Cozakos & Centeno PLLC

Shelly Cozakos

Susan Centeno

Helping individuals and businesses in the Treasure Valley with Business and Employment Law, Adoption Law, and Estates, Trust & Guardianships/Conservatorship.

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Legal Practices

Business and Employment Law

Ms. Cozakos has been representing clients in state and federal courts in Idaho for over twenty years, with an emphasis in employment and business law.  She has been recognized for seven consecutive years by Chambers USA as a leading employment attorney in Idaho.  Ms. Cozakos handles employment disputes involving discrimination and harassment.  She regularly advises clients on non-competition and trade secrets agreements, and assists clients in making sure they have the right employment and business policies in place.  Ms. Cozakos is a former partner in the international firm Perkins Coie, LLP, where she handled complex litigation and employment cases for large corporations. Since launching her own firm, Ms. Cozakos uses her litigation experience to help mid-size and small companies and individuals find quick resolutions.  Her approach is one of practical solutions designed to limit a client’s costs and assist in solving the problem.  Ms. Cozakos understands the burden of litigation, and tries to use keep clients out of court as much as possible.  


Adoption Law

Ms. Cozakos developed an adoption practice because of her love of children.  She uses her extensive courtroom experience to help birth mothers and adoptive parents through the court process with compassion and ease.  She has handled over one-hundred private and agency adoptions and parental terminations throughout the state of Idaho.  Ms. Cozakos has significant experience finalizing international adoptions for adoptive parents who live in Idaho.  She also handles foster-parent and step-parent adoptions.  Ms. Cozakos is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, an elite group of adoption attorneys who have been recommended by judges and adoption specialists as experts in the field of adoption.  Ms. Cozakos strives to keep her costs low, understanding how expensive adoptions can be.

Estates, Trust & Guardianships/Conservatorship

Ms. Cozakos spends a considerable amount of time in Idaho Probate courts handling standard probates along with disputes between executors, beneficiaries and trustees.  She helps clients navigate their way from start to finish in administering an Estate or Trust, recognizing how difficult the process can be following the loss of a loved one.  Ms. Cozakos also regularly represents clients obtain court-appointed guardianships and conservatorships of minors, incapacitated persons and special needs adults or children.  She secures guardianships for dozens of clients a year and also handles contested guardianships and conservatorships.  Ms. Cozakos is ranked as a leading attorney in Chambers USA and is AV ranked in Martindale Hubbell.


Cozakos & Centeno PLLC

475 W Main Street

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 506-3300