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Joseph Wayne Rose

also known as Joe Rose

About me

Joe Rose is a California trial lawyer and founder of Rose Law, APC. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Rose was a firefighter and paramedic for many years.

Practice focus

Rose focuses his practice primarily on labor and employment law and litigation, representing mostly employee-plaintiffs, labor organizations, and labor unions, in cases involving unlawful harassment, retaliation, discrimination, wage and overtime disputes, defense of public safety officers, defense of licensed professionals, defense of healthcare professionals, whistleblower and qui tam actions.

He also defends his clients against criminal charges adversely impacting their professional licenses or employment, which provides an important level of coordination between the criminal, civil, and adminstrative aspects of a person's case improving the probability of a successful outcome.

Rose's cases routinely involve negotiation, mediation, private arbitration, administrative trials before judges, boards or commissions, and bench or jury trials in civil and criminal courts.

Education and experience

Rose received his Juris Doctor with honors from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, where he excelled in many academic subjects and trial and appellate advocacy competitions. He was recognized for trial skills by the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2004, and graduated from the renown Spence Trial Lawyers College in 2013 where he serves on the alumni board.

In addition to advocating for his clients, Rose shares his knowledge with law students at his alma mater where he has been on the faculty since 2005.

Bar admissions

Rose is admitted to the State Bar of California, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the United States Tax Court and all federal district courts in California. He founded Rose Law in 2004.

Statewide practice

Because Joe Rose's clients come from all over the Golden State, Rose Law maintains a capitol office in Gold River, a central valley office in Modesto, and a Southern California officer in Ventura.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
    10 years
  2. Discrimination: 20%
  3. Wrongful Termination: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    10 years
  5. Class Action: 10%
    10 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Elisa W. Ungerman

    I endorse this lawyer. Been around the block many a time - quite experienced and a nice guy to boot!


    Elisa Ungerman Wrongful Termination Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Allyson Katherine Thompson

    I endorse this lawyer. Joseph Rose is a fantastic attorney. If I still practiced in Northern California, I would refer all of my labor cases to Mr. Rose. He excels in legal writing and oral argument and works tirelessly for his clients.


    Allyson Thompson Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Rose Law APC

11335 Gold Express Drive, Suite 135
Gold River, CA, 95670


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Top AttorneySan Francisco Magazine2013
Oustanding Student Trial AdvocateAmerical Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)2004
Outstanding Student Appellate Advocate (Moot Court)Lincoln Law School of Sacramento2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law ProfessorLincoln Law School of Sacramento2005 - Present
Attorney and Managing ShareholderRose Law APC2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College Alumni Board of DirectorsBoard Member2013 - Present
El Dorado County Fire Protection District Board of DirectorsChair2007 - 2011
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2004 - Present
El Dorado County Fire Protection District Board of DirectorsChair1994 - 1996
Cameron Park Community Service District Board of DirectorsDirector1992 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Female construction manager harassed, fired, confidential settlementConfidential settlement reached.
Financial elder abuse and notary public negligence, jury verdictJury verdict
Technology workers not paid and forced to sign releases for partial wagesConfidential settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AGraduate2013
Lincoln Law School of SacramentoLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Cosumnes River CollegeLiberal StudiesAssociate of Arts1999
University of California - Los AngelesCenter for Prehospital CareParamedic1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
OE3 Winter TrainingVoluntary and Ordered Statements in Government Employment2014
Summer 2013Employment Law2013
SEAC Spring Half-Day Workshop, CSU SacramentoNuts, Bolts & Secrets to Wage & Hours Compliance2013
News 10 Sacramento television appearanceGetting paid for working overtime2012
2011 SFAC Spring Conference, Santa BarbaraCalifornia Labor and Employment Law Update2011
2010 SFAC Conference, MontereyCalifornia Labor and Employment Law Update2010
2009 SFAC ConferenceLabor and Employment Law Primer2009