TB Profile: Meet Attorney David P. Cañas

The Thompson Burton team is pleased to announce that David P. Cañas has once again been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America in the practice are of Litigation-Bankruptcy. David has been recognized every year since 2012.

David P. CañasWe are proud of David and everything he has contributed since joining the firm earlier this year.

This gave us a reason to feature David in month’s “TB Profile” blog post so you can learn about David’s practice and his personal interests.

When did you know that you wanted to be an attorney?

In middle school. That sounds funny, but I always knew that wanted to be involved in public service.

I eventually learned that being an attorney fit with the way my brain is wired and how I like to solve problems. Litigation is about gathering facts and solving problems in a way that is best for the client.

My commitment to public service is one of the reasons that I serve on the board of the Tennessee Justice Center, which provides pro bono services to vulnerable Tennesseans. (David was recognized as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association in 2006 for his work with a TennCare client regarding coverage for a medical device.)

How did you choose litigation and bankruptcy as your practice areas?

I clerked for two justices on the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson, Tennessee, before joining a litigation firm in Nashville. From the beginning, I jumped right in and was taking depositions and worked on a jury trial in my first year.

A couple of years in, I moved to a firm that focused on secured creditor representation and commercial litigation. I then moved to another firm and began to focus on Chapter 11 work along with my litigation practice. It was a natural progression over the years that developed into my current practice, and I continue to enjoy the variety of work and challenge that each new case brings.

What makes a great client relationship?

Trust is most important.

My clients aren’t typically in the business of litigation. Litigation is about helping a client through a difficult situation. When I have to ask the hard questions or tell clients the hard news, it’s nice to hear them say, “I understand, and thank you for that candor.”

That’s when I know the client understands that I have the client’s interests in mind, and that client trusts I will bring all my skill and knowledge to doing best I can for the client.

Why did you choose Thompson Burton?

It started with my mutual respect for Thompson Burton attorneys Phillip Young and Ronn Steen. We had dealt with each other on a number of cases over the years. If they were at the firm, I was confident that it would be a good place to continue serving my clients and to develop my practice.

When I met with the partners and other attorneys, I understood that it was a place where attorneys work hard and represent their clients well, but also have important balance in their lives. It’s an atmosphere where you can succeed professionally and personally.

What do you do when not practicing law?

When I’m not working, I’m running. Right now, I’m training for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and the Flying Monkey Marathon here in Nashville. I’ve been running for about 10 years and have run two or three marathons a year since 2009.

And, I’m learning to cook. I’m just starting to get the hang of it, but I enjoy preparing healthy meals for my family.

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