Maxime (Max) A. Frias was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1953 and has resided in Norfolk- Virginia Beach since 1954 when his father, serving in the U.S. Navy was transferred back to Norfolk.
Max received his education through the Norfolk Public School System attending Ocean View Elementary, Northside Junior High School and Granby High School where he graduated in 1971. He attended his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University but transferred to Old Dominion University so that he could help with his parent’s business of operating a Filipino grocery store which began in 1967.
Max is proud that his parents had the vision and fortitude of operating their own grocery store, the first in this area. Max’s parents were able to send Max and his brothers and sisters to college.
Max graduated summa cum laude from ODU in 1975 with a degree in political science. He attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and graduated in 1978. Max is the first Filipino American to be accepted and graduate from the oldest law school in the United States.
Max practiced law from 1978 – 2009.
Max is proud to have served the community as a legal advisor to many Filipino-American organizations
- Filipino Women’s Club of Tidewater, Inc.
- Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater
- United Ilocano Association of Tidewater
- Pangasinan Association of Virginia
- Philippine Medical Association of Southeastern Virginia
- University of Santo Tomas, Alumni Association of Hampton Roads
- 1985 Served as campaign manager of Conrado (Dick) B. Dabu, first Filipino American to run for
- Norfolk City Council
- 1988 -92 Member, Second District Democratic Committee
- Former Board of Trustee - FANHS
In 2002, Max was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the Board of Professional and Occupation Regulation and served as Chairman of the Board from 2006-2008.