Discovery with Priscilla Frisby
Priscilla Frisby on kind-of-drunk defendants, her love of music and why she doesn’t argue with fools
Published in 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers magazine
on April 23, 2018
Updated on October 3, 2019
My nickname is … Prisi or Frisby.
I can’t go a day without … music.
If you were in my office, you’d … probably get hot—I keep it warm. But you would definitely enjoy the view of downtown Tucson.
The lawyers I most admire are … Jesus Romo Vejar and Isabel Garcia for their passion and dedication to fighting for justice, especially for minorities; as well as Jim Nesci, the DUI guru.
When I started, I wish I knew … that it was OK not to know everything.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a court interpreter. Spanish is my first language and I am a qualified court interpreter.
When I win a case, I celebrate by … usually getting right back to work.
I almost quit the law because … my dad almost died during my first semester in law school. I was going to withdraw and re-enroll, but it was too late in the semester to get tuition reimbursement and not hurt my grade-point average. Plus, my dad wanted me to continue in school, so I stuck it out.
The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … Sonia Sotomayor, because she is an inspiration to me as a Mexican female.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … immigration law.
My most bizarre talent is … a weird ability to remember phone numbers after hearing them only once or twice—although it was way better when I was younger.
The talent I wish I had is … to speak any language.
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … a judge asked an out-of-custody defendant, “Are you drunk right now?” and the defendant answered, “Not really.” PBT came back 0.08 BAC.
My earliest memory is … playing with my cousins at my grandma’s house.
My favorite song lyric is … “A wise man told me, don’t argue with fools/ Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who”—”Takeover” by JAY-Z.
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … my father, Tia Martha and Tio Fausto—family members who have passed away.
If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Jay Leno. But we would make it a late-night show because I am not a morning person.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Black Mirror on Netflix.
If I had a time machine, I would … go back to before my dad got Alzheimer’s and pick his brain a lot more than I did.
My favorite word is … yes/sí.
My least-favorite word is … I don’t have any. Every word exists to express something.
The most annoying thing about my job is … when I’m not given an opportunity to speak.
My courtroom walk-up song would be … “Numb/Encore” by JAY-Z and Linkin Park.
My motto is … “Everything happens for a reason.”