Jan Goldsmith has been an attorney since 1976 specializing in business litigation. He was appointed San Diego Superior Court Judge in 1998 and retired in December of 2008 to assume the office of San Diego City Attorney. Mr. Goldsmith spent his first 6 years on the Bench handling criminal and civil trials and his final years assigned to an independent civil calendar.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Goldsmith served three terms in the California State Assembly representing the Northern San Diego City District stretching from Mira Mesa to the Escondido border. During his career in the Assembly, he held various leadership positions including Majority Floor Leader, Member of Rules Committee, Chairman of the Banking and Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of Judiciary. Jan has taught as Adjunct Professor of Law at three San Diego law schools on subjects including municipal government law and prosecution of political crimes. He also served as Mayor of Poway.
Mr. Goldsmith graduated magna cum laude from University of San Diego in 1976. He is married to Christine, and they have raised three children, now ages 28, 25 and 20.