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Dara J. Goldsmith
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Las Vegas, NV





Dara Goldsmith was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of 16, Dara started college at California State University Northridge and at age 20 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Finance. While at Northridge, Dara pledged Alpha Phi. She was very involved in on campus activities and was honored to be selected the University's 25th Homecoming Queen. After graduating from Northridge, Dara attended law school at Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine, Dara became interested in furthering her education in taxation. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine, Dara took the California bar examination and thereafter moved across the country to attend the University of Miami where she earned her Masters in Tax Law (LL.M.) While attending the U, Dara took and passed the Arizona bar examination.

After graduating from the University of Miami, Dara moved to Las Vegas to take the Nevada Bar Exam, her third bar examination. Dara began her legal career in Las Vegas in 1991 practicing law with a prominent law firm before joining forces with Marjorie Guymon to establish Goldsmith & Guymon in 1996. In 2002, Dara successfully passed the Hawaii bar examination.

Dara has always believed in giving back to the community. As a new lawyer, she got involved with the Clark County Bar Association where she chaired the Trial By Peers program for a number of years before being elected to the Executive board where she ultimately served as President of the Clark County Bar Association in 2000. Dara served on the Nevada Community Foundation from 1996 to 2008 and was the Chairperson for three years. During that period, Dara was elected by her peers to serve on the State Bar of Nevada's Board of Governors from 2001-2009. After completing 8 years on the Board of Governors, Dara was appointed to serve on the Nevada Law Foundation/Justice League of Nevada where she is currently serving as Chairperson.

Dara was awarded the Lloyd D. George Award of Professionalism in 2007 presented by the Clark County Bar Association and State Bar of Nevada, an honor that she is very proud of receiving. Additionally she holds an AV Preeminent rating which is the highest rating as voted by her Peers and recognized through Martindale Hubbell.

When Dara is not busy with her legal and community service pursuits, she may be found in the swimming pool. Dara is a competitive swimmer on Las Vegas Masters Swim Team and competes in swim meets throughout the country. She has also completed more than 12 half marathons, numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and her first half Ironman Triathlon, California Ironman in 2013. Since then she has competed in two others and had completed her first marathon in 2015.

Dara is married to Michael Goldsmith. They have two teenage sons with whom they enjoy traveling to exotic places and participating in family adventures, like running races, open water swimming, and hiking to wonderful destinations like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru and the Top of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Taxation
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Guardianships
  • Trust/Estate Administration
  • Trust/Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • Nevada, 1991
  • Arizona, 1991
  • Hawaii, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1991


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • LL.M. Tax, Master of Law(s), Curriculum-1991, Thesis-1994
    • Major: Taxation
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 1990
  • California State University, Northridge
    • B.A. - 1987

Representative Cases

  • Tiffany Trust, 177 P.3d 1060 (Nev. 2008)

Honors and Awards

  • State Bar of Nevada President's Award
  • AV Rated, Preeminent
  • Recipient, 2014-Medal of Justice Award, State Bar of Nevada
  • Recipients, 2011 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • Recipient, Lloyd D. George Professionalism Award, State Bar of Nevada and the Clark County Bar Association
  • Recipient, Nevada Women of Distinction Award in the area of Philanthropy
  • Recipient, Nevada's Top 40 under 40 In Business
  • Recipient, Mountain States Top Attorneys

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of Hawaii, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Nevada Law Foundation/Justice League , Board of Trustees , 2010 to Present
  • State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors, Member, 2001 to 2009
  • Nevada Community Foundation, Board of Directors, 1998
  • Nevada Community Foundation, Chairperson, 2003 to 2005
  • Nevada Community Foundation, Board of Directors, 2003 to 2005
  • Clark County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1993 to 2000
  • Clark County Bar Association, President, 2000 to 2000
  • Clark County Law Foundation, President, 2000 to 2001
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Real Property and Probate and Tax Law Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association, Real Property and Probate and Tax Law Sections, Member
  • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, Member
  • National Association Elder Law Attorneys, Member


  • Spanish


  • Alpha Phi