Our Team


Joseph L. Ellsworth

Attorney at Law, Partner

My experience  is in the area of trial practice. I have appeared in the Idaho Court of Appeals, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Federal District Court for Idaho for more than twenty five years. Trial practice includes, criminal law, personal injury and civil litigation including probate matters and real estate. Personal injury cases include wrongful death, victims of auto accidents and drunk driving, pharmaceutical cases, and class action litigation.

My educational experience includes degrees from Boise High School, 1979; degrees in English and History from the University of Idaho, 1981-84, graduating with honors, and a doctorate of from University of Idaho, 1987. In law school I was recipient of the Award of American Jurisprudence in Civil Procedure and graduated in the top part of my class. Continuing education includes emphasis in the areas of civil and criminal law, with an emphasis on trial practice and constitutional studies.

Undergraduate Degree: 1984, University of Idaho, B.A. English and History.
Law School: University of Idaho, J.D., 1987.
College: University of Idaho, B.A., 1984.
Private Practice 1987 – 1989, Lawson & Peebles, Ketchum Idaho,
1989 – 1993 Trial Counsel – Ada County Public Defender’s Office
1994 – Present – Trial Attorney – Ellsworth Kallas & DeFranco

Member: Idaho State Bar; Idaho Trial Lawyers Association

Personal: I live with my family in Boise, Idaho, and enjoying skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, and mountain biking, writing & photography.

Rick D. Kallas

Attorney at Law, Partner

Practice areas include Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability. I have a background in general civil litigation including domestic relations, divorce, adoptions, paternity, small business planning, contracts, probate and estate planning.

Undergraduate Degree: 1984 – Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) – Industrial Relations Option – Boise State University
Graduate Degree: 1988 – Juris Doctorate (J.D.) – University of Idaho College of Law.
Law Licenses: Idaho – 1988, Oregon – 1989

Judicial Clerkship: Hon. Maurice K. Merten, Lane County Circuit Court Judge, Eugene, Oregon – 1988-1989

In Private Practice: 1989 – Present – Boise, Idaho
Courts: Idaho Supreme Court, Oregon Supreme Court, Federal District Court of Idaho

Member: Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and American Association For Justice
Hobbies: Spending time with family, alpine skiing, running, mountain biking, strength training and reading for pleasure

John DeFranco

Attorney at Law, Partner

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Select Plaintiff’s Personal Injury;
Domestic Relations; Civil Litigation; Estate Planning.
Admitted Idaho Bar: 1994
College: Arizona State University, B.A., 1989
Law School: California Western School of Law, San Diego, J.D. 1992
Member: Idaho State Bar
Biography: Deputy Public Defender, 1994-1999, 1999 – Present Trial Attorney – Ellsworth Kallas & DeFranco