Community mourns Frank LaSalata, judge at Issaquah Courthouse

September 7, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012

King County District Court Judge Frank LaSalata, a judge at the Issaquah Courthouse, died Sept. 1 after a battle against cancer.

Frank LaSalata

The legal community — other judges, attorneys and courthouse employees — remembered LaSalata as a fair-minded and hardworking jurist.

LaSalata, 60, served as a King County District Court judge in the Northeast Division since 2006. Before then, he served for eight years as a pro tempore, or substitute, judge in King and San Juan counties.

In 2009, district and municipal court judges throughout the state elected LaSalata to serve on the board of governors for the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association.

LaSalata also served as a volunteer for the King County Kid’s Court program — a nationally acclaimed program to assist child victims of sexual abuse.

LaSalata graduated from Washington State University and later earned a law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now the Seattle University School of Law. Before being elected to the District Court bench, he practiced law as a criminal defense attorney in King and San Juan counties.

LaSalata is survived by three sons — Michael, Tony and David — and seven grandchildren.

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