Richard L. Goldfarb
Seattle, WA
(206) 386-7639 Direct
(206) 386-7500 Fax


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Richard L. Goldfarb


Rick Goldfarb practices primarily in the commercial, banking, corporate and securities law areas. He is experienced in complex commercial transactions, including foreign and domestic sales; secured transactions for banks, other financial institutions and borrowers; and in essentially all aspects of the Uniform Commercial Code. Rick also serves as a general corporate counselor.

Rick served as law clerk to Justice Reuben Goodman, Massachusetts Appeals Court (1980-1981).

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected by Best Lawyers® as Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle, 2016 and Banking Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle, 2009
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law), 2007-2017
  • Fellow (inducted 2011), Board of Regents (2014), American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, Global Trade Practice Group, TerraLex
  • Chair, Secured Transactions Subcommittee, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Committee, American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • Member, American Bar Association (Alaska Native Law Section)
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association (UCC Committee; Business Law Section)
  • Member, Alaska Bar Association (Alaska Native Law Section)
  • Chairman emeritus, Lawyer Referral and Information Services Committee of the King County Bar Association
  • Former member, Neighborhood Legal Information and Referral Clinic Committee, King County Bar Association
  • Former member, Lawyer Referral Service of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association
  • Former member, Volunteer Lawyers Services Committee, King County Bar Association
  • Former member, Delivery of Legal Services Committee, King County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Former Vice President--Legal, Boys and Girls Clubs of King County
  • Member, Seattle Public Library City Librarian Search Committee
  • President, Friends of the Seattle Public Library, 1994-1996
  • Member, Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Western Washington
  • Member, American Civil Liberties Union


  • "POM Finds Class Decertification Ruling Wonderful," Law360, 2014
  • "The New Changes to UCC Article 9A," Business Law, Washington State Bar Association, 2013
  • "Homage to Draconia: Enforcement Lessons to Consider Before You Rely on Foreign Collateral," Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, 2012
  • "Banking in Washington," Doing Business in Washington, A Guide for Foreign Business and Investments, 2010
  • "The Food Labeling Provisions of the Health Bill: Preliminary Thoughts," The National Law Review, 2010
  • "Monetizing the 'Green' in Green Power: Renewable Energy Credits," Lex Helius - The Law of Solar Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2009
  • "Commercial Contracts," "When Bad Projects Happen to Good People," The Law of Biofuels: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2008
  • UCC Revised Article 9 Deskbook (co-editor and coauthor), Washington State Bar Association, 2003
  • "Why We Love the UCC" (coauthor), Washington State Bar Association, 1998
  • "Article 2A-Leases," Montana Commercial Law Handbook, 1996
  • "Article 2A-Leases," Washington Commercial Law Deskbook (2d ed.), 1995
  • "The New UCC Articles" (coauthor), Washington State Bar Association, 1995
  • "Developments in Leveraged Buyouts," Northwest Securities Institute, 1990
  • "Basic Commercial Forms," King County Bar Association, 1990
  • "Acquisitions Out of Bankruptcy," Washington State Bar Association, 1985


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980, cum laude
  • Harvard College, A.B., 1977, magna cum laude
    Member, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau


  • Washington
  • Alaska

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