J. Robert Goldsmith, Jr. (Bob) is a founding and managing partner of Goldsmith & Bogisch. He grew up in an oil industry family in Williston, North Dakota and Tyler, Texas. Bob majored in the Plan II Honors program at the University of Texas and earned a B.A. degree in 1973. After graduating, he began working as an independent petroleum landman on projects in Missouri and East and Central Texas and continued to work as a landman on a part time basis after being admitted to law school. In 1976, Bob graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors.
After graduation from law school, Bob worked in Midland learning oil and gas law with a leading West Texas law firm. In 1980, Bob was involved in the founding of a branch office in Austin, Texas that grew to over a dozen attorneys. In 1982, Bob passed the Louisiana bar exam and expanded his practice to include representation of companies acquiring properties in Louisiana. In the mid-1980′s, economic crisis struck the oil and gas industry and the Texas economy as a whole, and Bob formed a bankruptcy section that combined oil and gas and bankruptcy expertise, and led to cases such as the takeover by a creditor of bankrupt MGF Oil Corporation, at the time one of the largest Chapter 11 cases ever completed in the United States and a subject of several scholarly papers.
Bob began working with Karen Bogisch in 1994, and their practice increasingly focused on oil, gas and mining litigation. In 1998, Bob and Karen founded Goldsmith & Bogisch. G&B believes that its mineral owning clients are well-served by attorneys who own and manage mineral interests themselves, and Bob personally owns and manages mineral interests in numerous Texas counties.
Bob writes and speaks frequently on legal topics, including moderating the panel discussion on Production Sharing Agreements and Allocation Wells at the Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute in 2015 and 2016. He has written numerous published papers and has presented the papers for organizations such as the State Bar of Texas, the Permian Basin Landman’s Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the University of Texas School of Law, South Texas College of Law, and the University of Houston Law Center. Bob was a member of the first group of attorneys to become board certified specialists in oil, gas and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is admitted to practice law before Texas and Louisiana state courts, before Federal courts in the Western and Northern Districts of Texas, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Bob is active in civic affairs and has been a director of the Midland Jaycees and President and Rotarian of the Year of the Rotary Club of North Austin. He is an avid sailboat racer and scuba diver, and was the Commodore of the Austin Yacht Club in 2008.