Lario Sr.

FRANK M. LARIO SR. was born on February 22, 1907 in Pennsylvania to Rocco and Mary Lario. His parents had been born in Italy. Rocco Lario had come to America in 1898, Mary Lario coming in 1906. The Larios lived in Pennsylvania, where children Frank and Mary were born. The family came to Camden around 1910, and other children followed. The Lario family was living at 353 Pine Street at the time of the 1920 census. Rocco Lario owned a fruit and produce business in Camden. 

Frank M. Lario was a 1930 graduate of the South Jersey Law School in Camden. A gifted artist, he drew several sketches for The Archive, the school yearbook. He graduated with many who went on to careers of note, including Mary Walsh Kobus, Edward V. Martino, and Benjamin Asbell

After working for Samuel P. Orlando, who would serve as County Prosecutor, he eventually set up his own law practice, which in 1947 was at 709 Market Street in Camden. Success came to him, and in that year he was living with wife Marie on Tavistock Boulevard in Haddonfield NJ., 

His brother Anthony M. Lario was also an attorney, and joined his brother in practice after passing the New Jersey Bar. Another brother, Charles Lario, had studied for the bar, but passed away while still attending law school, in January of 1940. In 1954 the Larios represented the American Dental Association in a libel suit. The brothers then had offices at 724 Market Street in Camden. The law firm relocated in the early 1970s Haddonfield NJ.

Frank M. Lario Sr. passed away in June of 1979.

His son, Frank M. Lario Jr. was appointed as Judge to Superior Court of the State of New Jersey in 1993, by then-governor James M. Florio. Frank Lario Jr. served first in the Civil and Family Divisions of Superior Court in Camden County before joining the Criminal Division in 1997, and was elevated to the Appellate Division in July of 2003. 

The Archive
South Jersey Law School Yearbook


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The Archive - South Jersey Law School Yearbook - 1930

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Camden Evening Courier December 4, 1930

Rollie Waterhouse - Ralph Endt - Joseph McKenna - Samuel P. Orlando
Frank Lario - Hotel Camden

Camden Courier-Post - October 13,1931


Counsel for Henry Luellowitz, 28, lof Los Angeles, who was arrested here last June after posing as Floyd Gibbons, will seek his freedom from the county jail today in application for a writ of habeas corpus before Judge Samuel M. Shay.

 Frank Lario, attorney representing Luellowitz, said yesterday he would seek the writ on the ground there is no proof that his client aided and abetted in the escape of Albert Rumford, alleged bandit, from the jail several weeks ago. Sheriff E. Frank Pine charged Luellowitz sang and made other noises near, Rumford's cell to prevent jailors from hearing hacksaw blades the fugitive used.

Luellowitz was ordered by Police Judge Garfield Pancoast to pay $100 fine or spend three months in the county jail for posing as Gibbons, the famous radio entertainer. Luellowitz has been in the jail since June 13. His term on the city charged ended September 12, but there are two detainers against him, one placed by Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin on Sheriff Pine's charge, and the other from Connecticut, where he is charged with failing to pay a hotel bill.

Camden Courier-Post - October 21,1931

'Gibbons' Free After 46 Days 'Extra Time'
Judge Shay Calls Holding of Impersonator An Outrage

Declared to have been illegally detained in Camden County jail, Henry Luellowitz, 28, of Los Angeles, who posed as Floyd Gibbons, was ordered released yesterday by Judge Samuel M. Shay.

A writ of habeas corpus, served at the office of Sheriff E. Frank Pine, charged Luellowitz had been kept prisoner 46 days after his 90-day sentence had expired. The man was sentenced June 13, by Police Court Judge Pancoast, on a charge of im­personating the famed radio announcer after his arrival here by plane.     

He was detained following expiration of his sentence, on a detainer from New Haven, Connecticut, where he was accused of having defaulted payment of a hotel bill.

According to Rocco Palese, assistant prosecutor, and Chief of County Detectives Lawrence T. Doran, Luellowitz was held in connection with an investigation of the escape from jail of Albert Rumford, 23, of Philadelphia. The latter cut his way from a cell adjoining Luellowitz last August 17.

Wanted Poster for Albert Rumford - August 1931

Calls Case Outrage

In dismissing the prisoner, Judge Shay declared the case was "an outrage," ruling that the man was kept "through somebody's oversight." Luellowitz criticized the prosecutor's office upon his release, saying his detention was occasioned by his refusal to "become a goat in the investigation of Rumford's escape." He praised prison attaches and Warden Edmund B. Powell, for treatment accorded him in the jail.

Frank M. Lario, attorney, who started proceedings to affect Luellowitz' release, told Judge Shay yesterday that the man had been detained without a hearing after his sentence had expired. He charged that following service of the writ last week, Luellowitz was rushed by county detectives to the office of Peter J. Wallace, justice of the peace, and then recommitted to his cell.

Judge Shay sent for Justice of the Peace Wallace who admitted he ordered the man's commitment after a hearing at which only the detectives appeared as witnesses.

The jurist declared he was convinced Luellowitz had been kept in jail through oversight of someone.

"The New Haven authorities have had ample time to come for the man. I don't care now whether they want him or not. This man cannot be punished for some one's negligence. I order his release immediately."

Says He Was 'Goat'

Following his dismissal, Luellowitz said he had been questioned about the escape of Rumford, alleged bandit, for whose capture the county has offered a $200 reward. Luellowitz and another inmate were said to have made noise while the jailbreak was being made.

"It's an outrage, the way I was treated by the prosecutor's office. Warden Powell and the jailers were mighty nice but the prosecutor and sheriff wanted to have a goat when that guy escaped and I was the first one they reached for.

"But I wasn't going to let them make a goat of me. It wasn't my fault if they didn't have enough jailors there and they couldn't blame me if that guy got away."

Assistant Prosecutor Palese said Luellowitz was detained because he was suspected of having aided Rumford to escape. He admitted the man was not legally committed.

Camden Courier-Post - October 23, 1931



Samuel M. Shay - Liberty Street - Rocco Palese - Frank Lario
Charles B. Kay - Reino Thompson - Henry Mallet

Camden Courier-Post
October 23, 1931


Camden Courier-Post - June 7, 1933

Police Judge Then Holds Two Camden Suspects Without Bail

After refusing defense counsel's request that the city police bare their evidence, Police Judge Pancoast yesterday held two suspects without bail in the recent $11,790 Radio Condenser Company holdup and two other youths as material witnesses.

Frank M. Lario, attorney for the quartet, appeared in police court yesterday with William McDonald, court stenographer, and declared he wanted the police through witnesses on the stand, to reveal what evidence they have in the robbery.

But when Judge Pancoast asked Lario if he was willing to have the prisoners submit to cross examination by the court the attorney refused. Judge Pancoast thereupon declared that the formal complaints against the defendants were sufficient to establish a prima facie case, that no hearing was necessary and that the police therefore were not obliged to disclose any testimony.

Leroy Jenkins, 23, and, Joseph Putek, 23, who gave addresses at 1113 Mechanic Street and 1212 Lansdowne Avenue, respectively, were committed to the county jail without bail on charges of holdup and robbery. They pleaded not guilty.

Those held as material witnesses were Leon Grenkwicz, 18, of 1469 Louis Street, and Stanley Geda, 19, of 1273 Whitman Avenue. Lario pointed out they were in jail when the holdup occurred but, Judge Pancoast said he would hold them for the prosecutor's office which would probably fix bail for them.

City Detective Benjamin Simon, who signed the complaints, stated prior to the hearing that he has obtained information from North Jersey which is vital to his investigation of the robbery. But he would not reveal its nature.

None of the money stolen by the bandits, who herded 11 persons in a vault after forcing one of them to open the safe containing the payroll, has been recovered by the police. 

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933

Avis Halts Deportation Because U. S. Agent Erred

Because the U. S. commissioner of immigration erred, Judge John Boyd Avis yesterday refused to approve the deportation of a Pennsauken Township man because he had been convicted of assault and battery.

The commissioner had ordered Pasquale Santinello, 30, deported because he served two out of three year's sentence in Philadelphia 13 years ago for assault.

Frank M. Lario, counsel for Santinello, opposed the deportation, declaring the commissioner failed to mention the conviction in the order. He further contended Santinello was "lured" to the prosecutor's office by detectives and was later taken into custody by an immigration inspector.

Judge Avis conditionally released Santinello arid gave the commissioner 30 days in which to institute new proceedings. If he fails, Avis said he would permanently release Santinello. Assistant U. S. District Attorney Oliver Randolph represented the government.


August 6, 1935

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August 29, 1935

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Joseph De Luca
Frank Travaline
Dr. A. Di Ielsi
Rocco Palese
John DiMona
Dr. Pasquale J. Chinappi
Dr. John Del Duca
Frank Lario
Joseph Bantivoglio
Circalo Italiano of Camden




Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1935

The Eagle Fire Hall, Erial road and Clearview avenue, Pine Hill, will be the scene of a huge  Democratic rally and mass meeting tonight when state, county and local candidates and workers will  address the voters.

Included among the local candidates who will speak are George F. Seib, for mayor; George  McWilliams and Eldridge Scott, for borough council, three years; and John M. Ashenfelder, for  borough council, un-expired term, and Mrs. Lillian Scott. Seib, who will act as chairman of the  meeting, and Mrs. Scott are members of the Democratic county committee from Pine Hill.

The county candidates who will speak include Francis G. Homan, for state senator; Anthony F.  Marino, for Assembly; Albert S. Marvel, Jr., for sheriff; Victor J. Scharle, for register of deeds; Ernest Dubin, Frank J. Suttill, Frank M. Lario, and others..

Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1936


Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1938


The auxiliary to the Camden Optimists Club held its annual banquet on Tuesday evening. Frank M. Lario, president of the Optimists, was the principal speaker. Mrs. Frank Lario sang several selections. Mrs. B. Bernard is president of the group.

Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1938

Firemen of Berlin Township 'Strike' for More Insurance

Withdrawal of all fire protection, unless additional insurance coverage is granted volunteer firemen, was the ultimatum served last night upon Berlin township committee.

The "strike" against public welfare was polled before the township committee last night when 15 firemen of 22 in the company stood up in answer to a question by John Mezza, chairman of the committee, as to the number who would not answer a fire alarm if the additional insurance was not provided immediately.

The committee met in special session to consider demands of the firemen for more adequate insurance. Recently James M. Adams, a fireman, suffered loss of teeth and received only $15 insurance from a towltship group policy to cover a $65 bill.

Firemen demanded insurance which would provide $25 weekly in disability insurance, a.s well as $25 for hospitalization and $2000 for death. The present group insurance allows only $15 for disability and $1000 for death.

Firemen's Ultimatum

De Mezza and Committeemen Louis T. Weber informed the firemen a budget was pending and that immediate additional coverage could not be granted, but that their demand would be met later.

This, however, did not satisfy the firemen.

Joseph Schaffer, as spokesman, arose and said: "If we don't get this double protection, from now on there will be no fire service forthcoming."

"We have no emergency appropriation to meet an immediate demand," De Mezza said.

T. Phillips Brown, a lawyer, acting as legal adviser to the firemen, suggested the "insurance be placed since three months is allowed for payment of premium."

"Did you advise these men to take this attitude?" De Mezza asked. 

Accused of Unfairness

Before Brown could answer, Sehaffer said: "No. Our members have had this in mind since last September or October."

"It is not fair to stick up the committee like this," said De Mezza. "The committee has always gone as far as it could in helping the fire company."

Frank M. Lario, solicitor, then advised the committee it had no right to spend money not provided for and that it could not meet the demand of $242 for premium on additional insurance.

De Mezza. then informed the firemen that additional protection could not be obtained until the budget was passed with provisions included.

"Until we get what's coming to us the only fire I'll attend is one in my own kitchen," declared Adams.

Meeting In Deadlock

Brown then suggested the committee pass a motion guaranteeing issuance of the additional insurance coverage to the men.

"Can't you take the committee's assurance that it will?" Lario asked. "If the firemen refused to answer a call, it is an illegal act in violation of their oath. If they want to fight the committee I'll recommend that no insurance coverage is given."

This ended the meeting with firemen refusing to withdraw their threat to strike against any response to fire alarms.

John H. Carberry, fire chief, after the meeting declared himself against the strike.

"The men apparently have been ill-advised," he said, "and their attitude is no good to anyone. It doesn't meet with my approval. As far as I know the township always has tried to co-operate with the fire company.".

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1938

Camden Man Wins Delay in Deportation
Stanley Granted Writ by Judge Avis After Removal to Ellis Island

Richard Stanley, 5, of 768 Line Street, went to bed in the best of spirits last night.

For his mother, Gertrude, 39, had promised him "Daddy will be back tomorrow." 

Meantime a last minute effort was being made to prevent the deportation of his father Richard, Sr., 40.

The elder Stanley is being held by immigration authorities at Ellis Island. He is due to be deported to Scotland on the S. S. Cameronia at 5 p.m. today.

If the ship sails Mrs. Stanley says both she and her child will be destitute. She has appealed that he might remain in Camden and support his family.

Immigration Commissioner James L. Hughes, Gloucester, said Stanley was delivered to Ellis Island immigration depot at noon yesterday and a writ of habeas corpus issued by Federal Judge John Boyd Avis yesterday afternoon was served on him later in the day by Frank M. Lario, counsel for Stanley.

According to the government Stanley arrived in Camden from Scotland in September, 1923, as a steamship steward. The government charges he left the ship at Montreal and entered this country by way of Niagara Falls and joined a first wife in Jersey City. That wife divorced him in 1924.

Stanley, said he married a second time on July 19, 1929, and moved to Westville. Later the family moved to the Camden address, Stanley was arrested on August 12 last, year for entering the country illegally. He was released on September 27 with instructions to leave the country voluntarily by November 30.

Near the deadline for leaving he asked for an extension of time, which was granted. He was arrested again on February 4.

Lario went to the home of Judge Avis in Woodbury, where the jurist is ill, and obtained a writ of habeas corpus, which is returnable for argument on February 12.

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1938

Camden Courier-Post
July 28, 1941

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Camden Courier-Post * May 16, 1950

Benjamin Dzick - Anthony M. Lario - John R. DiMona - E. George Aaron - Mitchell H. Cohen
Rocco Lario - Frank M. Lario - Dr. David S. Rhone - Chris Miller - Pine Street - North 35th Street