Darryl Ervin Rouson has earned a reputation as a trailblazer in business and community. In 1981, he became the first African American prosecutor 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. In the space of the 22 years in between, he recovered his life from a 16-year battle with drug addiction, and has re-emerged as one of the Bay areas most successful businessmen.
In addition to managing a thriving law practice, Attorney Rouson is the Immediate Past President of the St. Petersburg NAACP and is credited with re-igniting the branch as a force in community development. Under his leadership from 2001 to 2005, NAACP membership tripled as Mr. Rouson spearheaded one high-profile victory after the next. His crusade against the sale of drug paraphernalia landed him in jail when he was arrested for petty theft of 11 glass tubes (a.k.a. crack pipes) from a local convenience store. His self-financed 24-hour Gun Buy Back initiative was soon replicated by the Bradenton NAACP, recovered over 110 guns and brought increased attention to black on black violence. His successful lawsuit against a land-owner for gross neglect in a blighted area became the touchstone for a series of events that led to the community's first multi-million commercial investment in over 30 years.
These days, he is investing more of his time and talent into building his law practice in the areas of real estate development, criminal law (federal and state), and personal injury. Mr. Rouson has counseled and co-counseled on small to multi-million dollar cases. Many of the settlements cannot be specifically mentioned because of confidentiality agreements.
Mr. Rouson is also a noted trial lawyer in criminal and complex civil cases. He has appeared as an analyst and consultant on CNN, CourtTV, ESPN, FOX News, Rita Crosby Live & Direct and Kathy Crier Live TV. He has been a commentator on Bay area television programs including Fox 13 Your Turn with Kathy Fountain.
Recently, attorney Rouson's firm was hired to negotiate a consultant's contract for 200 acres of land in the Bahamas and he appeared at a hearing before the Bahamian Supreme Court.
He is currently representing developers in the purchase of 242
acres of land in South Carolina.
Attorney Rouson, Founder and Senior Partner of Rouson & Dudley, P.A., in Pinellas County, was named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal 2005 list of 20 prominent lawyers. His is the largest Black-owned law firm in Pinellas County, and weighs in as #10 on The Power Broker 2005 list of the Biggest Black Owned Businesses in Tampa Bay.