Making An Impact In Our Community


From the beginning, Founding Partner Walt Burton and I believed hiring well-rounded people and giving them the freedom to pursue their passions would help build a great firm. It’s vital for work-life balance. So far, I like our track record. Kevin Grimes is an outstanding MLM attorney. Outside of work, he has fostered 24 teenage boys over the last 13 years. At work, Phillip Young Jr. tackles some of the most complex bankruptcy litigation cases. In his personal time, he takes great pride his community involvement and is known to say, “My life outside of work is busier than my life in the office.” John Hollins Jr. is a published author who wrote Surviving Divorce: A Lawyer’s Common Sense Guide To What You Should Know Before, During, And After A Divorce. Those are just several examples of Thompson Burton attorneys making an impact. I put together a list of the […]

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TB Profile: Phillip G. Young, Jr.


When did you know you wanted to be an attorney? I had my first inclination when I was in 8th grade. One of my teachers had to fill some time at the end of the semester and decided to hold a mock trial. She assigned me the role of defense attorney, and I earned an A+ for my work. The teacher pulled me aside afterwards and said I should consider being an attorney. I dismissed it at the time. I had no lawyers in my family and knew nothing about the practice of law.  I became curious about the practice of law during college, so I interned for a judge in my hometown of Montgomery, Ala., one summer. I took it on the chin financially because it was a free internship, but I quickly learned that this was a career path I wanted to pursue. How did you choose bankruptcy […]

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Efficiency: Merging Quality and Service


When I think about what it takes to build a great firm, two things immediately come to mind. The first is hiring great people. The second is doing everything possible to ensure our attorneys and staff can do the most high-quality work possible for our clients. The latter is why “efficiency” is one of Thompson Burton’s seven core values. Having started our careers in “Big Law,” we saw many opportunities to be more efficient in how we deliver legal services. Some traditional processes worked well, but others made no sense given newly available technology and business practices. Success happens when our attorneys and staff are producing the highest quality work and serving our clients at the highest level – not carrying on needless traditions.  Below are three examples of how Thompson Burton practices efficiency every day to serve our clients better. Results-Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) Work no longer happens in […]

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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. We 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 […]

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Responsibility: Owning the Results


We started Thompson Burton to build a better law firm by creating a premium environment for everyone involved.  This environment is one that challenges everyone to grow both professionally and personally. We firmly believe that when people are treated with respect and given the autonomy to perform, the results can be significant. In the beginning, we’ve defined our approach as “redefining the art of law.”  This statement originates from a belief that information by itself is a commodity.  The best way for lawyers to compete in this environment is by diving deep into complicated matters, providing specialized advice with full understanding of the nuances.  We’re not interested in commodity work, which leads us to our first core value: Responsibility. In order to be successful when dealing with clients in complex situations, lawyers need to gain trust.  And there can be no trust without responsibility. Here’s how we define responsibility: “We […]

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