Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local news makers and athletes? Who are their mentors and who would they really like to meet?
Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a bay area leader or celebrity. They're fun questions that let you get to know the person.
This week we hear from bay area attorney Joe Episcopo.
Episcopo has been on ABC Action News numerous times weighing in on major legal issues in our community. In fact, he's made appearances and even has been a regular guests on several national shows including Court TV now TruTV, MSNBC, and Nancy Grace to name a few.
The law is not only a career for Episcopo, it is a passion. He said he's been in over 200 jury trials, including 7 death penalty cases.
The crimes range from sex offenses to drug trafficking to post conviction relief.
Episcopo grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended a Catholic school for boys and then moved to New York City where he attended Fordham University.
Episcopo said while he was accepted into Fordham Law School he wanted to change scenery and pursued his degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
From there, Episcopo said he embarked on a great adventure in Ankara, Turkey. Episcopo said he served as a captain and JAG officer for the Air Force.
His job was to assist all US military personnel in trouble.
Episcopo faced some trouble there as well that changed his view on life.
He said one night a sergeant was driving him home to his Turkish apartment, when they were confronted by some violent criminals.
Episcopo said one aimed a machine gun at the sergeant's head, then five criminals jumped in their car and beat them with the butts of their weapon. He thought he would die that night.
The criminals let them go, but Episcopo would encounter them again. Two years later, he testified at their trial, helping to convict them.
From there, Episcopo came back to the US and served as prosecutor, even went into politics before going into private practice.
While Episcopo has seen a great deal of success, he still feels he needs to do more.
Here are ten questions:
1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?
2. Do you have a Smartphone, if so what is your favorite app?
3. Who do you count as a mentor?
Air Force Major Al Rubin who taught me the basics of trying a case. Also, military Judge Mike Wims who helped me perfect my style.
4. What was your very first job?
US Air Force JAG Officer.
5. if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My hasty reaction when I get angry.
6. What do you consider your greatest success.
My skill as a criminal defense trial attorney and ability to comfort my troubled clients.
7. Tell us something about yourself most people don't know.
I am not satisfied with my success even though it appears I have "made it".
8. If you could have dinner with any three people living or dead who would they be?
President Abraham Lincoln, President John F. Kennedy, and General Douglas MacArthur
9. What is in your fridge right now?
Many things fruits vegetables meats sauces condiments bread Starbucks coffee juice ice cream I'm an amateur gourmet chef.
10. If you could have a different career other than what you are doing now what would it be?
A movie star!
I look forward to hearing from you!
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