Ronald J. Landeck | Danelle C. Forseth | Melissa Luna | Telephone: (208) 883-1505 | Email: attorneys@moscow.com

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Ronald J. Landeck          Idaho State Bar No. 3001

Ron graduated from Princeton University (A.B. 1966) and Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois (J.D. 1969). He was born in North Carolina and also raised and schooled in Maryland and Ohio before attending college. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert English in the Illinois Appellate Court (1969-1970), practiced law in Denver, Colorado (1970-1978) and served as the attorney for the Town of Crested Butte, Colorado (1979-1982). He has practiced law in Moscow, Idaho since 1983. Ron was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1969, Colorado in 1970 and Idaho in 1983.

Ron’s Colorado law practice emphasized real property transactions and real estate development, including water rights and mining law, profit and nonprofit business organization, business consulting, commercial transactions, securities law and municipal law. 

In Idaho, Ron’s practice has featured personal interaction with communities and their citizens, leaders and institutions, which led him into a more expansive legal practice that has included real estate transactions and litigation, business organization, transactions and litigation, civil disputes, criminal defense, personal injury settlements and litigation, divorce and custody matters, estate planning, probate, and employment situations (representing employers and employees).  

Ron embraces representing individuals and businesses who serve the needs and interests of the community, assisting with transactions and projects that promote quality of life, settling contentious disputes, litigating when necessary to right wrongs and obtain relief for those who have suffered injuries and damages, providing sound, practical advice to  people in their business or family life who find themselves in difficult circumstances or need guidance in navigating an unfamiliar legal world.

Away from the pressures of the practice of law, Ron enjoys his family, his faith and community involvement, having served during his 30 plus years as a resident of Latah County as founding President of the Latah Trail Foundation (1998-2015), President of the Latah Economic Development Council, President of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, President of the Moscow Rotary Club, founding Secretary and Director of the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, Director of the Evergreen Foundation and founding Director of the Dan O'Brien Youth Foundation. 

Ron has been involved in sports nearly all of his life. He played varsity football and baseball at Princeton (Go Tigers!), and in 1965 was awarded first team All-Ivy League honors, named player of the year in the East and finished 12th in the Heisman Trophy voting as single-wing tailback for the Princeton Tigers football team.  He began playing rugby in 1971 and did so competitively for 12 years before refereeing rugby matches for another 20 plus years. He loved coaching baseball, basketball and soccer as his children were growing up and still enjoys downhill skiing, powder preferred, primarily at Schweitzer Mountain, non-impact aerobic exercise and observing most any well-played game, match or competition no matter the age or gender of the participants. Sports are meant to be enjoyed by all.  

In 2013, Ron received the Professionalism Award from the Idaho State Bar.

Practice Areas
General Business Law
Estate Planning
Real Property Law

Education
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, A.B. 1966
Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D. 1969


Danelle C. Forseth          Idaho State Bar No. 7124 and Washington State Bar No. 50833

Danelle C. Forseth was born in Pennsylvania and grew up across the west, in Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Washington State University and had a previous career as a water resources engineer for five years in Portland, Oregon, before attending law school. Danelle has been admitted to practice law in Oregon in 2004, Idaho in 2005 and Washington in 2016. She and her husband moved to Moscow, Idaho, in 2006 to work, raise a family and enjoy a small-town quality of life. Danelle began working at Landeck & Forseth in January 2011 and became a shareholder in 2014. 

Practice Areas
Estate Planning/Probate
General Business Law
Guardianship/Conservatorship
Real Property Law
Water Law and Water Rights

Education
Washington State University, B.S. Civil Engineering 1996
Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, J.D. 2004, cum laude

Community Activities
Latah Trail Foundation Board of Directors, 2015 – present
Palouse Suzuki Strings Parent Board, 2013 – present
Latah County Planning Commission, 2007-2009 


Melissa Luna          Idaho State Bar No. 7118

Melissa was born in Los Angeles County, California and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. She is a graduate of Whittier College and holds advanced degrees in sociology from New York University and higher education administration from Ohio University. Prior to attending law school, Melissa worked with a domestic violence service organization as a community educator and support group facilitator. Admitted to legal practice in Idaho and Ohio in 2005, Melissa has civil and criminal law litigation experience, has conducted discrimination and harassment training and investigations for employers and educational institutions, served as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, and has created affirmative action plans for federal contractors. Melissa enjoys traveling with her spouse to visit friends across the globe, as well as their sizable families in Southern California and Southern Idaho. 

Practice Areas
Employment Law (including higher education employment)
Family Law
Probate
Landlord/Tenant Law
Education Law (including student conduct and disability accommodation matters)


Education
Whittier College, Whittier, California, B.A. Sociology (major), Comparative Cultures (major) 1996, magna cum laude  
New York University, New York, New York, M.A., Sociology 1999
Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, J.D. 2004
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, M.Ed., Higher Education Administration 2009

Community Activities
Idaho State Bar, Employment & Labor Law Section, At Large Council Member, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018; Vice President 2018-2019
Idaho State Bar Reasonable Accommodations Committee, Member 2015-2018
Idaho Industry Liaison Group (federal contractors),  Board Member 2016 to present
Family Promise of the Palouse Inc., Board Member 2016 to present