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Ret. Judge Frank J. LaBuda

Chief Counsel

After completing high school in the Bronx, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City University, NY in 1970.  A few years later, I received my Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio as an Honor Graduate. I went on to become a Post-Graduate US Army Judge Advocate General at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. After this, I spent 3 years on active duty as a military prosecutor. 

I moved back to New York, where I became a Sullivan County Prosecutor and Chief Assistant District Attorney, litigating and trying major felony cases—including murder—for 10 years. For the last 7 of these years, I gained experience as a private practice litigator and trial attorney for civil, medical malpractice and criminal jury trials. In 1989, I was elected to be the New York State Judge and Surrogate in Sullivan County, where I presided over negligence cases and jury trials for 23 years.

After retiring, I chose to connect with Sobo & Sobo based on our shared values of putting the needs of clients above our own. As a husband and father of four, I am a firm believer in treating all my clients as though they were part of my family, and not just another paycheck. I also frequently travel to countries around the world to counsel judges, attorneys and Universities on improving evidence and trial procedures.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Legion #1226, Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #4947, Member
  • Our Lady of Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, NY, Member
  • Uganda Judicial Officers Association, Member

Honors & Awards

  • Major in the 301st Logistical Support Group
  • Over 212 published decisions as legal precedents in New York
    • Decisions covered issues of evidence, negligence and trial procedures
  • Wurtsboro Fire Company #1, Former President
  • Sullivan County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Former President


  • City University of New York
    • Graduated Phi Beta Kappa
  •  Case Western Reserve University of Law in Cleveland, OH
    • Received a Juris Doctorate
    • Honor Graduate

Past Employment Positions

  • Post-Graduate US Army Judge Advocate General
    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Active Duty Military Prosecutor
    • Served in Operation Desert Storm
    • And the Iraq War in 2003
  •  Prosecutor & Chief District Attorney
    • Sullivan County, NY
    • Oversaw major felony cases
  •  Town Justice
    • Town of Mamakating, Sullivan County, NY
  •  Private Practice Litigator & Trial Attorney
    • Sullivan County, NY
    • Civil, medical malpractice and criminal jury trials
  •  New York State Judge and Surrogate 
    • Sullivan County, NY
    • Presided over negligence cases and jury trials