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Our Team

Steven Wieland
Partner

In 2009, Steve moved to Boise with his wife and law partner, Jaren, after working at Schiff Hardin, a major Chicago law firm. Since then, he has worked 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.

At Mooney Wieland, Steve assists clients in building and protecting their businesses, and defending their brands, ideas, and trademarks. He also represents clients involved in legal disputes and court litigation. Outside the office, Steve loves to backpack, white-water raft, snowboard, and read. In addition, Steve spends much of his free time at Arbor Crossfit, where he is also an off-and-on trainer.

B.A. (Cum Laude), Cornell College

J.D. (Magna Cum Laude), University of Iow

Scholarship

  • “Don’t Let the TTAB Decide Your Next Infringement Dispute,” The Advocate (2015)
  • “Why Idaho Should Ease Retail Limits on Breweries,” Idaho Business Insider (2015)
  • Gambling, Greyhounds, and Gay Marriage, 94 IOWA L. REV. 413 (2009) cited in Varnum v. Brien, 763 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 2009)

2011-2015, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Boise, ID

2009-2011, Idaho Supreme Court, Boise, ID

2008, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL

2007, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA

Admitted to practice in Idaho

Significant Decisions

  • Off-Spec Solutions, LLC v. H.J. Heinz Co., U.S. District of Idaho, Case No. 1:16-cv-00123-REB, 2017 WL 1193724 (Mar. 29, 2017)
  • Rivera v. USA Cycling, Inc., AAA Case No. 01-16-0002-6302 (July 27, 2016)
  • Akers v. Mortensen, 160 Idaho 286, 371 P.3d 340 (2016)

Jaren Wieland
Partner

After graduating from law school, Jaren moved to Boise in 2009. She began her career as a family-law attorney and then spent several years representing sophisticated corporate and professional clients in major tort litigation at Gjording Fouser, one of the most well-respected litigation firms in Idaho. Throughout her career, Jaren has represented clients in a variety of business, tort, and employment disputes.

At Mooney Wieland, Jaren continues to litigate on her clients’ behalf in a variety of legal matters while also expanding her corporate practice. Jaren helps clients build their businesses, 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). When she is not in the office, Jaren enjoys spending time with her husband and law partner, Steve, and their two dogs, Radley and Maggie. She considers herself a fairly competent snowboarder and camper, and is a true connoisseur of fine wine and pizza.

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Political Science, Politics and Law University of Northern Iowa

J.D., University of Iowa College of Law

2011-2016, Gjording Fouser PLLC, Boise, ID

2009-2011, Finch & Associates, LLC, Boise, ID

2008, Access Living of Metro Chicago, Chicago, IL

Admitted to practice in Idaho

Daniel E. Mooney
Partner

Daniel is a commercial litigator focused on resolving clients’ disputes efficiently and favorably, both inside and outside of the courtroom. He has served individual and corporate clients in the areas of tort defense, creditors rights, construction litigation, maritime litigation, intellectual property litigation, real estate litigation, and other commercial disputes. Daniel also advises clients on governmental compliance issues, employment matters, intellectual property registration and protection, and other transactional issues.

Daniel’s legal experience includes four years as a litigation attorney at Idaho’s oldest and largest law firm, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, where he also clerked during law school. Prior to that, he served as a judicial clerk for Justice Jim Jones of Idaho’s highest court, the Idaho Supreme Court. Daniel attended law school at the University of Idaho College of Law, where he served as a legal writing teaching assistant and lead articles editor for the Idaho Law Review. He won awards during law school for excellence in academic performance, legal research and writing, and negotiation.

Prior to entering law school, Daniel worked as a print journalist for newspapers in Idaho and Washington. He enjoys music, snow and water sports, photography, travelling, and spending time with his wife and young daughter.

B.A. (Cum Laude), English, Journalism, Pacific Lutheran University

J.D. (Cum Laude), University of Idaho College of Law

2012-2016, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Boise, ID

2011-2012, Idaho Supreme Court, Boise, ID

2010, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Boise, ID

2009-2010, Law Office of D. Ray Barker, Moscow, ID

2009, Pratt Day & Stratton, PLLC, Tacoma, WA

Admitted to practice in Idaho and American Samoa.

Reported Cases and Scholarships

  • Mena v. Idaho State Bd. of Medicine, 160 Idaho 56, 368 P.3d 999 (2016)
  • Co-Author, Idaho Construction Lien and Bond Law, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law (3rd Ed. 2016)
  • Employer on the Web Wire: Balancing the Legal Pros and Cons of Online Employee Screening, 46 Idaho L. Rev. 733 (2010)

Barry Rose
Of Counsel

Barry founded his previous firm Rose Joneson Vargas in 1994 after seven years working for the American Samoa Government as an Assistant Attorney General (1987-88) and Assistant Public Defender (1989-93). Prior to moving to American Samoa, Barry was an associate attorney at Robinson Buchanan and Johnson, of Richmond, Virginia. In 2017, Rose Joneson Vargas merged with Boise-based attorneys Jaren and Steve Wieland to form Mooney Wieland. During his more than two decades of independent practice, Barry represented and advised many of American Samoa’s leading businesses and major U.S., Australian, and New Zealand businesses with interests in American Samoa. Barry maintains long-running working relationships with the many American Samoa Government agencies and regulatory boards that Mooney Wieland Smith clients need to interact with, including the Offices of the Governor and the Attorney General.

In addition to his legal work, Barry is the former President of Bluesky Communications, which is the largest wireless telephone operator, cable television operator, and Internet Service Provider in American Samoa. During his tenure at Bluesky, Barry led the submarine fiber optic cable project now known as American Samoa Hawaii Cable, Inc. American Samoa Hawaii Cable owns and operates the only submarine fiber optic cables providing data and voice connectivity to Hawaii and the independent state of Samoa. Barry is a past president of the American Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association and has served on the boards of the Feleti Barstow Public Library and Fatuoaiga Catholic Social Services agency.

B.S., State University of New York

J.D., Howard University Law School

Admitted to practice in Virginia, American Samoa, and Hawaii

W. Gustin Vandiford
Attorney

Gustin is a civil litigator with experience representing both corporate and municipal clients in a wide variety of areas, including tort, employment, and contractual disputes. A former Assistant Attorney General in the Territory, Gustin also uses an intimate understanding of the American Samoa Government to guide businesses through its regulatory processes.

Beginning his career in Minnesota, Gustin defended corporate clients in products liability, insurance defense, and insurance coverage matters. Later, he moved to American Samoa to serve as an assistant attorney general. There he represented the government in a diverse array of civil litigation matters, advised departments on compliance issues regarding both federal and local law, and negotiated commercial agreements.

Prior to practicing, Gustin went to law school at Wake Forest University School of Law. There, he participated in legal clinics assisting clients in business formation, intellectual property registration, and importing products into the U.S. He was also a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and a teaching assistant for appellate advocacy. Immediately after law school he clerked in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District for the Honorable Robert J. Raupp.

Gustin spends his free time enjoying the outdoors and travelling.

B.S. East Carolina University

J.D. Wake Forest University School of Law

Assistant Attorney General, American Samoa Attorney General’s Office, Utulei, AS

Associate Attorney, J. Selmer Law, P.A., Minneapolis, MN

Aaron L. Warren
Attorney

Aaron is the Territory Manager for Mooney Wieland’s Pago Pago office. Aaron’s legal experience began with three years as an associate at two of the most prominent commercial general practice law firms in Michigan, Kerr Russell and Weber PLC, where he also clerked during law school, and Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.

Prior to moving to American Samoa, Aaron worked for more than ten years for governmental entities in the Pacific island nation of the Federated States of Micronesia, where he held positions as a law clerk, legal trainer, and an Assistant Attorney General for the FSM Department of Justice. Immediately prior to joining Mooney Wieland, Aaron was responsible for the overall project management of a flagship, World Bank-funded telecommunications project in FSM. The project involved delivery of undersea fiber optic cable systems to three of FSM’s four states through the coordination of regional partnerships with other nations in the Pacific, as well as the establishment of a new, state-owned telecommunications company and regulatory authority to implement sector development.

Aaron is experienced in the areas of telecommunications law, tort defense, maritime law, construction disputes, employment law, corporate governance, and administrative proceedings. Aaron also has extensive experience mediating the interests of government and non-government stakeholders and is well versed in customary and traditional practices in the Pacific.

In law school, Aaron was the chairman of the student branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and received awards for excellence in legal persuasion and administrative law. Prior to law school, he was a graduate student in English literature where he designed and taught undergraduate courses in persuasive writing and rhetoric.

Aaron enjoys playing basketball, fitness, hiking, spending time at the pool and the beach with his wife and two young children, and cheering on the University of Michigan Wolverines football team.

A.B. University of Michigan

M.A. University of Delaware

J.D. University of Michigan

Project Coordinator, FSM National Government, Pohnpei, FSM

Assistant Attorney General, FSM National Government, Pohnpei, FSM

Legal Training Program Director, Chuuk State Attorney General’s Office, Chuuk, FSM

Court Attorney, Chuuk State Supreme Court, Chuuk, FSM

Associate Attorney, Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, P.C., Southfield, Michigan

Associate Attorney, Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC, Detroit, Michigan

Carl J. Withroe
Attorney

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. His representation of Idaho officials in the U.S. Supreme Court in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center secured a significant victory for the state in a complicated Medicaid case. Carl also served as co-counsel in one of Idaho’s most significant antitrust cases and has several victories in the Idaho Supreme Court both as appellant and respondent. He has authored amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. and Idaho Supreme Courts and spoken at continuing education seminars about constitutional litigation involving states. Following law school, Carl clerked for a state district court judge and for Justice Jim Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court. He also sits on the board of directors for Cameron’s Cure for Juvenile Diabetes, a non-profit organization committed to research and helping children with Type-One juvenile diabetes.

J.D., University of Oregon

B.A., Cal Poly

Attorney/Shareholder, Withroe Law, P.C.

Deputy AG, Idaho Office of the Attorney General

Attorney, Moore Smith Buxton & Turke, CHTD

Judicial Clerk, Justice Jim Jones, Idaho Supreme Court

Representative Matters

Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Ctr., Inc., 135 S. Ct. 1378 (2015)

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Wasden 878 F.3d 1184 (9th Cir. 2018)

Inclusion, Inc. v. Idaho Dep’t of Health & Welfare, 161 Idaho 239, 385 P.3d 1 (2016)

Black v. Idaho State Police, 155 Idaho 570, 314 P.3d 625 (2013)

Admissions

Idaho

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States

In the News

How a Deputy Attorney General hit a home run in arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, Idaho Statesman, April 22, 2015 (https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/business/article40854840.html)

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