TOM RUBANE'S STORY
I was first admitted to the practice of law in 2006, after graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. For most of my legal career, I provided real estate title opinions to corporate clients. Recently, however, I changed the focus of my practice to estate planning, probate, and some bankruptcy matters, and I've enjoyed serving individual clients and making a positive difference in their lives.
Although estate planning, probate, and bankruptcy may not seem directly related to my prior legal experience, over the course of my title practice I reviewed and analyzed hundreds (if not thousands) of wills, trusts, final decrees, and bankruptcy filings. So, rest assured that when it comes to your legal needs, I have the experience and skill to handle your case with aplomb.
I am currently licensed to practice law in five states: Texas (2006), Oklahoma (2007), North Dakota (2009), Wyoming (2015), and Colorado (2017). Additionally, I stay engaged and up-to-date on the latest legal developments through professional memberships to the Trust & Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and the Colorado LGBT Bar Association.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years since I moved to Denver! Over the past decade, I’ve truly enjoyed exploring and engaging with this vibrant community, getting to know not just the wonders of the Mile High City, but the generosity and creativity of those who call it home.
A particular highlight for me has been performing with the Denver Gay Man’s Chorus, an ensemble I joined back when I first moved to Colorado. As an avid music lover (I also played the tuba in the Mile High Freedom Band’s 2013 season), I’m proud to be part of such a talented, inspiring, and empowering group of vocalists. Not to mention, my membership has granted me the opportunity to perform at some of the Front Range’s most iconic venues, including Red Rocks and Coors Field.
As a gay man, I am proud to serve the legal needs of the LGBTQ+ community. I know firsthand the particular challenges that LGBTQ+ individuals can face in the legal system, especially when dealing with matters of the estate, and I want to ensure that you receive fair, just, and compassionate representation. Let me be your guide as you navigate the path ahead.
Serving the LGBTQ+ Community
I am a native Texan (5th generation, in fact, on my mother’s side of the family) and grew up in the Dallas area. I was heavily involved in the arts during high school and attended the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University on music and academic scholarships. After transferring to the University of North Texas, I graduated with a B.A. in German Language and Literature and a minor in Spanish. I attended law school at the University of Oklahoma and practiced in Oklahoma City for several years before moving to Denver in 2011.
Although not a Colorado native, I am sensitive to Coloradans’ feelings about newcomers, having experienced the massive population influx in Dallas and Texas during the late 80s and 90s. Therefore, I endeavor to be a good Coloradan, leaving my Christmas lights on until the end of the stock show, eating plenty of Colorado green chili, and not driving like an ass in the snow (or so I hope).