Attorney Ward A. (Sam) Rouse

515.223.9000


Ward A. (Sam) Rouse

The principal of Rouse Law P.C., Ward A. (Sam) Rouse has nearly a quarter century’s experience practicing law. Mr. Rouse focuses on cases related to personal injury and criminal defense law. Having begun his career in the early 1990s as a prosecutor, he decided to launch his own private practice so he could fulfill his passion for helping people. As a dedicated legal advocate, Mr. Rouse provides clients with professional legal counsel and representation based on his considerable experience and knowledge of the law. He is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their legal goals.

Skilled Negotiator

Many personal injury cases are actually settled at the negotiation table. It’s not uncommon for the at-fault party and their attorneys to try to avoid a trial and its subsequent expenses. When the fault is clear, many defendants will opt for negotiation. Mr. Rouse has experience negotiating with defense attorneys and insurance companies. He will aggressively represent his clients’ interests in order to pursue a lucrative settlement. He enters into negotiations with all the facts—including knowledge of a fair compensation amount based on his clients’ injuries and injury-related expenses. If there is an art to negotiation, Mr. Rouse possesses it. Clients can rely on him to promote their claim throughout the entire negotiation process. If negotiations prove fruitless or the at-fault party refuses to offer a fair settlement, Mr. Rouse can escalate the case to litigation.

Tenacious Litigator

Mr. Rouse has years of experience in the courtroom, representing clients before a judge and jury. Although Mr. Rouse is highly knowledgeable about state and federal law, he takes immense care to examine each detail of his cases. It’s often these details drive his representation of a given matter. If your case escalates to trial, you can count on Mr. Rouse to employ all of his skill to fight for your rights.

Strong Advocate

Many victims of accidents are at a vulnerable place in their lives. The recovery journey can be long and harrowing—fraught with surgeries, rehabilitation procedures, and a plethora of prescription medications. The pain and suffering associated with these types of situations is frequently physically and mentally agonizing. Skyrocketing medical costs and lost work wages invariably complicate and already disastrous turn of events.

When pursuing fair compensation for pain and suffering, missing work wages, and medical bills, there is a comfort in knowing that your personal injury attorney is also your strong advocate, a champion of your legal rights. Under Iowa law, you may be eligible for compensation if you are injured because of someone else’s wrong-doing, carelessness, or negligence. Mr. Rouse will do everything in his power to provide you with superior legal counsel and aggressive representation. As proof of his dedication—he will NOT charge you his legal fees unless he’s able to achieve success at the negotiation table or in the courtroom. Until you receive fair compensation, you will not receive a bill from Rouse Law P.C.

Personal Injury Practice Areas

Personal injury law is a broad area of the law; it encompasses many types of cases like motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, security negligence, dog bites, premises liability, and more. Attorney Rouse focuses on a few types of personal injury cases such as:

Car Accidents
Truck Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Catastrophic Injuries
Wrongful Death
Dog Bites
Excessive Force (Civil Rights)
Workers’ Compensation

If you’ve been hurt in these types of accidents and need an experienced Des Moines personal injury attorney, you can rely on Mr. Rouse and his experienced legal firm. Experience is important. Mr. Rouse has a long record of success and is a highly skilled negotiator and litigator. Clients can count on him to provide them with the dedicated and knowledgeable service they need at a time like this.

Rouse Law P.C. Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’re facing charges that relate to the following case types, Mr. Rouse can help:

 

OWI / DWI / DUI

Mr Rouse has tried cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney; he understands how to thoroughly evaluate these cases from every angle in order to provide his clients with the best defense.

 

Drug Charges

Attorney Rouse has substantial experience defending clients who have been charged with drug-related crimes. He’s represented clients who have been charged with drug-related misdemeanors and felonies. He will carefully examine your case in order to defend you to the best of his abilities.

 

Federal Crime

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, bring your case to Attorney Rouse for a free consultation. Mr. Rouse has worked on a wide array of federal cases in both Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. He has also handled many appeals of federal criminal cases to the Eighth Circuit of Court of Appeals. Because there are many differences between federal and state criminal cases, it’s important obtain the services of an experienced attorney who has in-depth knowledge of these types of cases.

Facing serious criminal charges like these can be difficult for clients and their families. Mr. Rouse offers his clients experience-based legal counsel and dedicated representation. He will view your charges and all aspects of the case in order to have command of all details. Having worked early in his career as a prosecutor, he understands the prosecutor’s mindset. He also knows how error on the part of prosecutors, police, and other government agents can have an impact on many of these types of cases. He has a record of uncovering errors that have prevented many cases from ever getting to trial. All clients deserve a faithful and diligent advocate. Mr. Rouse provides his clients with faithful support throughout the legal process.

 

Customized Care

One of the benefits of working with a smaller law firm like Rouse Law P.C. is customized service. Larger law firms may have more square footage for more offices and file cases, but they cannot always offer the personable yet professional legal guidance that clients search for in a Des Moines attorney. Mr. Rouse cares about pursuing his clients’ legal goals; in order to do that, he takes considerable time to learn about their case and their situations. In large law firms, this doesn’t always happen.

When clients meet with Mr. Rouse, they can expect him to carefully examine their case and provide them with legal counsel that’s tailored to the case’s particulars. He does not rely on cookie-cutter legal solutions or his past laurels. Every client deserves customized care. Every client is important to Mr. Rouse.

 

Education and Memberships

Mr. Rouse earned his law degree at Drake University Law School in 1990 where he also served as a member of Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degrees (double major in Philosophy and Politics) in 1987 at Cornell College. He is a member of the Iowa Association for Justice and the Iowa State Bar Association.

 

Admission

1991, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit; 2001, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa; 1990, Iowa; U.S. Supreme Court

 

Accommodations

Mr. Rouse has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with an “AV” rating. Martindale-Hubbell is an organization which rates attorneys’ legal abilities through the use of a peer review process. According to the Martindale-Hubbell system, an “AV” rating is the highest rating possible and is “testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”

If you need a criminal defense or personal injury attorney in the Des Moines, IA, region, contact Rouse Law P.C. Mr. Rouse will exercise all of his skills to provide you with the best legal representation possible. Call the firm to schedule your free initial consultation. Mr. Rouse will meet with you to discuss your case. He can offer some preliminary advice based on his understanding of the law and his experience. If you choose to let him represent you, you can expect dedicated service throughout your legal journey.

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Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Rouse also handles some criminal defense cases that pertain to:

 

Mr. Rouse has more than two decades of experience defending clients who’ve been charged with serious crimes. He is committed to providing every client with his outstanding representation and competent legal advice. He will help you identify the best process for pursuing your case and will mount an aggressive defense on your behalf. All initial consultations at Rouse Law are free. Call to schedule yours and discuss the specifics of your case. If Attorney Rouse cannot take on your case, he can recommend another Des Moines criminal defense attorney who can.