Judge Rose attended Ohio University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1970. He then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he received a Juris Doctor in 1973. Judge Rose was admitted to the practice of law before the Ohio Bar in 1973 and was subsequently admitted to practice at all levels of the Federal Court System.
Judge Rose began his legal career in Xenia, Ohio, in 1973 as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Greene County Prosecutor's Office. In 1975, he became Chief Magistrate for the Greene County Juvenile Court where he presided over cases involving alleged delinquent, abused and neglected children. Judge Rose then became Chief of the Civil Division of the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in 1978. As Chief of the Civil Division, he represented a broad spectrum of elected officials, boards and governmental entities.
While serving as an Assistant Prosecutor, Judge Rose also maintained a private practice. In his private practice, he litigated personal injury lawsuits, contract disputes, will contests, adverse possession cases, appeals to administrative agencies and domestic relation matters.
In 1991, Judge Rose was appointed to the position of Judge of the Greene County Common Pleas Court, General Division. He was subsequently elected to the Common Pleas bench in 1992 and again in 1998. As a Common Pleas Judge, Rose presided over civil and felony criminal cases.
Judge Rose served as Greene County Common Pleas Judge until June 20, 2002. He was then sworn in as Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on June 21, 2002.