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W. Gustin Vandiford

  • Profile

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. Based out of our office in Pago Pago in American Samoa, Gustin uses both his experience as a former Assistant Attorney General in the Territory and his intimate understanding of the American Samoa Government to guide businesses through its regulatory processes.

Beginning his career in Minnesota, Gustin defended corporate clients in product liability, insurance defense, and insurance coverage cases. 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 traveling.


  • 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