Michael D. Rouse is a native Floridian, born in Daytona Beach and living in the state his entire life. He is a member of the first graduating class of Lake Mary High School (1984), where he played basketball and ran track and field. Michael attended college at the University of Central Florida and graduated cum laude from UCF with a B.A. Degree in Political Science in 1988. While at UCF, Michael made the President's List and Dean's List for honors. Following his undergraduate work, he then attended law school at the Florida State University College of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate with High Honors in 1991. Michael graduated FSU in the top 5% of his class and earned membership in the prestigious Order of the Coif. While in law school, he earned numerous academic honors and served on the FSU Law Review from 1989-91, including a semester as an Associate Editor in 1991. His 1991 Law Review article, "The Equal Access Controversy: A Battle for Freedom of Religious Speech in Public Secondary Schools," earned the Book Award for the year's best Law Review article.
Michael is admitted to practice law in all Florida State Courts (Florida Bar number 0893463), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has been a member of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar since 1991, and is also a member of the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of the Florida Bar. He has been Board Certified in Workers' Compensation since 1999. He is a certified instructor and lecturer in workers' compensation by the Florida Department of Financial Services. His legal experience includes work in the early 1990's with the Florida Bar assisting with the question drafting and grading of the Florida Bar Examination. His membership includes the Christian Legal Society.
Michael is married to Rachelle C. Rouse, also an attorney. They have been blessed with three amazing sons. Michael's community service and volunteer activities include work as Vice-President of the Association of Christian Youth Sports (2000-present), an Orlando area non-profit youth sports organization. He has enjoyed many years of coaching youth sports with his children.
*Board certification recognizes attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Certification is The Florida Bar's highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.