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John P. "Buddy" Franke II

John P. "Buddy" Franke II

South Padre Island, Texas

John P. "Buddy" Franke's practice covers a wide range of real estate, banking and corporate matters. Buddy has experience representing clients in the acquisition, disposition and development of improved and unimproved property, commercial and residential real estate development, mortgage/real estate lending, foreclosures, commercial retail and office leasing, condemnation/eminent domain issues, real estate brokerage and management, residential, commercial and multi-use planned development and condominium development, residential and commercial construction contracting, and entity formation/structuring, joint ventures, corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Buddy is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Commercial Real Estate Law and Residential Real Estate Law, and is a member of the Cameron and Hidalgo County Bar Associations, the State Bar of Texas and the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Buddy is a native of South Texas, having been born in Brownsville, Texas. After attaining a degree in Business Administration – Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, he attended St. Mary's University School of Law to attain his law degree in 2001. From 2001 to 2006, Buddy worked for a prominent law firm in McAllen, Texas and to this day still enjoys a good working relationship with that firm by assisting them with real estate related matters on an of counsel basis. In 2006, Buddy formed The Law Office of John P. Franke, P.C. on South Padre Island and has developed representative clients including financial institutions, real estate developers, condominium and property owners associations, contractors and numerous individuals and other small businesses.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Business Transactional Law
  • Business/Corporate Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business
  • Residential Real Estate Law
  • Commercial Real Estate Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2008
  • Residential Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2002


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. - 2001
  • University of Texas - Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Major: Business Administration - Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cameron County Bar Association
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Ellis, Koeneke & Ramirez, L.L.P., Associate, 2001 - 2006
  • Ellis, Koeneke & Ramirez, L.L.P., of Counsel, 2006 - Present

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