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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 Smith & Rose, 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 Smith & Rose, 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

Jessica Pollack
Attorney

Jessica joined the American Samoa office of MWS Rose in 2017, where she focuses on assisting both on- and off-shore companies pursue business ventures and defend legal disputes in the territory. Prior to joining MWS Rose, Jessica practiced insurance litigation with Carey Perkins, a prominent Boise law firm, as well as commercial and administrative law with Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Idaho’s largest law firm. Before entering private practice, Jessica was a judicial clerk to Justice Daniel Eismann of the Idaho Supreme Court.

B.A., Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, University of Idaho

J.D., University of Idaho College of Law

2015-2017, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Boise, ID

2012-2015, Carey Perkins LLP, Boise, ID

2011-2012 Idaho Supreme Court, Boise, ID

2009, DJL Corporate Law, Monte Sereno, CA

dmitted to practice in Idaho

Barry Rose
Partner

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 Smith & Rose. 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 & Rose 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

Daniel E. Mooney
Attorney

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)

Nick Smith
Partner

Nick Smith moved to American Samoa in 2016 from Boise, Idaho, where his family has lived for five generations. He 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

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 also has experience representing lenders in bankruptcy, loan workouts, foreclosures, collections, and secured transactions. Some of his favorite clients have included breweries, restaurants, artists, and a music festival.

Nick clerked for two federal judges in the Midwest immediately after law school. Before entering his legal career, he studied abroad in Germany, taught school in Tonga, and served a two-year mission in south-central Mexico. Today, Nick spends his spare time cooking, gardening, and exploring with his family.

B.A., Linguistics, Brigham Young University

J.D. (Summa Cum Laude), University of Minnesota Law School

Ponderosa Law, Boise, Idaho

Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Boise, Idaho

Clerk, Judge Michael S. Kanne, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Clerk, Judge Paul A. Magnuson, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Awards and Scholarship

  • The Post-Cuno Litigation Landscape, 58 Case Western L. Rev. 1157 (2008) (with Morgan Holcomb)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Sidney J. Kaplan Legal Scholarship Fund Award
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Kristie M. Parker
Attorney

Kristie is a skilled commercial transactions attorney specializing in the technology sector. She has more than 10 years of experience, including as general counsel to a rapidly growing international start-up technology business. She advises clients on a variety of different business law matters and assists early stage companies with formation, structure, strategic relationships, venture capital financings, and other financings. She also represents acquirors and targets in structuring, negotiating and documenting mergers and acquisitions.

Kristie’s experience includes expertise in all areas of intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent law. She is a registered patent attorney and has drafted and prosecuted client patent portfolios. As general counsel she managed all group technology including trademark portfolio of 15 unique brands and a patent portfolio of 25 patents having value over $5 million.

Having spent several years in the entertainment industry she is well-versed in copyright and branding issues; counseling clients on brand formation and ongoing rights protection. She has assisted clients in the production of movies and television series, as well as publishing for independent music artists. Kristie has negotiated over $20 million of commercial content licenses in more than 3 international territories with major movie studios and music labels.

Additionally, Kristie is trained as a health law specialist, using her scientific background to understand the dramatic changes happening in the health care industry and advise clients on the best available options. She graduated from the number one ranked health law program in the United States with a health law certificate. Kristie regularly works with emerging and mid-size companies. She is capable of handling a wide variety of legal issues, including contracts, business policies, employment relations, immigration, joint ventures, technology licensing, and other strategic alliances, risk analysis, legal compliance, corporate governance, strategic planning and civil litigation support. Having spent many years with an international organization, Kristie brings a global perspective and unique access to specialists worldwide.

Associate Attorney, Carey Perkins LLP, Boise, Idaho

Judicial Clerk, Idaho Supreme Court, Boise, Idaho

Summer Clerk, DJL Corporate Law, Monte Sereno, California

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