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Ward A. Rouse

Car accident Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

5.0   19 reviews

also known as Sam Rouse


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About Ward

Learn Ward’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    30%

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Defended cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to complex federal drug cases and homicide.

    33 years

  3. Personal injury
    30%
    Wrongful death, automobile and other general negligence cases.

    33 years

  4. Federal crime
    10%

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Licensed for 32 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/16/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Rouse Law PC
4940 Pleasant Street
West Des Moines, IA, 50266-1780

Reviews

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Posted by todd | August 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Senior manager for Darden restaurants
I was in need of a lawyer concerning a personal matter. Sam was recommended to me by a friend from my first meeting with Sam I had the feeling my best interest were in mind. Sam was very professional and informative he was in close contact with me via text,phone or e-mail. From the time I hired Sam I felt I was in great hands. I have had questions concerning other matters after my experience with Sam and he has been in immediate contact with me and has given me great advice. I would strongly recommend Sam for your legal needs.
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Posted by Vassili | January 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An attorney you can rely on
When someone I know urgently needed legal advice for a federal court case in the state of Iowa, I reached out to a number of attorneys via their "emergency" phone numbers, but the only one who responded in a timely manner was Sam Rouse. He was incredibly resourceful from the very beginning and proved to be the most professional and responsive person I was in contact with in respect to this case. We hired Sam as a consultant and he was always available and willing to answer the numerous questions and provide valuable advice throughout the duration of the case. Even though I was in communication with Sam from another state (Illinois), I quickly realized that I can fully rely on Sam. I feel like he's truly making an effort to help people unlike some other lawyers who only care about making money. I would highly recommend Ward (Sam) Rouse as a dependable, knowledgeable and responsive attorney you can trust.
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Posted by Felicia | June 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Criminal Defense
Sam does a great job of staying in contact with you through the entire process. He is always there when you call. I got a few hefty drug felonies a couple years ago and Sam was able to get them all lowered to a serious misdemeanor. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.
Posted by Eric B. Morrell | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent colleague in Iowa
Worked on an involved case with Ward for a client of mine in New Jersey. Our client was a charged in Iowa. There was an involved suppression issue where the testimony was taken and cross examination was done by Ward. Because of his skilled lawyering, our joint client received an excellent result. He was attentive to our office and to our client's needs. It was pleasure working with another experienced criminal defense attorney, in a state I was not familiar with beforehand. Great to know I have a partner out in Iowa!
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Posted by Gary | February 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First time legal issue
I had an OWI in Johnson County. I called my normal lawyer and he referred me to Sam. His quote was: "why not use the best?" Sam was always prompt in his response to me. Often within the hour! He was able to answer my many questions with all the legal terminology. This was a first time legal issue with me. Sam calmed my jagged nerves with our initial meeting. He recommended a course of action which I agreed with. I grew impatient with what I saw as no action from the court. Sam called and told me what to expect and when as well as sending a timeline that was on the money. Always professional, but always friendly too. As things moved forward Sam kept me informed via both phone calls and email messages. I got through everything without ever entering the courthouse. All in all using Sam was the best way to approach this legal issue. I had no idea of all that was involved. My fines were lower due to using Sam, as well as a great legal outcome. I would highly recommend Sam Rouse!
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Posted by Blake | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First OWI Offense
This being my first OWI charge – I was very unsure of how to proceed. I did a lot of research on forums whether or not it was worth the investment of being represented by an attorney. The overall consensus was that it was necessary, due to the technicalities that can really mess you up if not followed to the T, and let’s just say that court documents make it tricky with all of the legal jargon, hearings to attend, when to pay things by and the list goes on. Hiring Mr. Rouse was without a doubt the best decision I could have made. Upon speaking with him at the consultation, I was in awe of his technical understanding of the law, and I knew my best shot to have this major mishap go away, was through him. Unfortunately, the officer did everything by the book (we reviewed the filmed footage from the night of the occurrence) and there was no way to get the case thrown out on a technicality; however, he came through on everything else! He was able to have the court fee cut in ½ and reduced from $1250 to $625, able to have the community service requirement dropped (40hrs), had 3 ticket fines waived and ultimately the arrest/OWI charge will be expunged as long as I stay out of trouble and don’t have any moving violations for the next 12 months. I am more than satisfied with the representation I received as well as the ‘hawk-eye’ attention to detail and constant communication from him and his staff letting me know the progress, appointments, things I needed to appear or not appear for, etc. After going through the entire process, I know that I will always be utilizing legal representation, specifically Mr. Rouse and his partners, if in trouble with the law. He is a gentleman that’s fair, over-delivers and truly cares.
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Posted by David | August 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charged with OWI
Due to being charged for the first time with an OWI. I decided that because of the seriousness, possible consequences and embarrassment to my professional status, I was in need of a lawyer. After research and good referrals I choose Ward Rouse to represent me. I can not express enough how important it is to find a very good lawyer if you find yourself in a similar circumstance. Ward Rouse was that lawyer for me, he was able to take all the stress out my situation by handling all of the numerous legal requirements and by giving me the best possible outcome, which could have been much worse and more expensive if I had not hired Ward to represent me. Needless to say I am very happy with the outcome, thank you Ward.
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Posted by Ernie | August 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First Offense OWI amended to Public Intoxication
This was my first encounter ever with the legal system. Mr. Rouse was recommended by a colleague to help me navigate the system and pursue the best possible outcome. Every step of the way, Mr. Rouse was highly responsive, accurate with his assessment and proposed course of action, and represented me in a most professional and courteous manner. Moreover, he was most diligent in taking the time needed to explain in detail the processes (both Legal and Administrative/DOT) in which I was engaged....this was greatly appreciated given that I had absolutely no experience whatsoever with these processes and their intricacies. In terms of resolution, I believe strongly that Mr. Rouse pursued the best possible outcome in dealing with the prosecutor. While such outcomes are seldom 'perfect', his efforts obviated the need for trial and achieved an amended and far less serious charge. I would highly recommend Mr. Rouse. He brings tremendous experience, poise, and down-to-earth common sense to the table and provides highly personalized attention to the clients he represents.
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Posted by michael Nieman | January 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstandingly Professional
I contacted Mr. Rouse and to my surprise he contacted me in under an hour. I explained my situation and he stated he would call me back. In under two hours he called me again and referred me to an attorney that was very experienced in the legal action I was pursuing. OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM!
Posted by Stephen | September 22, 2013
Ward Rouse - A Highly Referred Attorney By Members Of His Profession
Ward Rouse is an excellent litigator. Our family was originally referred to him by an attorney. Ward is an excellent listener with a can do attitude. He helped us fully understand the nature of the legal process from discovery to our son's appearance before the judge and prosecutor. Ward was always available to us by personal visits and telephone. He addressed all of our questions and exhibited a great sense of confidence and patience. In the courtroom, he was able to negotiate the best sentencing outcome with the judge and prosecuting attorney for our son. Ward followed up after the sentencing to help our son complete the requirements for his DUI and fulfill all of the court orders. We highly recommend Ward Rouse as a very experienced attorney.
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Posted by Joy | May 30, 2013
Well Represented
Ward Rouse represented my family in a criminal defense case. He was forthright and honest and explained every possible senario of our case's outcome. He was able to get us a plea for a reduced sentence, then a deferred sentence. He is extremely knowledgeable and is always available for questions and help. I feel we were very well represented and highly recommend him.
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Posted by Josh | May 10, 2013
Great Attorney Can't Go Wrong
Ward "Sam" Rouse is am awesome attorney and great at what he does. Not only is he easy going and knowledged he is very prompt when getting back to you on any issue you have, even after your case has ended as I recently experienced and solved a problem of a county losing documents relating to my case. Simply put if I had a question I had an answer back same day always. I was always in the loop on what was going on in my case and Sam made it the best experience it could have been. I never stepped foot in a courtroom, had all the things I needed to have done done ahead of time which allowed for me to save a lot of money thanks to his knoweldge. I'd recommend him to anyone he's a true Professional.
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Posted by Rasima | May 6, 2013
DUI 2nd Offense/ Failure to Signal
On January 26th, 2013 I got charged with a DUI 2nd and failure to signal. I was referred to Mr. Rouse by another attorney who I had a consulation with. I really needed someone who was experienced and knew what he or she was doing. After meeting with about 5 Attorneys, Mr. Rouse was the final. I made an appointment with him and he was nice enough to call back and get me in on a Saturday since my schedule was so hectic with work and family time. Honestly, I didn't really know what to expect of the outcome of my case, I was a nervous wreck the whole way through and I think I called Mr. Rouse on a daily basis in regards to my case. He ALWAYS returned my calls the same day or the next morning and never once complained. Moving along, I was either taking this case to trial or pleading to a lesser charge, I ended up pleading to a public intox which to me was amazing because I had a lot on the line. After working with Mr. Rouse I would never work with another attorney again, I recinnebt everyone to him. YOU WILL NOT GO WRONG HERE!
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Posted by Pamela A. Vandel | May 25, 2011
An attorney's opinion of Ward Rouse
Ward “Sam” Rouse is a lawyer’s lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable. I have retained Sam on at least two occasions in the past to represent two of my family members. As expected-his work was beyond even my expectations. Of significance is his care of his clients. Sam is sensitive to their situation, kind and respectful. He always keeps his clients informed. I know many individuals who have used Sam as their attorney and they all sing his praises. He’s the best of the best. I know because I have entrusted him with my family.
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Posted by Wes | May 5, 2011
Excellent Lawyer
I have know Ward "Sam" Rouse for many years. Mr. Rouse is one of the most professional lawyers that I have ever worked with. I have sent many of my friends his way because he is very trustworthy and honest. Mr. Rouse will get the job done!
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2011
great lawyer
Followed up on important technical details related to the case that I wouldn't known to look for. Hired a a great technical expert.
Posted by Satisfied Client. | May 5, 2011
Best Lawyer in Des Moines
I was facing two years in jail and fines for a serious assault that landed someone in the hospital for 2 days. Sam, got my sentenced knocked down to the same sentence as other people in my domestic abuser progam class had, that just got in verbal arguements, which was no jail and one year probation and a $350 fine. I also witnessed Sam in intense negotiations with prosecutors that didn't want to deal and he got the best possible out come and in my opinion was under payed for his services compared to the other lawyers I have been involved with in the last 12 months. Sam is very passionate about his work and you will not find someone better in his finite area of legal expertise.
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Posted by Matt H | December 3, 2010
Best Criminal Lawyer in Des Moines Area
Sam Rouse served as my criminal defense attorney after being arrested for Class D Felony-Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance. I was arrested in Los Angeles, CA. Having never been arrested the LA County Jail was more than horrifying. Under the circumstances I had no choice but to wait for expungement back to Iowa, a process that usually takes up to 60 day. With no option for bail I became psychologically mortified. Sam set a special bail hearing in Iowa so that I could post bail in LA. After about 8 days I was able to post bail. He not only provided me with legal council, but personal advice as well. I felt completely at ease every-time I met with Sam. I was awarded with a deferred judgement thanks to Sam's expertise. I could not be more grateful for all his hard work. If you are looking for a good lawyer I would recommend his services.
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Posted by Lynn | October 3, 2009
Professional Satisfaction
I have had the pleasure of dealing with Ward Rouse for the past 12-15 years. He is, in my opinion, the most professional, trustworthy attorney that I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. His exceptional knowledge of the law and wonderful people skills, make him a standout in his profession. I have personally referred hundreds of people in need of legal counseling over the years to Mr. Rouse with confidence. I will continue to refer clients, friends, etc. to Mr. Rouse as long as he is a practicing attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-500 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rouse Law PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Berg, Rouse, Spauldling & Schmidt PLC
  • 2000 - 2010

Education

  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Cornell College
  • BSS
  • 1987

Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers In Iowa
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • AV Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Drake Law Review
  • Drake University Law School
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (14)
Endorse Ward
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ward is an excellent attorney. I have had numerous interactions with him over the years. He is willing to assist other attorneys with answers in hopes to raise up our profession. I would not hesitate to hire him if a family member or friend were in trouble."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Very hard working, knowledgeable attorney. Proven track record of achieving great results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Not only does he know law he is also extremely well liked by judges and prosecutors. This edge enables him to get a lot of breaks for his clients even if thier case may be weak."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ward is experienced and highly regarded in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly regarded lawyer. Mr. Rouse is an experienced attorney. I endorse him as a lawyer. He is an asset to Avvo."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Rouse is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ward. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam and I work closely together as part of a mastermind group of defense attorneys across the state. I have always been impressed with his ability to identify and solve the difficult issues that arise in these cases. I would not hesitate referring a family member or close friend to Sam for the defense of impaired driving or drug-related charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Ward (Sam) for going on ten years both professionally and personally. We have referred each other clients over the years and I believe that Sam is one of the west attorneys I have known and worked with. He is someone I would consider a mentor and always seems to have an answer for a difficult situation."
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West Des Moines Car accident Lawyer Ward A. Rouse
Ward A. Rouse
Car accident Attorney
West Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 32 years
Free Consultation