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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.

Ranked among the top firms in the nation in Real Estate in The Legal 500 US 2020 by Legalease

Representative Matters

  • Represented a national bank in connection with a $425 million loan secured by 20 industrial, retail, and office properties across five states
  • Represented a developer in connection with a $130 million loan secured by a 13-property industrial portfolio
  • Represented a developer in connection with the sale of a $95 million four-property portfolio
  • Represented a multinational convenience store chain in its Texas acquisitions, dispositions, and ground leases
  • Represented a Houston-based developer in acquisition and development of rail-served business parks in Texas and Louisiana
  • Represented a Houston landlord in an office lease involving 190,000 square feet and total rent of more than $52 million
  • Represented a national bank in personal and business loans to high-wealth individuals
  • Represented a Texas bank in structuring and documenting middle market loans secured by real estate, accounts, inventory, marine vessels, and aircraft
  • Represented a foreign bank in negotiation and documentation of a $900 million reserve-based facility

Prior Employment

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

Honors & Affiliations


  • One to Watch, The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law), 2021
  • Rising Star Award, University of Houston Law Alumni Association, 2020
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate), 2018-2021
  • Four Under 40, University of Houston Alumline, 2019


  • Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board, Law360, 2021
  • 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

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2014, summa cum laude, University of Houston Law Center; Senior Articles Editor, Houston Law Review; Order of the Barons; Order of the Coif
  • B.S., 2011, summa cum laude, University of Houston


  • Texas

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