Frank Ruttenberg


Special Focuses

Education and Clerkships

LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1982

J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, 1979

B.B.A., Finance, University of Texas at Austin, 1976


Frank Ruttenberg studied business finance and tax law before entering the practice of commercial and real estate law in San Antonio 25 years ago. This pragmatic combination of disciplines forms the foundation for an extensive representation of businesses in the energy, construction, hospitality, sports and entertainment industries. 

In general commercial law, Frank assists businesses with day-to-day operating needs, negotiating and drafting business contracts, and the formation of business entities, including limited partnerships, limited liability companies, general partnerships, registered limited liability partnerships and corporations. He prepares intra-owner agreements for commercial entities of all types and the documentation of private offerings in connection with the formation of investment capital. 

Frank's real estate practice includes negotiating and preparing documents relating to the financing, lease, sale, purchase and operation of income producing properties; the finance, acquisition, development and day-to-day operations for apartment and commercial-use complexes; landlord/tenant relations; commercial transactions with governmental agencies; and the redevelopment and preservation of historic structures. 

Increasingly, Frank is involved in assisting development clients with the purchase, sale or lease of groundwater and surface water rights, the development of diversion facilities, and other water development and water supply agreements. 

Selected Publications

  • "Satisfying Texans' Thirst for Water," guest author, Rivard Report, October 9, 2013.

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Professional and Community Activities

  • San Antonio Foundation for Cultural Arts, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2014 
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Committee on Partnerships 
  • State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section, Partnership and Limited Liability Company Law Committee, Chair 
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Real Estate Discussion Group 
  • San Antonio Zoo, Development Committee, Chairman; Investment/Finance Committee, Member; Executive Committee, Treasurer

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a 2013 Outstanding Lawyer by San Antonio Business Journal
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2008-2015
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio, S.A. Scene, 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly, 2006-2011
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009 

Client Representation

  • Acquisition of Newell Recycling

    Represented Commercial Metals Company in its acquisition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Structural Metals, Inc., of substantially all of the assets of Newell Recycling of San Antonio, L.P.

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