Judge Patrick Dandridge is currently the Judge of Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court. He is endorsed by Judge Larry Potter, the retired Judge who created the court over 33 years ago. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Dandridge was the Deputy Director of Public Works, Neighborhood Improvement Department and Director of the City of Memphis Code Enforcement Department for over 2 years. Before becoming the Deputy Director, Judge Dandridge was a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Memphis, assigned to the Division of Public Works. Judge Dandridge has worked in the area of blight, code enforcement and other environmental concerns for 15 years. The Judge of Shelby County Environmental Court requires a unique and specific background in environmental issues which makes Judge Dandridge exceptionally qualified to remain as the Environmental Court Judge.
Judge Dandridge was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from Central High School in 1983. Judge Dandridge attended and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government in 1987; Georgetown University Law Center with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1991; and Christian Brothers University with a Masters in Business Administration in 2012. He is currently licensed to practice law in both the states of Tennessee and Pennsylvania. He has been a City Attorney for the City of Memphis for over 18 years and has practiced law for over 25 years.
As Deputy Director and City Attorney, Judge Dandridge implemented multiple policies and strategies to address the growing problem of blight in the City of Memphis. Judge Dandridge represented the City of Memphis in court litigation from inverse condemnation proceedings to nuisance actions. As a City Attorney, he developed a condemnation process that resulted in a more effective and speedy demolition process. He also created a rotational system for grass and demolition vendors that allowed small businesses to become major contractors with the City of Memphis. Judge Dandridge was among the first City Attorneys to begin filing Neighborhood Preservation Act Lawsuits in Environmental Court against owners of neglected and dilapidated structures in Memphis. He also assisted in the drafting of the Vacant Property Registry requiring owners of vacant properties to register with the City of Memphis. Judge Dandridge provided legal advice to the Code Enforcement Department concerning housing code policies and practices and he assisted in the revision of the City of Memphis Housing Ordinance. As Director of Code Enforcement, he reorganized the Code Enforcement Department and implemented a system of accountability resulting in a reduction in the total number of service requests and a quicker initial response time to complaints.
Judge Dandridge has been married for 24 years to his wife, Phyllis, and is the proud father of three children: Lauren, who is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, Alyssa who is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina and Patrick, Jr, who is a sophomore at Arkansas State University. With continued service to the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Judge Dandridge wants to ensure that all children will be excited to call Memphis a beautiful place to live.