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 Smith & Rose (MWS Rose), now providing legal counsel in two hemispheres.


MWS Rose 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. MWS Rose’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.


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.


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.


MWS Rose 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 American Samoa, 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 MWS Rose, 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 MWS Rose’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.

  • Nick Smith

    Based in American Samoa, Nick has broad experience representing individuals and businesses on a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, creditors rights, real estate disputes, general corporate governance, corporation formation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions. He has also represented lenders in bankruptcy, loan workouts, foreclosures, collections, and secured transactions. Before co-founding MWS Rose, Nick spent three years in the commercial litigation, business, and real estate groups of Idaho’s largest law firm before founding his own firm focusing on business and real estate transactions and disputes.

  • Jaren Wieland

    At MWS Rose’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 MWS Rose, 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 MWS Rose, 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.


MWS Rose 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.

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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.