Judge Frank Doddato
Judge Frank Doddato ()

Frank Doddato, a one-time Nassau County District Court Judge with a decades-long career in criminal law, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67.

“We have lost an outstanding attorney, distinguished former judge and a tireless advocate for justice, integrity and equality,” Nassau County Administrative Judge Thomas Adams said in a statement sent to the Law Journal.

A Brooklyn native, Doddato obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham University and, in 1973, obtained his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

After being admitted into practice, Doddato went to work for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, where he stayed until he entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney in 1981.

Lauren Doddato, Frank Doddato’s daughter and law clerk for Nassau County Court Judge Terence Murphy, said that the apex of her father’s career was his appointment as a District Court judge, a proud accomplishment for a “boy from Brooklyn,” she said.

Lauren Doddato said her father’s experience as both a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney helped him be a fair arbiter in the cases before him. “He always thought that he was a fair person, because he was a balanced advocate for both sides,” she said.

He served on the bench through 2015 but lost his bid for election to the bench in November after running as a Republican against William Hohauser, a Democrat who obtained 56 percent of nearly 28,000 votes.

Lauren Doddato said her father’s electoral loss left him “supremely disappointed.”

In the last year of his life, Frank Doddato served as counsel to the Nassau County Health Care Corporation’s Board of Directors.

In additional to his daughter, Frank Doddato is survived by his wife, Geraldine, his son Stephen, who is an attorney at Mirotznik & Associates in East Meadow, and his sister, Theresa Zabaldano.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Fairchild and Sons at 1201 Franklin Ave. in Garden City. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, 110 Bryant Ave. in Roslyn.

Frank Doddato, a one-time Nassau County District Court Judge with a decades-long career in criminal law, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67.

“We have lost an outstanding attorney, distinguished former judge and a tireless advocate for justice, integrity and equality,” Nassau County Administrative Judge Thomas Adams said in a statement sent to the Law Journal.

A Brooklyn native, Doddato obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham University and, in 1973, obtained his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School .

After being admitted into practice, Doddato went to work for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, where he stayed until he entered private practice as a criminal defense attorney in 1981.

Lauren Doddato, Frank Doddato’s daughter and law clerk for Nassau County Court Judge Terence Murphy, said that the apex of her father’s career was his appointment as a District Court judge, a proud accomplishment for a “boy from Brooklyn,” she said.

Lauren Doddato said her father’s experience as both a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney helped him be a fair arbiter in the cases before him. “He always thought that he was a fair person, because he was a balanced advocate for both sides,” she said.

He served on the bench through 2015 but lost his bid for election to the bench in November after running as a Republican against William Hohauser, a Democrat who obtained 56 percent of nearly 28,000 votes.

Lauren Doddato said her father’s electoral loss left him “supremely disappointed.”

In the last year of his life, Frank Doddato served as counsel to the Nassau County Health Care Corporation’s Board of Directors.

In additional to his daughter, Frank Doddato is survived by his wife, Geraldine, his son Stephen, who is an attorney at Mirotznik & Associates in East Meadow, and his sister, Theresa Zabaldano.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Fairchild and Sons at 1201 Franklin Ave. in Garden City. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, 110 Bryant Ave. in Roslyn.