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Legal Counsel in Two Hemispheres

Longtime American Samoa law firm Rose Joneson Vargas and Boise, Idaho-based Wieland Perdue have combined to become Mooney Wieland, now providing legal counsel in two hemispheres.

LEGAL SERVICES

Mooney Wieland is a premier business law firm offering legal advice and litigation services to companies, professionals, governmental bodies, and others seeking outside counsel in Idaho and the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. Mooney Wieland’s dynamic attorneys have expertise in corporate law, commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, intellectual property law, employment law, beverage industry law, and much more.

We’ll take on your legal challenges, so you can focus on what you do best.

ADVICE

Guard against risk and uncertainty with our corporate and transactional lawyers. From entity formation to complex contract negotiation and regulatory compliance, we provide sound legal advice for any stage of your venture.

LITIGATION

Resolve legal disputes efficiently with our tenacious commercial litigators. From demand letter to trial and appeal, we have a track record of effective liability defense, successful settlement negotiation, and favorable judgments.

LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY

Mooney Wieland is a boutique law firm with the resources to take on opponents of any size. One way we do that is by working closely with our partners in the legal technology industry to leverage AI, algorithmic research, and deep-learning analytics to work efficiently and gain the upper hand.

  • Daniel Mooney

    Based in Boise, Daniel is a commercial litigator focused on resolving clients’ disputes efficiently and favorably. He routinely advocates for corporate and individual clients in lawsuits involving breach of contract, business torts, creditors’ rights, tort defense, insurance litigation, maritime litigation, and other commercial disputes. Daniel also advises clients on governmental compliance issues, employment matters, intellectual property registration and protection, and other transactional issues. Before co-founding Mooney Wieland, Daniel spent his early law career as a judicial clerk for Justice Jim Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court and a litigator for Idaho’s leading business law firm.

  • Barry I. Rose

    Over more than two decades of independent practice, Barry has represented and advised many of American Samoa’s major businesses and major U.S., Australian, and New Zealand companies with interests in American Samoa. He continues to be one of the territory’s leading commercial lawyers. Barry founded Mooney Wieland’s predecessor firm, Rose Joneson Vargas, in 1994 after seven years working for the American Samoa Government as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Public Defender. Prior to moving to American Samoa, Barry was an associate attorney at Robinson Buchanan and Johnson of Richmond, Virginia.

  • Jaren Wieland

    At Mooney Wieland’s Boise, Idaho office, Jaren litigates on her clients’ behalf in a variety of business, tort, and employment matters while also expanding her corporate practice. Jaren helps Boise’s growing business community establish and build operations, set up e-commerce ventures, and navigate complex employment regulations. She is also the firm’s specialist in federal regulatory matters pertaining to alcoholic beverage manufacturers—especially the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Before co-founding Mooney Wieland, Jaren spent her early career representing sophisticated corporate and professional clients in major tort litigation at Gjording Fouser, one of Idaho’s most well-respected litigation firms.

  • Steven Wieland

    Based in Boise, Idaho, Steve assists clients in building and protecting their businesses and defending their brands, ideas, and trademarks. He also represents clients in a wide variety of commercial legal disputes and litigation. Before co-founding Mooney Wieland, Steve worked at Schiff Hardin, a major Chicago law firm, and served as a judicial clerk for Justice Warren Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court. Since then, he has developed expertise in many different areas of business law, including corporate, e-commerce, trademark, real property, and sales of goods and equipment. Steve also helped found the first law firm practice group devoted solely to Idaho’s exploding wine, beer, and liquor industry.

  • Aaron L. Warren

    Heading up Mooney Wieland’s Pago Pago office as Territory Manager, Aaron helps businesses navigate American Samoa’s unique and challenging legal climate. Aaron is experienced in the areas of telecommunications law, tort defense, maritime law, construction disputes, employment law, corporate governance, and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining Mooney Wieland, Aaron spent more than ten years as a Pacific attorney, representing and working with governmental entities in the Federated States of Micronesia. In the mainland U.S., he also practiced with two of the most prominent commercial law firms in Michigan after finishing law school at the University of Michigan.

  • W. Gustin Vandiford

    Based in American Samoa, Gustin is a civil litigator with experience representing both corporate and municipal clients in a wide variety of areas, including tort, employment, and contract disputes. A former Assistant Attorney General for the Territory, Gustin also uses an intimate understanding of the American Samoa Government to guide businesses through regulatory and compliance issues. Before moving to American Samoa, Gustin attended law school at Wake Forest University School of Law, clerked for Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District, and litigated products liability, insurance defense, and insurance coverage matters.

  • Carl J. Withroe

    Based in Mooney Wieland’s Boise office, Carl practices extensively in the areas of appellate and constitutional litigation, administrative and regulatory law, and general commercial law. As a former deputy attorney general for the State of Idaho and in private practice, he developed substantial experience representing clients in trial court, administrative tribunals, and appellate courts across a broad spectrum of subjects and industries. Carl’s appellate experience includes significant matters in the Idaho Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

OUR CLIENTS

Mooney Wieland is proud to represent a diverse group of local, U.S., and international clients. In American Samoa, we assist many of the territory’s major businesses and public authorities, as well as off-island enterprises based in the U.S., Fiji, Guam, Australia, and New Zealand. Our Idaho attorneys represent a growing number of major businesses, professionals, and other clients in Boise and the surrounding state and region.

Trusted Legal Counsel of

Treefort Music Festival
Idaho Brewer's Unite

OUR LOCATIONS

With offices and deep roots in Idaho and American Samoa, we help our clients get business done in two hemispheres. Although thousands of miles apart, Idaho and American Samoa pose similar legal challenges to businesses and others looking to navigate these young, Wild West-like jurisdictions’ laws. We have the expertise and local knowledge to establish, advise, and defend operations in these unique legal landscapes. And our wide reach gives us global perspective and resources rarely found in a boutique firm.