When David Rusk visits a popular Houston Tex-Mex restaurant, he recalls working on the lease that allowed the restaurant to acquire the space. “I love how tangible real estate law is,” Rusk remarks. “It’s very rewarding to be able to work on a project and go out and see it!”
Rusk is a part of the real estate and banking group at Thompson & Knight L.L.P. The summa cum laude graduate of University of Houston’s Law Center says he always knew that he wanted to be a lawyer, even as a child. “I think I was too young to really know what being a lawyer was,” he admits. “But over time, I really grew into the idea.”
Rusk ended up going the route of real estate law instead of that of a trial lawyer, and he says the transactional nature of the job is a good fit for him. Next up — Rusk plans to expand his real estate practice and advance up the ranks at his firm. He also wants to get more involved with various charities, such as the Houston Food Bank.
Rusk worked part time at Sonic Drive-In during his undergraduate career at UH — no, he didn’t wear roller skates! — studying political science with professors such as Jerry Jackson and Christina Hughes.
During his college career, Rusk became involved with student organizations, sporting events and “bought into” the University of Houston. Rusk advises UH students to participate as much as possible. “Enjoy college!” he insists.
“David was a student who stood out from his peers since the very first day of law school. He is such an intelligent and genuine person. His love of learning the law was evident,” says Meredith Duncan, the George Butler Research Professor of Law at the UHLC. “I had no doubt whatsoever that he would move on to be a very successful attorney — or anything else he chose to be.”
Rusk credits his mother with teaching him to work hard and respect everyone. “My mom raised me single-handedly while working full time as a software analyst,” he says. “She never complained or even seemed stressed.”
Rusk was the co-chair of the UH Law Center 100 Percent Challenge in 2018, a fundraising drive aimed at achieving 100 percent alumni participation at Houston law firms and companies. He feels extremely honored to be among the Four Under 40 and hopes to enhance his relationship with UH Law Center Young Alumni Association.