John T. Rouse is originally from Grenada, Mississippi and has practiced with the Mississippi office of McGlinchey Stafford for over a decade. Through his practice, John has developed a reputation for honesty and civility paired with advanced legal reasoning. John is married to the former Lee Anne Hankins of Grenada and is a proud father and grandfather. He is an avid hunter, diver, and surfer and enjoys South Eastern Conference football. John is also a member of Cotton Land Cruisers, a local member of the Toyota Land Cruiser Association.
John represents corporate clients in private civil litigation as a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group. He focuses a substantial portion of his practice handling complex civil litigation filed against financial institutions and domestic and foreign product manufacturers. John has extensive experience handling matters for banks, mortgage lenders, and mortgage servicers surrounding federal and state consumer protection laws, including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, among others. John also has significant experience handling complex general litigation for automobile, marine engine, and heavy equipment manufacturers, as well as airlines and trucking companies involving product defects, product designs, breach of warranty, wrongful death, and contract issues. John’s technology and business background allows him to quickly understand issues and present complex concepts to judges and jurors to increase favorable results for his clients.
John’s recent representations include:
- defending national airline in cases surrounding wrongful death and claims of negligence and misrepresentation under Montreal Convention involving international travel;
- successful appeal through the Mississippi Court of Appeals and Mississippi Supreme Court on delinquent sales taxes owed to a heavy equipment retailer;
- advising a local Mississippi bank on residential mortgages, foreclosure, and deficiency issues;
- counsel for a foreign automobile manufacturer defending against multiple breach of warranty claims;
- defending and obtaining summary judgment in favor of marine engine manufacturer in a wrongful death claim;
- counsel for heavy equipment manufacturer defending against multiple product liability claims in state and federal courts;
- counsel for multiple national banks in federal and state court litigation surrounding modifications of residential mortgage loans under HAMP;
- resolution of an array of residential title issues for multiple title insurance companies through successful litigation in Mississippi chancery court;
- defending litigation filed by a national trucking company against heavy equipment manufacturer based on unpaid invoices from a third-party carrier under unauthorized bills of lading;
- defending a national technology company in a nationwide class action involving Lanham Act claims alleging false advertising;
- counsel for a major national bank in a nationwide class action involving alleged violations of a national homeowner forbearance program;
- successfully resolving bad faith denial of insurance claims for nationwide mortgage loan servicer;
- securing multiple summary judgments in favor a nationwide mortgage servicer in wrongful foreclosure cases;
- obtaining summary judgment in favor of regional bank on flood plane and flood insurance issues under NFIA in Tennessee state and federal court;
- counsel for multiple national mortgage lenders in a series of mass actions involving hundreds of plaintiffs making RICO claims surrounding origination of mortgage loans;
- counsel for a large bank in connection with settlement of nationwide class action alleging mortgage fraud and predatory lending.
John has been recognized in Super Lawyers for multiple years as a "Rising Star" in the area of business litigation. He is an AV rated lawyer who has been described by sources interviewed as “a lawyer of integrity and skill. He is also someone who believes that two lawyers can represent their adverse clients well while behaving in a civil and friendly discourse.” John is consistently reviewed by his clients, co-counsel, and even opposing counsel as having the highest of ethical standards throughout his litigation practice.
John is a Managing Editor of the CAFA Law Blog, providing information on the Class Action Fairness Act since 2005. John has published articles on a wide variety of legal issues impacting CAFA and other areas of litigation and electronic discovery. He is a frequent speaker in those areas, particularly on matters relating to eDiscovery.
John is firmly committed to providing pro bono legal services to members of our community who cannot afford to pay for counsel. He recently handled an estate on behalf of a minor from his home town on a pro bono basis when the minor’s father passed away.
He is an active member of the Mississippi Bar Association, where he serves on the Professionalism Committee striving to improve civility in the practice of law. He also serves on the Law Related Education Committee for his local Bar Association working to engage local students in areas of the law. He has been an integral member of the Character and Fitness Committee of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions since 2007.
Before entering practice, John was employed by Accenture, providing consulting services for International Paper in Memphis, Tennessee. John holds a J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi College Law Review, publishing three issues over his one-year term. John was humbled to receive the Joey Phillips Memorial award as the most respected among his third year law school classmates. Prior to law school, he received his M.B.A. from the University of Mississippi with specialties in Management Information Systems and Marketing and his B.A. from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.