.
Posted by Sheryl | April 6, 2011
Homeowners Association President
I found Aaron to be very knowledgeable of the subject matter. He has great communication skills, and was able to successfully manage our time and financial resources. He was understanding, and responsive to our case resolution.
Posted by Ben | April 5, 2011
Excellent
Aaron Goforth has been a tremendous help over the years. Having dealt with lawyers in the past, Aaron has changed their stereotype into someone you can actually trust. I would highly recommend Mr. Goforth for any and all corporate dealings.
Posted by Thomas | April 5, 2011
Jefferson 400 Professional Center
Mr. Goforth has proven to be a very intelligent, qualified and relable attorney. He is current with the laws. Answers all calls or emails if able or return calls promptly. He is very open to all your concerns and issues. He personally cares about you and your case. His attention to detail and his very thorough follow through has brought a level of complete comfort for me personally and my organization.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 335-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Randall Danskin, P.S.
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner
  • Davidson Backman Medeiros, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2023
  • Managing Partner
  • Reed & Giesa, PS
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Reed & Giesa, P.S.
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Reed & Giesa, P.S.
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Clerk
  • Judge Neal Q. Reilly
  • 1996 - 1996
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Education

  • William & Mary Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Eastern Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Washington State Division III Court of Appeals
  • We prevailed on behalf of our client and were awarded attorneys' fees based upon the frivolous nature of the appeal.
  • Washington State Supreme Court Case No. 90166-0
  • Obtained denial of Petition for Review and obtained an additional award of attorneys' fees for my client.
  • Washington State Division III Court of Appeals Case No. 314162 (2013)
  • Obtained dismissal of the appeal as frivolous and obtained an award of attorneys' fees and costs for my client.
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Associations

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2019
  • Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2019
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2005
  • William & Mary Law School Judicial Counsel
  • Associate Justice
  • 1996 - 1998
  • William & Mary Student Legal Services
  • Member
  • 1995 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2013
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (14)
Endorse Aaron
Litigation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Aaron. I’ve seen his work in cases where I have represented other parties. Aaron provides excellent representation to his clients. He is well prepared, argues his clients position effectively and backs up his argument with well written pleadings."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Aaron on several occasions--both as opposing counsel and behalf of co-defendants. He exhibits a high degree of professionalism and advocacy on behalf of his clients. I would, and have, recommended him to individuals/entities in need of legal representation."
Litigation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Aaron was opposing counsel in a real estate receivership case. It became immediately apparent that Aaron is extremely knowledgeable in a broad array of subjects, and that he is a diligent and highly effective attorney who advocates tirelessly on behalf of his clients. I would not hesitate to hire Aaron if I were involved in complex litigation - I can't endorse him highly enough."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aaron has provided outstanding represention to me in a complex, lengthy and litigious receivership case that has required careful analysis and tenacity. Aaron is a lawyer's lawyer, and a credit to his firm and his profession. I would highly recommend Aaron to his colleagues and potential clients as an exceptional advocate, with the skill and persistence needed to provide outstanding representation in commercial litigation. Barry W. Davidson"
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Goforth is a highly qualified and experienced lawyer. I highly recommend Aaron to anyone in need of a commercial litigator."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I fully endorse Aaron as an attorney. Having worked with Aaron for close to six years, I have witnessed first hand his knowledge and skill as a litigator. He is detail-oriented, bright, and professional. Aaron consistently produces excellent written work and provides zealous oral advocacy for his clients. As a colleague, Aaron has been a great mentor and teacher. He always treats clients, oppositing counsel, and colleagues with the utmost respect."
Credit card fraud Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Goforth is great on his feet and not stuck to a script as the courtroom is not a static environment. He has always kept his word each and every time he has made a promise. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him and I would even trust him to assist my closest friends. He has both book and street smarts."
Guardianship Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Aaron has been a very effective advocate in a complex guardianship matter involving real estate and business assets. He is a clear communicator and has acted professionally in all respects."
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