Vermont Personal Injury Lawyers
Burlington Vermont Personal Injury Specialists

Richard R. Goldsborough

Strength When you Need it Most


Richard R. Goldsborough

Full Bio

Mr. Goldsborough concentrates his practice in trial work in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, workers' compensation, family law, and professional license/disciplinary cases. He handles uninsured motorist claims, insurance bad faith, and appellate work before the Vermont Supreme Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Goldsborough was appointed by the Vermont Supreme Court to Vermont’s Judicial Conduct Board in 2009 and is the past Vice Chairman of the Board.

In his personal injury practice, Mr. Goldsborough has recently pursued damage claims on behalf of clients suffering mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) and represented a client injured in an auto accident who had developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a painful and lifelong neurological disorder. This matter resolved with a 1.63 million dollar uninsured arbitration verdict.*

Mr. Goldsborough has settled and pursued product liability lawsuits brought on behalf of catastrophically injured clients against General Motors Corporation.  In one, he brought a claim on the lack of crashworthiness of the "A" pillar of the GM vehicle which caused the paralysis. The settlement terms are confidential at the Defendant's insistence.

In another, Mr. Goldsborough settled a product liability lawsuit brought on behalf of a client rendered paralyzed due to the lack of a lap shoulder harness being provided in the rear seat of the General Motors vehicle. The terms of settlement are confidential at the Defendant's insistence.

Recently, Mr. Goldsborough brought a sexual harassment claim against a municipality that resulted in a $100,000 settlement on behalf of his client.*

Mr. Goldsborough handles disciplinary cases involving professional licenses. In a noteworthy case he defended a dentist accused of narcotics trafficking by the FBI and whose professional license was subjected to disciplinary action by the State of Vermont.  At the conclusion of the administrative case, which restored the professional license, no criminal charges were brought.

Mr. Goldsborough's criminal law practice includes defending clients in U.S. District Court and courts throughout the State of Vermont involving white collar crime, narcotics trafficking, immigration offenses, firearm violations, and driving while intoxicated arrests.

Mr. Goldsborough's practice also includes handling difficult divorce cases and substantial workers’ compensation claims.

Mr. Goldsborough's prior professional associations include:  Associate, Downs Rachlin & Martin (1989-1992); Associate, Jarvis & Kaplan (1992-1997); Partner, Perry, Schmucker & Goldsborough (1997-2006).

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Family Law
  • Professional License/Disciplinary Cases
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Insurance Bad Faith

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Vermont, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 1989


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • M.S - 1984
  • University Of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Vermont’s Judicial Conduct Board , Past Vice Chair
  • Chittenden County and Vermont Bar Associations
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Director, Connor Turnbaugh Foundation
  • Past Director, Green Mountain Prevention Project
  • Vermont Association For Justice
  • Vermont Bar, 1989
  • United States District Court for the District of Vermont, 1989

Past Employment Positions

  • Perry Schmucker & Goldsborough, Partner, 1999 - 2006
  • Jarvis & Kaplan, Associate, 1992 - 1999
  • Downs Rachlin & Martin, Associate, 1989 - 1992

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judicial Conduct Board, 2009 - Present


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