Attorney Crystal Rouse
A determined lawyer ready to fight for you
Ms. Rouse joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2010 and handles Social Security Disability claims for our clients.
Ms. Rouse received her J.D. from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and her B.A. in English from Barton College. She has eight years of experience as a Social Security Disability Determination Services Examiner prior to obtaining her law degree in 2008. In addition to Social Security law, Ms. Rouse has practiced in the areas of debtor/creditor mediation, domestic violence and employment securities law.
"I can't tell you how many times people have told me how much anxiety they had about the hearing process," Ms. Rouse said. "Afterwards, they thanked me for making the process more tolerable. Going to a hearing may never be a pleasant experience, but at least I was able to make it more palatable for them."
Ms. Rouse is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Wake County Bar Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives.
She’s highly involved in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Ms. Rouse was appointed to the Membership Committee in 2014, the Board of Governors from 2014-2016, and its Executive Committee as Officer on the Nominations Committee in 2016. She’s also presently Chair of their Disability Advocacy Section (DAS) and the coordinating editor for the October 2016 Trial Briefs.
Ms. Rouse is the former Co-Chair of the DAS Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee*. She’s been asked to speak at two CLE courses, and earned the designation of Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers* in 2015 and 2016.
North Carolina Central University School of Law
2000 B.A. in English, magna cum laude
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ)
- Board of Governors (term 2014-2016)
- Officer on the Nominations Committee (2016)
- Coordinating Editor for October 2016 Trial Briefs publication
- Disability Advocacy Section (DAS), Chair (part of the DAS Executive Committee)
- Membership Committee
- DAS Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair**
- DAS Membership Committee, Chair**
- DAS Secretary**
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina State Bar
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NC
- Wake County Bar Association
- "The Interaction of Social Security Disability and Unemployment Insurance Benefits in NC” at the NCAJ continuing legal education course on March 30, 2012
- "Social Security Disability Practice: An Overview of Fees at the Administrative Level” at the NCAJ continuing legal education course on March 22, 2013
* = To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old
or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Rising Stars undergo a rigorous, multiphase
process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is
evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections
are made annually on a state by state basis. While up to five percent of the lawyers in any
state are named "Super Lawyers," by Super Lawyers magazine, no more than 2.5 percent
are named to the Rising Stars list.
**Denotes Inactive Member