Ronald J. Landeck
Licensed in Idaho since 1983
(Bar No. 3001)
Business Law & Corporate
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 , including real estate development, 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 Moscow and surrounding communities and their citizens, leaders and institutions, which led him into a more expansive legal practice centered on real estate transactions, disputes and litigation, business organization, transactions and litigation, estate planning, probate, and employment situations representing employers and employees, criminal defense, personal injury litigation and settlements, divorce and custody matters.
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, settlement of 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 40-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.
Education: Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, A.B. 1966; Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D. 1969
Licensed in Idaho since 2005
(Bar No. 7124)
Licensed in Washington since 2016 (Bar No. 50833)
Danelle Forseth was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in a very small ranching community at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. After high school, and in search of the Pacific Northwest, she attended Washington State University earning a degree in civil engineering, while working in the College of Engineering assisting programs for women and under-represented students. Upon earning her degree, she moved to Portland, Oregon and was employed as a consulting engineer on projects related to infrastructure improvements for large and small municipalities. Notwithstanding a satisfactory career as an engineer, law school beckoned. Danelle attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland and graduated with honors in 2004. After working at a construction litigation law firm, she and her husband made the decision to return to the Palouse and moved to Moscow, Idaho in 2006 to work, raise a family and enjoy a small-town quality of life. Thereafter, Danelle served as a law clerk for District Court Judge John Stegner and maintained a small practice as a solo practitioner. Danelle began working with Ron Landeck in 2011 and became a firm shareholder in 2014. Danelle enjoys the variety her general civil practice brings to her work and appreciates the opportunity to assist clients with their legal needs.
Education: Washington State University, B.S. Civil Engineering 1996; Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, J.D. 2004, cum laude
Latah Trail Foundation, Vice President, 2015 – 2019;
EW Surf-Palouse Soccer Club, Club Liaison, 2019-present;
Palouse Suzuki Strings Parent Board, 2013 – 2015; and
Latah County Planning Commission, 2007-2009.
Licensed in Idaho since 2005
(Bar No. 7118)
Commercial & Residential Landlord/Tenant
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 and served as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. Melissa enjoys traveling with her spouse to visit friends across the globe, as well as their sizable families in Southern California and Southern Idaho.
Education: Whittier College, B.A., 1996, magna cum laude; New York University, M.A. 1999; Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D. 2004; Ohio University, M.Ed. 2009
Presentations: Practices and Policies for Employers (including Law Firms) and a #MeToo Update (Federal Bench/Bar panelist September 2019); Title IX & Credibility Assessment (April 2019); Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace (2018); Trends in Reasonable Accommodations (2018); Disability Accommodations in College (2017); Idaho State Bar Headline News - Employment Law (2016 & 2018).
Publications: The Gig Economy and Worker Classification. The Advocate, Idaho State Bar Publication. March/April 2019.
Idaho State Bar, Employment & Labor Law Section, At Large Council Member, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017; Vice Chairperson, 2018-2019; Chairperson, 2019-2020.
Idaho State Bar Reasonable Accommodations Committee, Member 2015-present;
Family Promise of the Palouse Inc., Board Member 2016 to present;
Palouse Pathways, Volunteer 2019 to present; and
University of Idaho College of Law, Guest speaker, 2019.
"As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions. As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client's legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As advocate, a lawyer zealously asserts the client's position under the rules of the adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealings with others. As an evaluator, a lawyer acts by examining a client's legal affairs and reporting about them to the client or to others."