C. Tom Arkoosh, J.D., practices in a wide variety of disciplines in civil, commercial, criminal, natural and water resources (including extensive litigation work in the Snake River Basin Adjudication and the Eastern Snake River Plain water calls), and administrative law. He is also an experienced lobbyist and active in public affairs work. Mr. Arkoosh graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in government and economics and obtained his J.D. from the University Of Idaho College Of Law.
Following law school, Mr. Arkoosh served the Honorable Ray McNichols as Idaho’s first law clerk/bailiff in the Idaho federal court system and instituted a training program for University of Idaho College of Law students. He has served as the Gem County Prosecuting Attorney. Mr. Arkoosh is licensed to practice law before state courts and agencies of Idaho, and formally of Oregon and Washington, U.S. Courts for the District of Idaho, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Arkoosh was a former chairman and member of the Criminal Justice Act panel, was a former chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Defender Services of Idaho. He also served as a member on the board of directors of the Idaho Prior Appropriation Doctrine Association. Mr. Arkoosh has successfully tried or settled numerous commercial, tort, design and criminal cases, before both juries and judges. He has also defended various employers from workmen’s compensation claims within the state of Idaho. He has prosecuted and defended numerous administrative proceedings before no fewer than eighteen of Idaho’s boards and agencies.
Daniel A. Nevala, J.D., M.B.A., brings years of litigation and transactional experience primarily in the areas of business, construction, real estate, natural resources, agriculture, land use, wills, trusts, and probate law. Mr. Nevala routinely advises business and entity clients in both litigation and transactional matters in the areas of drafting and negotiating key contracts, entity formation, governance, restructuring, statutory compliance, succession planning, dissolution, and alternative dispute resolution matters. He also routinely advises individuals in the areas of contracts, construction law, land use, business and estate planning, business formation, governance, succession planning, employee benefits, executive compensation, and real estate matters in both the transactional and litigation settings.
Mr. Nevala is licensed to practice law in Idaho before all state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. Mr. Nevala graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a B.A. in Management. He obtained his M.B.A and J.D. from Gonzaga University. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Idaho State Bar Association.
Rachelle “Racie” Smith, J.D., has over 15 years of unique legal experience. In 2001, she volunteered to join the Idaho Army National Guard, where she served until her honorable discharge in 2009. In 2004, Ms. Smith was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she excelled as the Foreign Claims Commission paralegal and successfully accomplished her mission. During her deployment, Ms. Smith processed hundreds of claims against the United States. She was also the first and only woman to present at the first-ever Iraq Judicial Conference for Judges in Iraq. Ms. Smith valiantly earned her Combat Action Badge.
Upon her return, Ms. Smith continued to pursue her legal career as a paralegal until 2014, when she was accepted at Concordia University School of Law. Ms. Smith graduated in May 2018 and ranked 6th in her class. She served as an Associate Law Review Editor for the inaugural edition of Concordia’s Law Review and she was Vice President of the Student Body Association.
Racie has a diverse background with experience in workers’ compensation, family law, employment law, Child Protection Act cases, criminal defense, and estate planning. Racie now focuses her practice on family law, employment law, and real estate matters.
Racie is licensed to practice law in Idaho before all state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. She graduated from University of Phoenix with a B.A. in Business Administration. She obtained her J.D. from Concordia University School of Law. Ms. Smith is a member of the Idaho State Bar Association.
Mr. Rausch started as an intern with Arkoosh Law Offices and was recently promoted to Attorney after passing the Bar in 2022. Mr. Rausch is a native-born Idahoan, raised right here in the Treasure Valley. Mr. Rausch’s father was a local general contractor, and he grew up on construction sites. After finishing his undergraduate degree and initial military training, he spent six years working in construction. First as a superintendent for a general contractor and then as a Construction Inspector and Contracting Officer for the Idaho Military Division before attending law school. He brings a wealth of knowledge in contracts, construction management, and land use planning.
Mr. Rausch has served in the Idaho Army National Guard since 2009 and is an Engineer Officer. He is deploying with the Idaho Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion 116th Cavalry Regiment in 2022 through 2023. He volunteers his time with the Idaho Military Legal Alliance and served as a Commissioner on the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission prior to his deployment.
Mr. Rausch loves spending time outdoors with his wife and two boys. He enjoys salmon and steelhead fishing, hunting, golfing, and skiing.
George Fox University, 2011, B.S. in Psychology and Communication
Concordia University School of Law, 2018, J.D.
Concordia University Portland, 2020, M.B.A.
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Elisha Kelleher, J.D., M.B.A., comes to Arkoosh Law Offices from a diverse and worldly background. Ms. Kelleher attended high school in Flensburg, Germany, where she mastered basic German language and explored much of Central and Eastern Europe. After graduation, Ms. Kelleher spent a month in India providing disaster relief, visiting the Taj Mahal, and gaining insight into life in third-world countries.
Ms. Kelleher earned a B.A. in Psychology and Communications at George Fox University. During her time there, Ms. Kelleher volunteered and studied abroad in Egypt. After undergrad, Ms. Kelleher studied clinical counseling at Northwest Nazarene University before her divorce inspired a shift to law school.
Ms. Kelleher earned her Juris Doctor at Concordia University School of Law. She was a Student Bar Association class representative and volunteered to provide legal education and access to those who otherwise go without. Ms. Kelleher interned with St. Luke’s Health System and the City of Boise Attorney’s Office. She has a basic mediation certification from Boise State University and an M.B.A. from Concordia University Portland.
Before joining Arkoosh Law Offices, Ms. Kelleher worked as a City of Boise deputy prosecutor. She now primarily practices family law and is driven by helping her clients through some of the most challenging days of their lives.
In her free time, Ms. Kelleher stays active with her children and family. She still travels internationally and has a passion for adventure. Recently, she completed her international diver certification and released baby turtles into the ocean during a visit to Jamaica. Ms. Kelleher believes that you are the architect of your life and that your worst days do not define you.
Carman Morgan has been a paralegal with Arkoosh Law Offices since 2020. She graduated from Broadview University with an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies in 2016. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to assist attorneys in a variety of cases and areas of law. Ms. Morgan takes pride in her work and does whatever it takes to make sure the client is taken care of, regardless of the task or matter at hand.
As an Idahoan almost all her life, Ms. Morgan enjoys the nature our great state has to offer and spends much of her spare time camping, hiking and exploring with her husband, Doug, and their two dogs. She is also an avid musician, and enjoys playing several different instruments and watching live music.
Ms. Morgan has volunteered throughout the valley in many different community events, music festivals, and gatherings. Some of those events include the Boise Green Fest, the Eagle Island Experience, Hyde Park Street Fair, and Sawtooth Valley Gathering.
Erin Cecil has been a paralegal with Arkoosh Law Offices since 2008. She has experience drafting and editing a vast range of correspondence, contracts, pleadings, and discovery in many areas of law before various federal and state courts, agencies, departments, and commissions. In 2008, Ms. Cecil earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from Boise State University. After living in Idaho for more than 20 years, Ms. Cecil relocated in 2019 to Houston, Texas. While she is fully remote, Ms. Cecil provides seamless service to our clients.
In her free time, Ms. Cecil enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and her Chihuahua mix, Ivy. She is also a multi-disciplinary artist and a 2019 Alexa Rose Foundation grantee, the funds from which she used to attend a creative jewelry workshop at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.