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James Frolik, a veteran San Francisco attorney and law professor, died at home Aug. 30. He was 81. In addition to a distinguished legal career, Frolik was also a serious tennis player. He twice played in the Wimbledon tennis tournament and was on the Stanford University and Oxford University tennis teams. He continued to be a ranked senior tennis player in Northern California well into his seventies. At his birthday party in June, Frolik reminisced about beating Jim Evert, tennis star Chris Evert’s father, in a tournament, said Martin Schainbaum, a former assistant U.S. attorney and close friend of Frolik’s. “I knew him to be an honorable man, and a brilliant lawyer representing the highest ideals,” Schainbaum said. “He was a good lawyer and a good person — a rare combination.” After studying Japanese at the University of Michigan, Frolik served in U.S. Army Intelligence in Tokyo after World War II. “One time, when he was about 60 miles outside Tokyo, his car stalled and would only drive in reverse” remembered his son, Jim Frolik. “He had a meeting in Tokyo, so he drove the 60 miles in reverse.” After his stint in the military he returned to Stanford University. While there, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he earned his law degree. After Oxford, Frolik returned to Stanford to attend law school. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1954, Frolik joined Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro where he spent the early years of his career before starting his own law firm. One of his fellow associates at Pillsbury in the 1950s, current San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp, said he and Frolik had remained friends over the last 46 years. “We left Pillsbury at the same time to start our own firms,” he said. “[Frolik] was one of the most even tempered, insightful and tenacious attorneys I knew.” During his career, Frolik also taught courses in international business transactions and tax at Hastings College of the Law and Golden Gate University School of the Law. Frolik received the Distinguished Service Award from the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco for his efforts as its co-founder in 1965. In the 1970s the American Bar Association selected him to join the first delegation of American lawyers to travel to China after the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations. He spoke four languages. Frolik is survived by his wife Ashka, son Jim, who is an attorney with Shartsis, Friese & Ginsburg in San Francisco, stepdaughter Gina, and sister Anne Frolik Adams. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco. Donations may be made to the Czech Mission, 300 Taft Ave., Orange, CA 92865.

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