George Alphonse Frilot III, 89, died peacefully at Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary, Florida, on Friday, January 12, 2024.
He was born to Muriel M. Frilot and George A. Frilot, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 9, 1934. George was proud to have been educated by the Jesuits and graduated from both Jesuit High School and Loyola University, where he received his undergraduate degree in Arts, as well as his Law degree. George married Jane A. Trepagnier (deceased) and Stella M. Howard (deceased).
He is survived by his children, Wendy A. Daboval (Dan), James M. Frilot (Kim), Brandy J. Roberts and Whitney C. Frilot (Carly), his brother Donald J. Frilot (Ursula) and his grandchildren, Dwight Daboval, Dorothy Daboval, Robert Daboval (Catherine) and Courtney Frilot.
One of the proudest moments in his life was when, as a high school student, he was presented an award in the White House by President Harry S. Truman for a national essay contest he won, entitled “I Speak For Democracy”. He spent the day following President Truman around as he conducted regular business. George served during the Vietnam War in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer, 1st Lieutenant stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA and Ft. Sheridan, IL. After graduating first in his class at Loyola Law School, inspired by his father, who received his law degree from Tulane University, he began his legal career at Lemle, Kelleher, Kohlmeyer and Matthews.
George practiced Maritime Law, Chaired the Admiralty Section and eventually became a Managing Partner. At the age of 60, he started a new litigation law firm, Frilot, Partridge, Kohnke & Clements, along with 22 other lawyers from his old firm. After his retirement, the firm continued to honor his name, leadership and contributions to its success, as Frilot, LLC. George was widely regarded as one of the finest trial lawyers in the United States. His litigation skills and brilliant handling of a long line of mass disaster maritime, environmental and energy industry cases became legendary. Over the course of over 50 years of practice, he tried cases in 23 states and participated in proceedings in 2 foreign countries.
He was a member of many Bar associations and professional organizations, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 1959, he was admitted as an attorney and counselor to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Between the years 1999 – 2008 he was listed as Chambers USA Best Lawyer in America and Louisiana Super Lawyer several times, and was awarded the Leadership in Law Award by City Business in 2006. He retired at the age of 72. He lived most of his life in New Orleans, moved to Waveland, MS in 1981 and relocated to Wimberley, TX after hurricane Katrina. He spent the last 6 years of his life near his son in Lake Mary, FL.
George began playing tennis at a young age and honed his skills in high school and college. Tennis became his passion and he dedicated a significant portion of his life to achieving the same proficiencies and successes in tennis that he enjoyed in practicing law. At the age of 49, George worked closely and daily with his good friend and coach at the time, Ron Holmberg, with the goal of becoming a top singles player in the world. Roughly a year and a half later, George was ranked in the top 5 players in Men’s Singles 50 and Over World Tennis. His tennis career is marked with multiple titles and awards across both singles and doubles competition. He received Silver Balls for reaching the finals in four USTA National Championships in 1985, 1996, 1997 and 2009, a year in which he was inducted into the Louisiana Tennis Association Hall of Fame. “George was a great lawyer, an amazing tennis player and if you got a chance to get to know him, he was an extremely nice man.” The night before Ron recently underwent a medical procedure, George offered words of comfort and assurance that he would pray for Ron. George passed away the next day.
He will be greatly missed. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Friday, February 2, at 2 p.m.
A visitation will begin at noon until service time. Reception to follow at Metairie Country Club at 580 Woodvine Avenue from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Gratitude to Miles Clements and Ron Holmberg for contributions to George’s obituary acknowledgements, and to Frilot, LLC for hosting the reception.