James T. Goldsmith has been a Chief of Trials with the Berks County District Attorney's Office since 2007. He currently is responsible for supervising two criminal courtroom trial teams and the summary appeals unit. In addition to his supervisory responsibilities, Mr. Goldsmith personally prosecutes his own caseload of major felonies.
During his tenure, he has successfully prosecuted to conviction five first-degree murder cases. Mr. Goldsmith is specifically designated by District Attorney Adams to oversee investigations involving consensual and non-consensual wiretap interceptions. He is an instructor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the Reading Police Academy. He regularly assists local police departments in homicide investigations and other major felonies.
Mr. Goldsmith joined the District Attorney's Office on January 30, 2002. Prior to being promoted to the position of Chief of Trials, he served as an assistant district attorney in multiple adult felony courtrooms, the DUI courtroom, and the juvenile unit. During this time, he served as lead prosecutor in over 70 jury trials, prosecuting such crimes as murder, vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, rape, robbery and felony drug offenses.
Mr. Goldsmith was born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is a 1992 graduate of Easton Area High School. In 1996, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1999, he received his law degree from Villanova University. While at Villanova, he interned in the legal departments of multiple state administrative agencies in Harrisburg, including the Department of Corrections. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, he worked in private practive in Philadelphia.