Richard N. Goldsmith

Richard N. Goldsmith

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602.734.3839 fax
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mr. Goldsmith, a partner in the firm’s Business Section, practices primarily in the areas of lending, equipment leasing and sales, real estate, general contract drafting and alternative dispute resolution. He has extensive experience in Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, commercial and real estate lending and leasing, loan documentation and mediating commercial and other disputes. He has spoken on issues of lender liability, secured transactions, sales, and ethical issues in mediation.

While in law school, Mr. Goldsmith was editor-in-chief of the University of Arizona Law Review, and was elected to Order of the Coif.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Commercial Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association, Member
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees of the American Bar Association, Member
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Arizona Panel of Commercial Mediators and the Large, Member, Complex Case panel for the American Arbitration Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Phoenix Arts Commission, Past Chairman
  • Board of the Foundation for Blind Children, Honorary Life Board Member

Representative Matters

  • On behalf of a local sports entity, he negotiated and documented contracts including a concession agreement, performer agreements, bank loans, season ticket policies, and advertising and promotion agreements.
  • On behalf of a large international bank he negotiated and documented loans secured by collateral ranging from art and collector automobiles to shopping centers.
  • On behalf of an airline and also a large leasing company, he negotiated and documented aircraft lease and security agreements.
  • For two international manufacturers, he has worked “onsite” negotiating and documenting licensing and construction agreements and contracts for the purchase and sale of goods and services.
  • For large equipment leasing and sales companies, he has negotiated and documented equipment leases and purchase agreements.
  • Mediated and arbitrated complex commercial, real estate, partnership, health care and intellectual property disputes.

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59 attorneys earn recognition for providing more than 50 pro bono hours in 2016
Volunteer Lawyers Program honors Goldsmith for community service
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorney named "Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month"
83 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named in ‘Best Lawyers'
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Annual awards honor memory of lawyer dedicated to equal justice and professionalism


  • Speaker, "Significant Terms and Conditions," Triumph Group, Inc., March 2010


  • Co-Author, "Arizona Secured Transactions Under Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code," Data Trace Publishing Company, 2002 and annual updates


  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Mediation, 2011-2017, 2021
  • Distinguished Service Award - Arizona State Bar and Arizona Supreme Court - Volunteer Work in Lawyer Disciplinary Matters, 2017
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service
  • Arizona Business Magazine - 2012 "Top Lawyers in Banking" - Mediation Guide, 2012-2013

Other Info


J.D., University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1973
M.A., University of Chicago, 1969
B.A., Lawrence College, 1964

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1973

Court Admissions

Arizona Superior Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona