In this edition of the TB Profile, we introduce you to Chris Rubino, who joined Thompson Burton in 2015 and specializes in commercial real estate.

When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?

It was around the end of high school or the beginning of college. I became interested in civics, politics, world events and how lawyers were always involved in the process.

I was business and economics major in college, which allowed me to understand how business and economics affected everything around me.

That combination led me to focus on creditor rights in law school.

How did you choose commercial real estate?

I started my career in New York doing mostly corporate reorganization and bankruptcy, which was very interesting.

When I moved to Nashville, I transitioned to commercial real estate representing banks, developers and high-net-worth individuals investing in real estate.

My prior reorg and bankruptcy work gives me a perspective that a lot of lawyers in the commercial real estate field do not have. I know what happens when a loan or a real estate deal goes bad and that experience allows me to better protect my clients’ interests.

What makes a good client relationship?

The best relationships start with communication on both ends. I make sure clients know what I we need and how I think issues are best resolved. Similarly, clients who share as much information as possible often have the best results.

Good communication leads to a level of trust that is vital to long-lasting relationships.

Why did you choose Thompson Burton?

My wife and I moved here in 2014 for her surgery residency.

I was looking for a “younger” firm offering more flexibility than traditional law firms.

I liked how Thompson Burton prioritizes attorney autonomy. The focus is on results as opposed to being in the office and “showing your face.”

And it’s nice having co-workers being around the same age.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I have six-month-old daughter and enjoy spending as much time as possible with her.

I also enjoy playing golf, running and all University of Arizona sports.

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