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  Attorneys
  Barry I. Rose
Jennifer L. Joneson
David P. Vargas
Marian T. McGuire
 
  Barry I. Rose
Managing Partner
barry@rjvlaw.com
  Barry I. Rose

Barry Rose founded Rose Joneson Vargas in 1994.

Barry moved to American Samoa in 1987. From 1987-1988, Barry served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the American Samoa Attorney General. From 1989 to 1993, Barry served as American Samoa's Assistant Public Defender. Prior to moving to American Samoa, Barry was an associate attorney with the Richmond Virginia firm of Robinson Buchanan and Johnson.

Barry has over 12 years experience representing and advising many of American Samoa's leading businesses and major United States, Australian and New Zealand businesses with interests in American Samoa.

In addition to being the Managing Partner of Rose Joneson Vargas, Barry is the former President of Blue Sky Communications, American Samoa's leading wireless telephone company.

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.

Barry is married to Leiataua Fay Alailima-Rose and they have three children, Gabriel, Lee and Christina.

Education:
  • State University of New York, Brockport B.S. 1974
  • Howard University Law School, J.D. 1985
Admissions:
  • Admitted to practice in Virginia*, American Samoa, and Hawaii*

*Not currently active in these jurisdictions

  Jennifer L. Joneson
jennifer@rjvlaw.com
  Jennifer L. Joneson

Jennifer Joneson moved from Michigan to American Samoa in 1991 to serve as an Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Consumer Protection Bureau for the American Samoa Government.

Prior to that, Jennifer served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan in its Consumer Protection Division located in Lansing, Michigan. She also worked as an associate in two private general practices in the Detroit metropolitan area before moving into the public service area.

During the four and a half years that Jennifer served as an Assistant Attorney General in American Samoa, she served in a general counsel capacity to a wide variety of government officials, boards, and agencies, mediated consumer complaints, and conducted civil litigation on the government's behalf.

Jennifer resumed private practice when she joined Rose Joneson Vargas in late 1995, where she focuses on litigation, insurance, collections, employment issues, business formation, and government relations.

Jennifer is the President and a founding member of the American Samoa Bar Association Justice Foundation, a former President of the American Samoa Bar Association, active member and former Vice President of the Business and Professional Women of American Samoa, and a past President of the American Samoa Tennis Association.

Jennifer, her husband, Falaniko Vitolio, and son Brian Vitolio have a freelance event and photo-journalism business, Nafanua Video & Still Photo, which focuses on nature photography and sports. They have 5 children, Punipuao, Ruben, Rene, Brian, and Oliver.

Education:
  • Albion College B.A. Magna Cum Laude 1982
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1986
Admissions:
  • Admitted to practice in Michigan* and American Samoa

*No longer an active member

  David P. Vargas
dvargas@rjvlaw.com
  David  R. Vargas

David Vargas relocated from San Diego to American Samoa with his wife Michaelle in October 1995. In San Diego, David was a member of Duke & Gerstel, a civil litigation firm with an emphasis in products liability, construction defects and insurance bad faith. David also served as Judge Pro Tempore in small claims, San Diego Judicial District (Municipal Court), County of San Diego for five years.

David began his work in American Samoa as an Assistant Public Defender. In October 1997, he entered private practice with another American Samoa law firm. In January 2000, David joined Rose Joneson Vargas.

David is the founder of the American Samoa Judo Association, a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services, a member of the Land Board of the Diocese of Samoa, Pago Pago Catholic Church, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee, the Legal advisor to Oceania Judo Union, Junior Vice-Commander of VFW Post 3391, a member of the local Shrine Club and a Master Mason with the Lodge Benjamin Kneubuhl, Number 441. David is also an avid fisherman.

David is married to Michaelle Murphey Vargas and they have a son, Falaniko Murphey Vargas. David also has three grown children from a previous marriage.

David served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965-1968, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam/Southeast Asia. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1968.

Education:
  • California State University at San Francisco, BA 1975
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. 1978.
Admissions:
  • Admitted to practice in *California (State and Federal Courts) and American Samoa.
*Currently on inactive status in California

  Marian T. McGuire
marian@rjvlaw.com
  David  R. Vargas

Marian received her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, in 2007. While a law student, she worked for two years at the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City & County of Honolulu. She began as an intern in the Trials Division, White Collar Crime Unit, and was subsequently hired as a part-time paralegal in the Career Criminal Division. After law school, Marian served as a law clerk to the Deputy Chief Judge of the Circuit Court, First Circuit, State of Hawaii. She was hired by the Honorable Derrick H.M. Chan and retained by his successor, the Honorable Richard K. Perkins.

In 2011, Marian returned home. She was hired by the American Samoa Government as an Assistant Attorney General and promoted to Civil Division Chief in 2012. Marian joined Rose Joneson Vargas as an associate attorney in early 2014. She is a past Treasurer of the American Samoa Bar Association and enjoys water sports, golf and judo. Marian is presently a member of South Pacific Academy's accreditation committee where her daughter Tuahine is a student.

Education:
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii 2007
Admissions:
  • Admitted to practice in Hawaii* (State and Federal Courts) and American Samoa


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