Hon. Ernest H. Goldsmith (Ret.) has served as a neutral mediator and arbitrator at ADR Services, Inc. since April 2016. He has successfully mediated employment, real estate, toxic torts, personal injury, malpractice, probate, large consumer class action cases, multi-party construction defect cases, and insurance claims and bad faith. Judge Goldsmith also served as settlement judge in several hundred cases while on the bench.
Judge, San Francisco Superior Court 1996 – 2016
Judge Goldsmith served as a Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court for 20 years, with all but two of those years spent in civil assignments. He most recently sat in the civil Law and Motion Department, where he handled a busy motions calendar and decided many high-profile pre-trial motions, injunction requests and writs. He presided over a wide range of civil trials, including business and commercial, real estate, insurance coverage and bad faith, torts, employment and employment class actions, malpractice, consumer class actions, and probate matters, among others.
Judge Goldsmith served as the court’s CEQA judge, where he decided challenges to the California Clean Air Act of 2006 and the implementation of cap and trade. He decided some of the most significant environmental cases in California, including the Coastal Commission Malibu Lagoon Revision Project, the Department of Fish and Game Klamath River fishery environment case, the San Francisco Hunters Point development case, along with many other local development cases, and was trial judge in a significant one-year water pollution case.
Judge Goldsmith is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys and judges in California and nationally for the following groups:
He has lectured on a variety of topics, including trial practice, jury selection, developments in California law, discovery, electronic discovery, asbestos and toxic tort litigation, law and motion practice, expert witnesses, CEQA, environmental law, and expert evidence law.