Law Offices of Peter F. Goldscheider

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Attorney Biography, Peter F. Goldscheider

Position: Sole Practitioner in private practice in Palo Alto since 1978

Born Trenton, New Jersey, June 17, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court. State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist since 1981


  • University of Rochester (A.B., cum laude, 1969); Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Stanford University (J.D. 1972).
    Certified Specialist in Criminal Law since 1981 as inducted by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


Former chair of various Bar committees including the Client Relations Committee of the San Mateo Bar Association and currently on the Board of Directors for a fourth term

  • 2018 President of the San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association

    • former Trustee
  • Palo Alto Bar Association;
  • State Bar of California;
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice;
  • California Public Defenders Association.

Named a SuperLawyer of Northern California every year since 2007 by Law and Politics Magazine and San Francisco Magazine.

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Why Hire?


  1. He's honest and direct. These are very good things to have. The vast majority of attorneys will promise anything you want to hear, not do any investigation on the case and allow you to go to jail while their bank account fills. Peter is a righteous man – if your case is not good, he will honestly give you your best options. If your case is winnable, he is your best advocate. Judges know and respect him. Prosecutors become uneasy with him, as he is truly a lion in the courtroom. His filings are detailed, loaded with current and applicable citations.
  2. He hates to lose. He will demand that you do your homework and come your memory for details that will help the case. He will make you work and will challenge statements that cannot be proven. He will insist that you double check your recollections so that everything he files or says in court in consistent and strong. His reputation is on the line with every case.
  3. He is detailed. He will remember details that you forgot yourself. He will reassemble details so that the come together in a cohesive presentation.
  4. If you are stuck, he will use every legal mechanism to get you out of the jam.
  5. I recommend him highly (certainly higher than other attorneys I have worked with). 6 stars (and Martindale AV rated).

– Nick L.
San Bruno, CA

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AV Rated

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Law Offices of
Peter F. Goldscheider

333 Bradford Street Suite 170
Redwood City, California 94063
Phone: 650-323-8296
Fax: 650-529-9266

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