Rose Stout, a partner with the firm, is a highly respected attorney, characterized by humility, strength, compassion and a proven ability to effectively advocate for her clients.

With over 20 years of experience, Rose represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, property division, child support, and alimony. She has been a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization since 1991, with extensive trial experience in family law court. Rose also frequently serves as an effective mediator in family law matters, assisting clients in resolving differences without the costly and difficult process of going to court.

Rose has been recognized by her family law peers as an outstanding lawyer in her field of practice.  Her accolades include being listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers as well as among the Best Lawyers in America and Business North Carolina Legal Elite.  As a leader in the family law practice group at Smith Debnam, Rose places a high priority on mentoring younger attorneys in the field. She is a model of integrity and sincerity with an intimate knowledge of her area of practice.

Clients and professional colleagues alike are impressed by her poise and responsiveness that arise from a genuine concern and respect she has for others. Those who work with Rose are never surprised to receive a hand-written note or a thoughtful gift. This evident character is also modeled through her active participation in the community, and her committed service to her church and family.

Get to Know Rose

What would you be if you weren’t a lawyer?

“I’d be a gardener, enjoying the outdoors and watching things grow.”

What was your first job?

“I worked on a farm. I picked cucumbers and worked in tobacco and a vegetable garden. We worked from sun up to sun down. Although living on a farm was hard, as I look back on this experience, I realize that I am who I am today because of that life experience. I wouldn’t take anything for that work experience. It taught me discipline, the value of a dollar and perseverance.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?

“I enjoy the newness and excitement that each day brings. I really enjoy people – talking to people, listening to people and working to find solutions to their problems. The results are often rewarding – helping a family navigate and survive a very difficult storm. I’ve been practicing so long now, I see the results of divorce, and I have to say there are some good endings to the stories that started over 20 years ago.”

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • J.D., Campbell University, 1985
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Campbell University, 1982
Certifications Professional Affiliations Awards & Recognition Civic Involvement
  • Wake Chapel Christian Church, Member
  • Active Participant in the AWANA Program
  • Participant in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS Challenge 50 K Walk
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