3 Surprising Tips Coaching High School Basketball Prepared Me for Life as a Criminal Defense Lawyer

3 Surprising Tips Coaching High School Basketball Prepared Me for Life as a Criminal Defense Lawyer

3 Surprising Tips Coaching High School Basketball Prepared Me for Life as a Criminal Defense Lawyer in South Florida


Outside of the courtroom you can find me on the court – the basketball court that is. I’ve always loved to play basketball. 

I (Adam Rossen) played in high school and decided to get into coaching while I was in law school to ease my rapidly increasing stress level.

As a basketball player I was good at every position, but a master of none. Star player was definitely not in my future. But thankfully I discovered that I had the perfect mindset for coaching.  And I’ve been doing it ever since.

I’ve had so many amazing experiences coaching, but it’s the life lessons that have really stayed with me.

Here are my top 3 tips I learned from coaching high school basketball  that prepared me for life as a Criminal Defense lawyer in South Florida.

1)  There is no losing: There is only winning and learning.

So many times after we’d lose a game my players would be focused only on the negative. They’d complain they worked so hard and still lost, get down on themselves for missing “easy” shots, and think that they failed. But if you play long enough you realize that losing one game can mean so much more than hundreds of wins.


Losing has taught me so much more than winning does. When you win you’re excited, and all you focus on is the fact that you won. But when you lose it makes you think about where you went wrong and what you could have done differently. This self-examination is what has helped me improve and get my players to play even better next time.  It took my team at American Heritage three tries to win a State Championship. Our first year, we had a very young team and were just happy to make the final four. When we got there, we were blown out by the eventual State Champion. The following year we truly believed we could win it all and made it to the Championship Game, but lost in an upset to a team that had lesser individual players but played together better as a team.  Finally, in our third try we were able to win it all by playing better as a team. Our teamwork was on display as we scored the most points in FHSAA history and won by a score of 98-70.


Luckily, we don’t lose that often in the courtroom, but it has been those losses that have set up some of our biggest legal wins.  I remember being a young prosecutor, promoted first in my class and going to trial every week against much more experienced criminal defense attorneys.  While I was able to stand my ground and win quite a few, it was the losses that impacted my growth as an attorney the most. I would come home all fired up, replaying the trial and focusing on things I could do differently to win next time.  It’s that great experience and learning from my mistakes that have helped me become one of the most highly rated and reviewed DUI & criminal attorneys in South Florida.  

2)  Teamwork ALWAYS wins

In basketball you’re up against 5 other guys on a court 94 feet long. You just can’t do it alone. Even if you’re the best shooter you’ll never have a chance to set up for the shot on your own. When it’s you against five other people you need help. And in life you’re up against way more obstacles. You need to work together with others to accomplish your dreams. You will always go farther working together with the right people than going it alone.  In my coaching career I made sure to surround myself with the brightest and best baseball minds around.


I’ve taken this exact formula and brought it to Rossen Law Firm.  Not only have I known both Manny and Walter from my coaching days, but I know that along with our other attorneys we formulate the best team of Criminal and DUI Defense Attorneys in South Florida.  We work together to passionately defend our clients and help them better themselves and their families.

3)   Training is the key to success.

Luck is when opportunity meets preparation. You never know when your big opportunity will arise, which is why you should always be training like the state championships are tomorrow. If you’re always prepared, you’ll never miss your game-changing moment.


Just like the many long nights and hard practices Manny and I had during our days as coach and player, we’ve taken the same approach to helping our clients.  Being able to bounce ideas off each other and collaborate in our case preparation and strategy sessions has helped us get even better results for our clients.   Having a partner to bounce ideas off and present a different perspective is a main reason why our team approach is preferred by our clients.

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Attempted Murder
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kevin tabronkevin tabron
00:07 08 Sep 22
In one of the most stressful times in my life, Rossen Law Firm was there for me. Leaving no stone unturned they provided patience and knowledge in every detail of my case. I’m very thankful and proud of this law firm family and especially of my lawyer, Scott Simmons for guiding, defending and helping me in every way possible. He and this law firm family come highly recommended from personal experience!!!
Jason HigleyJason Higley
15:24 26 Aug 22
I had an unfortunate situation with a family member that lead to my arrest and being charged with DV Battery. This was the first time I had ever been arrested so I was very nervous and afraid of what was going to happen to me. After talking with Adam I decided to retain him and let me tell you this was the BEST decision I could have ever made. Adam made me feel so comfortable and confident that everything will turn out the best in my favor. He is professional, ethical and supportive. He was always available too answer any questions or concerns.Not to mention, his team at the office is awesome they are so friendly and welcoming. Anytime I had a question when I called the office they were able to guide me in the rightdirection. They always were in contact with me with any information or updates regarding my case. Adams team is GREAT!Adam delivered, my case was DISMISSED. So if you want an attorney the is gonna fight for you and get the job done retain the BEST there is Adam Rossen!!!
Felix I HFelix I H
13:27 28 Jul 22
Adam Rossen and the team at Rossen Law took great care in handling my case. They are very professional, and get the job done. I was particular relieved to see just how much empathy they showed with me, and how effortless it was to be their client.I literally visited them twice. My initial consultation, and then to pickup the final docs. I have nothing but great things to say about these folks, and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks Guys.
Terry ChristopherTerry Christopher
12:32 09 May 22
I had an amazing experience with The Rossen Law Firm. The staff were very professional. Attorney Susan Lawson went above and beyond working on my case. We were thoroughly prepared for trial. Mrs. Lawson reviewed hours of body and dash camera footage multiple times and aggressively performed depositions on witnesses and law enforcement.The final outcome for me was the state dropped my case, due to the great work Susan and the Rossen team performed. I didn’t even need to go to trial.This law firm does not play around. They pay attention to detail and they FIGHT FOR YOU!Thank you Adam, team, and a special thank you to Susan for your amazing work! I really appreciate you.
Ketiana ProvinceKetiana Province
20:27 23 Mar 22
My experience with Rossen Law Firm was excellent. From the consultation to the end.. My attorney Susan Lawson gave my son's case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. She was confident during all the court proceedings. My favorite part was when she said we are family, never once my son and I were treated other then that. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received through Rossen Law Firm.