Mr. Ketlinski has been practicing law for 20 years in Idaho. Although his legal background is expansive and diverse, he now limits his practice to estate planning, elder law, and probate.
Mr. Ketlinski has resided in Idaho since 1977, where he came up through Boise schools and graduated from Borah High School in 1989. He then continued his education at the University of Idaho, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1994, and a degree in law in 1997.
Out of law school, Mr. Ketlinski served a judicial clerkship for then-District Judge Daniel T. Eismann, who is now a Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. Following his clerkship, Mr. Ketlinski worked for 4 years as an associate attorney practicing mostly civil municipal litigation, but also general civil defense litigation and family law. Mr. Ketlinski then continued his municipal litigation practice with the City of Boise, and began prosecuting criminal offenses as well. During his tenure at the City of Boise, Mr. Ketlinski conducted numerous jury trials and hundreds of court trials.
In 2005, Mr. Ketlinski formed the law firm of Ketlinski, Massoth, Rebholtz & Soper in Caldwell, Idaho. During this period, he diversified his practice further, and in addition to civil litigation and family law, began an estate planning and probate practice.
In 2009, Mr. Ketlinski was recruited to the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a senior staff attorney in the Civil Division. Mr. Ketlinski continued municipal litigation on behalf of the elected officials of Canyon County, and worked a diverse range of civil matters, including defending tax appeals, child protection, mental commitment, and termination of parental rights cases.
In late 2010, Mr. Ketlinski began working in the criminal division of the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, where he eventually would become a Unit Chief of both the CAPP Division (Crimes Against Persons and Property) and the Alpha Unit (prosecuting a complete array of criminal cases). Mr. Ketlinski tried dozens of felony jury trials, including homicide, conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder, robbery and other major violent crimes. He also focused on prosecuting elder abuse offenses.
Mr. Ketlinski was a three-time challenge coin recipient while at Canyon County, which is an award given by the elected prosecuting attorney for trial excellence. Upon leaving the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Mr. Ketlinski was given an award of outstanding service to the citizens of Canyon County.
In 2015, Mr. Ketlinski started Ketlinski Law Office, PLLC in Meridian, Idaho. Because of his previous satisfaction helping people plan for their futures, Mr. Ketlinski has limited his practice to exclusively to estate planning, elder law, and probate. He is a member of both the premier national groups WealthCounsel® and ElderCounsel®. He is also a member of the Idaho State Bar’s Taxation, Probate and Trust section, where he is currently serving on the executive committe as the Treasure/Secretary.
When not practicing law, Mr. Ketlinski’s personal interests are also expansive and diverse. Mr. Ketlinski volunteers his legal time helping veterans and their families in the Idaho Military Legal Alliance, and works for the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Programs He is a grand champion barbecue contest winner, a 1st degree black belt in Songham Taekwondo, and an ultra-distance bike packing racer — Mr. Ketlinski currently has goals for the 2018 Smoke and Fire 400. Mr. Ketlinski is also a USA Cycling category 4 road racing cyclist, and is distinguished as one of Idaho’s slowest racers. The 2018 season started with some promise, but a crash in the second race sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Areas of Practice Expertise
- 90% Wills and Probate
- 5% Litigation
- 5% Business and Commercial
- Idaho, 1997
- U.S. District Court District of Idaho, 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
- University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho
- J.D. – 1997
- University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, Moscow, Idaho
- B.S., Bachelor of Science – 1994
- Major: Architecture
- State v. Jane Doe, 148 Idaho 832 (Idaho Court of Appeals 2010)
- Kimbrough v. Board of Tax Equalization, 150 Idaho 417 (Idaho Supreme Court)
Past Employment Positions
- Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, Unit Chief, 2009 – 2015
- Ketlinski, Massoth, Rebholtz & Soper, Managing Partner, 2005 – 2009
- Boise City Attorney’s Office, Senior Staff Attorney, 2003 – 2005
- Ketlinski Law Offices, Chartered, 2002 – 2003
- Hamlin & Sasser, P.A. / Naylor, Hales & McCreedy P.C., Associate Attorney, 1998 – 2002
- Fourth Judicial District Court, Ada County, Law Clerk for District Judge Daniel T.
Pro Bono Activities
Idaho Volunteer Lawyer Program, 1998 – 2015
Ms. Daigle is a proud Idahoan – born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho. After completing her B.S. degree in political science and international relations, she left the Treasure Valley to pursue a graduate degree and earned an M.A. in classical studies at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.
After graduate school, Ms. Daigle moved to Santa Fe, NM where she was a founding member and administrative faculty of a charter high school dedicated to the study of technology and the classics. There she taught classical studies, French, and mathematics. Ms. Daigle then moved to New Jersey where she was an international baccalaureate faculty member at a college preparatory day school.
Afterwards, Ms. Daigle spent nearly a decade traveling, working, and living overseas. She taught at universities in India and Eastern Europe. Some of her favorite courses to teach included: classical studies, communication, comparative religion, economics, geography, sociology, philosophy, political theory, marketing, Entrepreneurial Theory in Post-Communist Systems, and American Constitutional Law. While abroad she also worked with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Eastern Europe and the subcontinent, and with an NGO in India. Ms. Daigle then started her own business – an international trading cooperative – made up of manufacturers and markets in Central and Eastern Europe, the U.S., and Asia.
Ms. Daigle returned to Idaho to fulfill her dream of attending law school. During law school, she worked at the prosecuting attorney’s office in her home town. She was a member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Street Law Clinic – a pro bono legal aid resource for people in the Treasure Valley. She was also the president of the International Law Student Association, vice-president of the Women’s Law Caucus, a Student Bar Association senator, and a Student Bar Association Judiciary Justice. Ms. Daigle graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law with distinction for her pro bono work.
During law school and since graduating, she has continued to teach at the university level and was promoted to area chair of the College of Humanities and Sciences. Ms. Daigle was then hired as an in-house compliance officer with her university helping the school manage its business and align its goals with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education.
Advocacy has always been important for Ms. Daigle. In her law school application essay, when asked why she wanted to be an attorney she quoted Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense fund in expressing her views – “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” This sentiment encapsulates the motive and passion for Ms. Daigle’s life’s work. She believes her greatest purpose is to be a resource for others.
Elder and veteran advocacy, in particular, mean a great deal to her. She is from a long line of veterans including her own father, who was career Air Force, her brother who is an A-10 pilot in the Idaho Air National Guard, her sister-in-law who is currently an officer in the Idaho Air National Guard, and another sister-in-law who is a Navy veteran. Ms. Daigle comes from a tradition of those who have dedicated themselves to others and to their country.
Elder law and advocacy has captured Ms. Daigle’s heart. She approaches this area of practice in dealing with the whole family as a unit. She has first-hand experience in navigating through estate planning, end of life care, and the implications all that has on the family as a whole. She has dedicated herself and turned her own personal experience into a mission to help others who find themselves facing the same struggles. Her drive is to be a resource for those dealing with some of life’s biggest decisions.
In her spare time Ms. Daigle loves being outdoors. She is quite fond of adventures, white-water rafting, backpacking and camping, horseback riding, skiing badly, biking and swimming. She loves cooking and hosting elaborate parties and always finds a kitchen to hang out in when she’s abroad to learn about the local cuisine. She is a wine-enthusiast, a globe-trekker, an avid concert-goer with her partner in crime – her sister, and even an ordained minister. Her favorite days are spent on the river with good beer and friends – not necessarily in that order.
- Idaho Supreme Court
- S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho
- S. Political Science, Boise State University – 1995
- A. Classical Studies, St. John’s College – 1997
- D. University of Idaho, College of Law – 2014
- Phi Alpha Delta, law fraternity
- Idaho State Bar’s Taxation, Probate, and Trust Section
- Idaho Women Lawyers
- 11th Hour Hospice volunteer
- Alzheimer’s Association Elder Law Advocate – helping the elderly and their families navigate the legal system and issues surrounding end of life care
- Woman and Children’s Alliance volunteer
Veteran’s advocate volunteer