Chief Edward C. LaRose
Judge LaRose received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1977 from Boston College. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1980.
He began his legal career with Howrey & Simon in Washington, D.C., where he practiced extensively in the area of antitrust law. He joined Trenam Kemker Scharf Barkin Frye O'Neill & Mullis as an associate in 1983 and became a shareholder in the firm in 1987. While at Trenam Kemker, he practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, antitrust, and employment law, and he headed the firm's employment law practice group.
Governor Jeb Bush appointed Judge LaRose to the Second District Court of Appeal, and he began serving as a member of the court in February 2005.
Judge LaRose was board certified in Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education from 2001-2016. He is certified as a circuit-civil mediator and served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers, has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. He serves as an adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law.
He is an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and The Florida Bar. He served as the chair of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee (13th Judicial Circuit "A"). He was a member of The Florida Bar Antitrust & Trade Regulation Certification Committee. He has served on The Florida Bar Business Law Section Executive Committee and has been active on various Business Law Section committees. He is a member of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court in Tampa. Judge LaRose has written and spoken frequently in the areas of appellate, antitrust, and employment law.
Judge LaRose served as a trustee for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc., and he remains active as a Catholic Charities volunteer. He was a member of Leadership Tampa (1999) and Leadership Tampa Bay (2002). He was an advisory board member of the University of Tampa Center for Ethics, and a distinguished past president of the Kiwanis Club of Carrollwood. He is active in his church and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Judge LaRose was born in Putnam, Connecticut, in 1955. He is married and has three children.