Frank Buck Announces Candidacy for Judge

Citing his nearly three decades of extensive courtroom legal experience, Frank announced today that he is a candidate for judge in the Tuesday, November 4th election.  He seeks to fill the seat of retiring Judge Ross LaDart in Division O, a division comprised solely of the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.

“My 29 years of an active courtroom practice not only in Jefferson Parish, but across our state gives me the distinctive qualification of seeing our courts function from every angle,” Buck said.  “I have a deep knowledge of how our system works, decades of experience in its operations and the vital experience it takes to keep a courtroom functioning efficiently.”

Buck has the unique ability to know the difference between a hardened criminal who must be punished and a first-time offender who has made a mistake and needs guidance.  “I know when firmness is needed and understand when compassion should be given.” 

He has handled a wide variety of legal issues for a diverse clientele during his three decades in private practice, helping people with issues ranging from personal injury, maritime law, contracts, family law, successions, real estate matters, criminal defense and complex litigation for international business interests. 

As an instructor in Tulane University’s Intersession Litigation Boot Camp for second and third year law students, his lectures cover a wide array of topics from advice on filing a lawsuit to conducting depositions, courtroom preparation and strategies for trials.

Buck was Senior Class President in high school and received a congressional nomination and subsequently a formal appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, at Kings Point, New York.  When he graduated from the USMMA in 1979, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation and a U.S.C.G. third mate’s license for all vessels, any tonnage upon oceans.  While a midshipman at the USMMA, he travelled aboard many merchant cargo ships to many parts of the world.  He also received a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an ensign and retired as a Lieutenant, J.G.  In 2004, Buck was cited by the Academy for Outstanding Professional Achievement.  

After graduation from the USMMA, Buck worked in the family towboat business, wearing many hats as deckhand, captain, and port captain, transporting cargo along waterways from Florida to Texas.

He attended the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, graduating with highest honors.  Frank was inducted into the Order of the Coif honors society for high attainments in the study of Law.

He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana courts, including federal courts of the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.  Buck is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Jefferson Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, New Orleans Board of Trial Advocacy, Federal Bar Association, Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Louisiana Association for Justice.  Buck has served on the Board of Governors for the Louisiana Association of Justice and as a house delegate for the Louisiana State Bar Association.  He has received a Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell, recognition with the Legal Network as one of the top lawyers in Louisiana for high ethical standards and professional excellence and has been selected as an honored member of Trademark’s Who’s Who.

Buck volunteers his time at Cafe Hope, a Marrero program helping at-risk youth develop careers in the hospitality industry, serving as a mentor and as chairman of the Work Place Advocacy committee.  He was also a volunteer coach for numerous youth soccer teams.  Buck is married to Leah Hughes and they have three children.

Buck is a registered Independent and this is first run for political office.

“I have the varied experience and expertise in a wide range of legal issues that you want, need and deserve in a judge and possess the temperament to adjudicate all cases fairly.  I humbly ask for your vote and support.”