David Rusk is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston office, where he focuses his practice on real estate and finance matters across the country. He represents clients in negotiating purchase and sale agreements, ground leases and space leases (office, retail and industrial), and related agreements. He also assists real estate developers with all aspects of the development process, with an emphasis on large industrial projects and medical office buildings.

Additionally, Mr. Rusk represents national and regional lenders in a variety of commercial financing transactions, including real estate loans, life insurance premium financings, and vessel acquisition and construction loans. He has significant experience documenting complex construction, permanent and bridge loans. He also advises lenders in all aspects of the workout and foreclosure process.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a national bank in connection with a $625 million loan secured by 20+ industrial, retail and office properties across six states
  • Represented a Houston-based developer in connection with a $130 million loan secured by a 13-property industrial portfolio
  • Represented a Houston-based developer in connection with the sale of a $95 million four-property industrial portfolio
  • Represented a multinational convenience store chain in its Texas and New Mexico acquisitions, dispositions and ground leases
  • Represents a Houston-based developer in the acquisition and development of business parks and rail storage facilities in Texas and Louisiana
  • Represents a national private bank in loans to high net worth individuals, including real estate, premium finance and yacht transactions
  • Represents a Texas bank in structuring and documenting middle market loans secured by real estate, accounts, inventory and marine vessels
  • Represents an S&P 500 real estate investment trust in the development of outpatient care clinics and related facilities


  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., summa cum laude
  • University of Houston, B.S., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
  • Law360, Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board, 2021
  • Houston Bar Association, Campaign for the Homeless Committee
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • University of Houston (UH) Law Alumni Association Young Alumni Committee
  • Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Art Crowd
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2018-2024
  • One to Watch, The Best Lawyers in America guide, Houston Banking and Finance Law, 2021-2024; Houston Real Estate Law, 2021-2024
  • Rising Star Award, University of Houston Law Alumni Association, 2020
  • Four Under 40, University of Houston Alumline, 2019