Judge Elizabeth Davis Frizell is a highly respected and well-known lawyer, judge, and community leader. For the past 2 decades, she has tried and/or presided over hundreds of cases. After receiving her B.A. from Prairie View A&M University and J.D. from Texas Southern University, her legal career entailed working with the Department of Justice, 13 years as a solo practitioner of criminal, family, and juvenile law, presiding judge in the cities of Balch Spring, Lucas, Princeton, and Dallas – including Dallas County Criminal Court 11 (domestic violence court) and most recently Dallas Criminal District Court 7. She retired early from the bench to run as a Democratic Candidate for Dallas County District Attorney, where her diligent fight left her short by 589 votes in the Democratic primary. Now managing her firm, she is back in the community continuing to be the “Voice for the voice-less!”
Judge Frizell understands the challenges & issues victims, defendants, families, and attorneys face. Her experience working with domestic violence and human trafficking victims from her S.T.A.R. Court (Strengthening, Transition, and Recovery) provides a unique insight into the criminalization of victims of abuse. Judge Frizell has been a speaker on domestic violence for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, the Texas Council on Family Violence, the Dallas Bar Association’s Minority Counsel Panel, and the Battered Women Community Education Symposium in Dallas County.
As a graduate of the State Bar Judicial College who was appointed by the Dallas City Council to serve as Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the City of Dallas, Judge Frizell also brings a profound desire to reduce the burden on the Dallas County criminal justice system. She is up for the challenge to tackle progressive issues such as mass incarceration, excessive use of the death penalty, and developing Dallas County’s first Felony Domestic Violence Court. Judge Frizell believes in being FAIR on crime – not tough on crime. Giving a second chance where it is needed, and an appropriate sentence where a second chance is not.
As a community leader, Judge Frizell has served on the Board of Westcoast University, and the Urban League of Dallas, and is also a member of the North Texas Crime Commission, Dallas Junior League, the Dallas Chapter of Jack and Jill, and the Omicron Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was awarded Judge of the year by the J.L. Turner Legal Association, is a Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Life Foundation and was recently honored with the 2017 Outstanding Award for Humanitarian by the National Council of Negro Women. Judge Frizell also conducts legal clinics where she helps the community clear their record of traffic citations and other misdemeanor offenses by providing them with much needed information or free legal advice.
As a LIFELONG Democrat, Judge Frizell’s character is rooted in faith, love, inclusion, and fairness – which is a direct reflection from her upbringing by her parents, a fellow Baptist minister and nurse. Her parents, married for almost 60 years, are wonderful, God-fearing examples of strong pillars in the community. Judge Frizell follows in those deep set footprints with her husband Marvin Frizell and their two well-rounded teenagers. They are also 20 year members of St. John Baptist Church in Grand Prairie – Pastor Denny D. Davis. Judge Frizell also enjoys skiing, running, and cycling along with playing the piano, and loving on her pet rabbit and two dogs.