David J. Rusk

David J. Rusk

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    811 Main Street
    Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77002-6129 USA
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David Rusk focuses his practice on real estate and banking matters. He represents clients in negotiating purchase and sale agreements, leases (office, retail, and industrial), and construction-related contracts. Additionally, he represents U.S. and foreign lenders in a variety of lending transactions, including real estate, commercial and industrial, and energy.


  • Represented national bank in connection with $425 million loan secured by 20 industrial, retail, and office properties across five states
  • Represented developer in connection with $130 million loan secured by 13-property industrial portfolio
  • Represented multinational convenience store chain in its Texas acquisitions, dispositions, and ground leases
  • Represented Houston-based developer in acquisition and development of rail-served business parks
  • Represented Houston landlord in office lease involving 190,000 square feet and total rent of over $52 million
  • Represented national bank in personal and business loans to high-wealth individuals
  • Represented Texas bank in structuring and documenting middle market loans secured by real estate, accounts, inventory, marine vessels, and aircraft
  • Represented foreign bank in negotiation and documentation of a $900 million reserve-based facility

Prior Experience

  • Legal Intern, Honorable Mike Engelhart, Harris County 151st District Court, 2012
  • Legal Intern, Honorable Joseph J. “Tad” Halbach, Jr., Harris County 333rd District Court, 2012


  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate); 2018-2019

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Houston Bar Association; Campaign for the Homeless Committee, 2014-present; Co-Chair, 2017-2018
  • Fellow, Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Co-Chair, UH Law Alumni Association Young Alumni Committee
  • FRESH Member, Houston Food Bank
  • Art Crowd Member, Houston Museum of Fine Arts