Providing Legal Counsel & Litigation Services to Businesses
As American Samoa’s leading commercial law practice, Mooney Wieland and its predecessor firm – Rose Joneson Vargas (RJV) – have more than 20 years of experience helping local, U.S., and international clients get business done in the territory’s unique legal, economic, and political environment. Our practice is often critical to those looking to establish or expand operations into the Pacific region.
Many aspects of life in American Samoa are strongly influenced by the traditional culture, known as the Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way). The land tenure system, which vests “ownership” of most lands in extended families headed by chiefs, is inextricably tied to the Fa’a Samoa.
The Fa’a Samoa is a strong and active influence in not only weddings and funerals and allocation of land, but also in other areas, such as government and religion.
American Samoa is a bi-lingual society, and almost everyone is fluent in both Samoan and English. Both languages are used by the radio, television and newspapers, and both languages are used in commerce, government and daily use.
Churches and religion are another dominant force in the territory, and American Samoa shares that characteristic with other South Pacific nations. Missionaries brought Christianity to the Samoan islands in the 19th century.
What We Can Do for Our Clients
Mooney Wieland is prepared to assist business owners and companies with legal matters involving the following and more:
- Admiralty/Maritime Law
- Banking and Bank Regulation
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Communications Law
- Corporate Law
- Creditors’ Rights and Collections
- Employment Law
- Insurance and Insurance Regulation
- Insurance and Tort Defense
- Intellectual Property Law
- Real Property Law and Litigation
- Government Relations and Compliance
From entity formation and governmental licensing to complex contract negotiations and commercial litigation, we provide the full range of legal services required to navigate the challenges presented by this unincorporated and unorganized territory of the United States.
Additionally, Mooney Wieland often serves as local counsel for stateside and international attorneys, and we can expand our skillset when necessary through our strategic relationship with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s extensive network of 500 attorneys in the U.S. and abroad.
Decades of Experience in diverse areas of law.
Aggressive & dedicated representation.
Focused on building client relationships & case success.
If you are searching for legal representation to help your business right now, you should be sure you’re looking for legal representation that has the skills and knowledge necessary to get the job done. At Mooney Wieland, our attorneys decades of combined experience between them that we leverage on a daily basis to help clients – wherever they are – overcome their legal challenges and obstacles.
When you work with a Mooney Wieland on your legal problem, you’ll gain a dedicated legal advocate who can walk you through the process of whatever is necessary to help you achieve a favorable result. Whether that’s simply legal counsel or more contentious scenarios like arbitration and litigation, we’re here to make sure you understand your legal options each step of the way.