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The Honorable Ernest H. Goldsmith

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. Ernest H. Goldsmith (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. He was appointed by former governor Pete Wilson on December 3, 1996, filling a vacancy created by the elevation of the Hon. Barbara J.R. Jones. Goldsmith retired on April 14, 2016, having spent most of his judicial career presiding over law & motion, California Environmental Quality Act, asbestos, and civil cases.

Goldsmith attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. and an M.A. in political science. He then received an LL.B. from Stanford University Law School in 1965.

Goldsmith began his legal career in the Office of the District Attorney of San Francisco County. He served as an assistant district attorney for five years, eventually leaving the public sector to work in private practice.

He joined Riordan and Goldsmith in 1974, where he handled employment class action and commercial cases. Then, in 1976, he started his own firm, the Law Offices of Ernest Goldsmith. As a solo practitioner, Goldsmith specialized in commercial litigation and non-profit organization law, representing non-profit corporations, foundations, hospitals, and healthcare organizations.

Goldsmith was named Trial Judge of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association in 2005.

Education

LL.B. from Stanford University Law School (1965)

M.A. from University of California, Berkeley (1961) (Political Science)

B.A. from University of California, Berkeley (1957) (Political Science)

Career

Judge at Superior Court of California in San Francisco County, California (1996 to 2016)

Sole Practitioner at Law Offices of Ernest Goldsmith (1976 to 1996)

Attorney at Riordan & Goldsmith (1974 to 1976)

Assistant District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in San Francisco County, California (1967 to 1973)

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