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Franklin J. Harberg, Jr.

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Mr. Harberg began practicing law in 1980, initially concentrating his practice in the area of oil and gas law with an emphasis on title determinations.  In 1982, Mr. Harberg opened his own office practicing general civil law.  The formation of Harberg & Huvard in 1983 allowed Mr. Harberg to focus his practice on business transactions, with an emphasis on real estate and complex business to business transactional matters.  Mr. Harberg is Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, AVVO Rating: "Superb".

Real Estate Transactions:  Mr. Harberg has represented clients in the acquisition, development, management, finance, and disposition of undeveloped land, apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, industrial properties, and single family dwellings throughout Texas, concentrating in the greater Houston area.  Mr. Harberg served as the first Texas Foreclosure Commissioner for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, representing HUD in foreclosing multi-family properties throughout Texas and represented the Department of Veterans Affairs and HUD in over 3,000 real estate closings.  Mr. Harberg has considerable expertise in the acquisition, development, management, finance and disposition of shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, industrial properties, multifamily housing, single-family dwellings and undeveloped land. Licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance as an Escrow Officer and an authorized closing attorney and/or licensed escrow officer since 1986, Mr. Harberg is co-owner of American Title Company - Galleria Office. 

Business Transactions:  Mr. Harberg represents business clients in sophisticated business-to-business transactions and has served as outside general counsel supervising other attorneys who provide legal services for his clients. Mr. Harberg has extensive experience in all aspects of leasing, establishment and operation of restaurants, having been instrumental in creating and assisting in the operation of numerous popular restaurant concepts in the Houston area. Mr. Harberg’s representations in this area have involved transactions from coast to coast and has involved in-person transaction negotiations for his clients from Houston to Moscow, Russia.

Education: Tulane University, B.A. (Political Science), 1977; University of Houston, J.D., 1980. 

Admissions:  State Bar of Texas, 1980, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional:  Houston Bar Association: Commercial & Consumer Law and Real Estate Law Sections (Real Estate Section Director 1991-93), State Bar of Texas: Construction Law and Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Sections, American Bar Association: Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (Commercial Real Estate Transactions and Management Group Conference) Sections. 

Board Certifications:  

  • Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Board Certified in Residential Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Recognition:  A frequent lecturer on title and survey review topics, Mr. Harberg is perennially recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly Magazine and Texas Super Lawyers Magazine.  Mr. Harberg has been elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. 

Civic: City of Houston: Civil Service Commission (Member, Vice Chair & Chair, 2008-2010 & 2015-2017), Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston: Board Chair 2020-present, previous: Board Vice-Chair, Board Member, Chair for Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Anti-Defamation League: Board Chair - Southwest Region, Daniel R. Ginsberg National Leadership Award (2007), Congregation Beth Israel: Board of Trustees, Brotherhood President, Committee Chair: Cemetery, Ad Hoc Security, Membership, Dues & Review, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston: Board of Trustees, Community Relations Committee (CRC), Chaine des Rotisseurs, Bailliage de l'Etoile Solitaire: Vice Charge' de Missions, Vice Charge' de Presse

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