Gersham Goldstein

Retired Partner
Portland, OR

About Gersham


We are sad to report the passing of former Stoel Rives’ partner Gersham Goldstein at the age of 81.

Gersham was born in Brooklyn, New York, and first moved out west in 1963 to take a job with the Oregon Tax Court. He later returned to NYU and then the University of Cincinnati where he taught tax law. Gersham and his wife, Pauline, moved back to her home state of Oregon in 1977, when he joined Stoel Rives, then known as Davies, Biggs, Strayer, Stoel and Boley. He continued practicing at Stoel for the rest of his career, until he retired at the end of 2008.

In addition to being highly regarded for his intellect and tax expertise, Gersham was an institution in the Portland legal community. He was a friend and mentor to many attorneys and judges and most notably maintained a decades long friendship with Judge Alfred T. Goodwin. Gersham helped establish the Pioneer Courthouse Historical Society, was a long-serving board member of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society and was active in the Jewish community.

Those who knew Gersham have described him as generous, warm, brilliant, witty and kind. As a Stoel Rives partner put it, “he was one of the great partners and great human beings of that generation.”

May his memory be a blessing.

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Honors & Activities

  • Member, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Fellow and Ninth Circuit Regent, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Member, Tax Section, (former member, Council; former chair, Committee on the Standards of Tax Practice; former vice chair and editor-in-chief of volumes 52 and 53 of The Tax Lawyer, Publications Committee), American Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • President, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (2002-2004)
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