Competence, Diligence, Integrity.
I was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, a small industrial town fifty miles north of Pittsburgh. My father was a disabled Korean War veteran who worked as a real-estate specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He passed away in 1999. My mother was a registered nurse and a nursing instructor, and is now retired. I have three brothers and three sisters, one of whom died as an infant.
On the train from Ellis Island the conductor had to put a sign around my grandfather's neck with the name of his destination so that he would not miss his stop. My grandfather insisted that his six children speak only English at home, as he believed that mastery of the language would ensure their success in the New World. He was right. His four daughters became nurses. One of his two sons was a teacher, head coach of the local high school baseball and basketball teams, and later the principal. His other son entered the priesthood and was ultimately appointed Roman Catholic Bishop of Harrisburg, PA by Pope John Paul II.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Duquesne University in 1985, and was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History. In 1986 I earned a Master's in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialized certificate in International Security Studies. In 1990 I earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law. I have been a licensed Arizona attorney in good standing since 1990, and served as judge pro tempore for municipal and justice courts throughout Maricopa County from 1997-2008.
My lovely wife Lisa and I were married in her sister's backyard on April Fool's Day in 2000. We have been blessed with two sons, Frank James III, born in 2001, and Rocco Joseph, born in 2003. Next to the day that I married Lisa and the days that our sons were born, the happiest day of my life was November 4, 2008... the day the good people of northeast Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley elected me to serve as their Justice of the Peace for the Dreamy Draw Justice Court.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to do the work I love best--serving the public from the bench in "The People's Court."