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 U.S. 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 courageously volunteered to join the Idaho Army National Guard, where she served until her honorable discharge in 2009. In 2004, she 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, she processed hundreds of claims against the United States and presented at the first-ever Iraq Judicial Conference for judges in Iraq. She valiantly earned her Combat Action Badge.
Upon her return, she continued to pursue her legal career as a paralegal until 2014, when she was accepted at Concordia University School of Law. She 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.
Ms. Smith has a diverse background with experience in workers’ compensation, family law, employment law, Child Protection Act cases, criminal defense, and estate planning. She routinely advises clients in areas of real estate matters, estate planning, and business formation.
Ms. Smith 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 (Business and Corporate Law, and Young Lawyers Sections).
Amber Dresslar, J.D., has over nine years of legal experience. She hails originally from the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been in Idaho since 2005 and officially made it home in 2007. Her father careered as an air ground mechanic in the Air Force and her mother maintains her own small agriculture business, Sweet Valley Alpacas, with an MBA.
Ms. Dresslar has a wide array of skill set and practice in multiple fields of law. From issues and disputes ranging from general property, landlord/tenant, irrigation/water, fence encroachment, personal injury plaintiff and defense, employment, agriculture, mechanic’s liens, and white-collar crime. Ms. Dresslar also has volunteered for the Family Advocates CASA program since 2018 by representing the guardians ad litem in child protection cases.
Like most Idahoans, Ms. Dresslar loves the outdoors and spends her time hiking, mountain biking, and SUPing in the summer while she waits for the snow to ski. She is a dog person with one 14-year-old, grouchy rat terrier, Wilson.
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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.
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 for over 10 years. She has experience drafting and editing a wide range of correspondence, contracts, pleadings, and discovery in various areas of law and in both federal and state courts. Ms. Cecil holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/journalism from Boise State University, which helps her keep a sharp eye on important client and court documents. Ms. Cecil lived in Idaho for more than 20 years before relocating to Houston, Texas in 2019. Despite being fully remote, she provides seamless service to our clients.
In her free time, Ms. Cecil enjoys travel, photography, metalsmithing, and going on hikes with her chihuahua mix, Ivy.