Darryl Ervin Rouson, Esq. is a personal injury lawyer for Dolman Law Group, and a representative of the 70th district in the Florida House of Representatives. Mr. Rouson has long been an advocate for diversity and the disenfranchised, and has dedicated his career to such causes.
Mr. Rouson became a community pillar of the Tampa Bay Area by working hard for the people, and community, he represented. In 1981, he became the first African American assistant state attorney in Pinellas County. In 2003, he was appointed the first Chairman of the newly formed Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for The National Bar Association. He also served as president of the St. Petersburg N.A.A.C.P. branch.
Mr. Rouson firmly believes that being a personal injury lawyer means strong advocacy for the rights of others. Ever since an early age, Mr. Rouson has always been on the side of the less fortunate.
“I became a personal injury lawyer because ever since early age, I have identified with and fought for the underdog, the disenfranchised and the disadvantaged.”
“I view people injured due to no fault of their own as having the deck stacked against them in getting redress for injury. The Courts and hard fighting lawyers level the playing field and put the least on par with the corporation or insurance company that has more resources.”
As president of the St. Petersburg branch of the N.A.A.C.P., Mr. Rouson called for a fair share agreement for African-American and other minority contractors in the $41 million rebuilding of Gibbs High School. He also demanded minority representation on a cruise ship’s board of directors out of when they announced they were going to be launching Tampa. He also out of made the St. Petersburg Times own up to their unfulfilled commitment to diversifying its board.
As an attorney, he won successful lawsuit against a negligent land owner in a poverty-stricken area. That led to a multi-million dollar investment into that community, the first major investment into that area 30 years. In 2003, he was appointed as the first Chairman of the Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for the National Bar Association, and in 2006 he helped create a Drug Paraphernalia Abatement Task Force. Mr. Rouson’s fight against the use of drug paraphernalia helped lead to the 2013 signing of the HB 49 by Governor Scott. The bill prohibited gas stations and convenient stores from selling drug paraphernalia used to smoke crack cocaine.
Mr. Rouson also has a distinguished political career. He has served on the Statewide Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, and the Transition Teams of former attorney general and current governor, Charlie Crist. He will also be the incoming House Democratic Leader for 2014-2016.
Dolman Law Group, attorneys pride themselves on fighting the good fight for the client, and Mr. Rouson is no different. Here is what he has to say is the best part about being a part of the Dolman Law Team: “The serious nature and attention given to every client. The drive to obtain the best results and the energy to push it all the way to trial. I like the camaraderie amongst the staff and lawyers…all for the team.”
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