New deputy AG named to Civil Division
The newest prosecutor added to the family of attorneys with the Attorney General’s office is Eleasalo “Salo” Ale of Nua and Se’etaga. Ale who’s appointed as Deputy Attorney General will oversee the Civil Division of the AG’s office. He was sworn into office last week by Chief Justice Michael Kruse before he departed for conferences off island.
The swearing in held at the High Court was done in the presence of family members and colleagues. Speaking with Samoa News, Ale said it’s a dream come true being a lawyer in the court, because he has always wanted to be an attorney since he was a young man.
Ale put his dream into action and proceeded by attending law school at Drake University, where he received his law degree in 1994. Ale also holds BA in political science from the Truman State University prior to attending law school.
He worked as a Law Clerk to Judge James Burns in Hawaii's Intermediate Court of Appeals for over a year. He also worked at a law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis for 17 years, where he made partner after working seven years as an Associate, then staying on another 10 years with the firm.
Deputy AG Ale told Samoa News his return to American Samoa is to care for his elderly mother. Ale is the son of Aiga Ale and the late Va’alele Ale of Nua and Se’etaga. He said, he is married to the love of his love, Jane — and they have a daughter, Leah.
Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop who heads the criminal division with the AG’s office, told Samoa News that Ale will be an asset to the Attorney General's Office as he comes with a wealth of civil practice experience. “We are looking forward to working with him,” she said.
She added that “Salo” focuses his practice on commercial litigation, particularly high-profile disputes involving complex real estate transactions and nonprofits. He also has extensive experience representing property owners and condemning authorities in eminent domain cases.