In this edition of the TB Profile, we introduce you to Justin Campbell, who joined Thompson Burton three years ago and specializes in bankruptcy and creditor rights.

When did you know that you wanted to be a lawyer?

I liked government and civics all the way back to high school. Being a lawyer seemed to be the next logical step.

My grandfather also really wanted me to do something that required a graduate degree.

How did you choose bankruptcy as your area of practice?

It started my last year in law school when I took a Ch. 11 seminar. The subject matter satisfied my interest in being a lawyer, and it was based in numbers. You have a set number of assets and liabilities. It’s a lot like putting a puzzle together.

I thought I wanted to work for the U.S. Attorney’s office early in law school. But then I realized I didn’t want to do strictly litigation. Bankruptcy is a good crossover between transaction and litigation.

What makes a good client relationship?

I want to earn the client’s trust first and foremost so we’re both moving in the same direction. Communication is important to building that trust.

Depending on the client, there can be a lot of education. The issues that are part of the case and even the case law are complex and ever-changing. When I help clients understand the applicable law, it reaffirms to my own knowledge.

Why did you choose Thompson Burton?

The first thing is the flexibility. Partners want you to work where you need to get the job done. It’s okay to work hard and have a life outside the office.

And I really enjoy the people with whom I’m working. They are incredibly smart, very engaged and forward thinking. Everybody is doing good stuff, so I want to do good stuff. It’s very motivating.

I also enjoy seeing how much we’ve accomplished as a firm and grown.

What do you do when you are not working?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and our dogs. We try to take at least one trip a year.

I grew up on a farm, having to go outside and do stuff all the time. You’ll often find me doing projects around the house.

Sports have always been a big part of my life. Right now, my passions are golf and cheering for the Predators.

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