Originally from Los Angeles, Judge Frank M. Tavelman received his undergraduate degree with honors in both finance and real estate and a minor in economics from California State University, Northridge and his J.D. from Southwestern Law School. Between college and law school, he worked as a commercial lending officer. After passing the bar in 1992, he became in-house counsel at the Capital Group Companies Inc., during which time he became a reserve Los Angeles Police Officer. In 1999, he joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, becoming assigned to the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section in 2006. He ran unsuccessfully for the role of Los Angeles City Attorney in 2001 and then for the State Bar Board of Governors in 2003 and 2004. He was appointed to the bench in 2013 by Governor Jerry Brown and is a democrat.