Mr. Eldridge was educated at the University of Tennessee, receiving
his undergraduate degree in 1982. He graduated from the Wake Forest
University School of Law, cum laude, in 1986. While there, he served as
the Editor-in-Chief of its law review publication. Following graduation,
he served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United
States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Mr. Eldridge began the private practice of law in 1987, joining
Ritchie, Fels & Dillard in 1988, where in 1992 he became a partner.
In 2003, Mr. Eldridge established the law firm of Eldridge &
Blakney, P.C. where he serves as the managing partner. He has devoted
his practice to the representation of individuals and organizations
facing criminal investigation and prosecution for 27 years.
Mr. Eldridge has received the highest rating awarded by Martindale –
Hubbell (AV) for the last seventeen (17) years and is a graduate of the
National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. He is Board
Certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial
Advocacy. He has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best
Lawyers in America since 2006, was named as Lawyer of the Year for
Knoxville in Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar for 2011, and received
the same honor for Criminal Defense: White Collar for 2014. Mr.
Eldridge has been selected for inclusion among the top 100 lawyers in
Tennessee in the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine since 2006.
He has taught at continuing legal education seminars hosted by the
American Bar Association (ABA), the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Bureau of National Affairs, the Tennessee
Bar Association (TBA), the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers (TACDL), the Institute for Continuing Legal Education for
Georgia, the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), and others. He has also
published instructional articles in ABA, NACDL, TBA, TACDL, and KBA
Mr. Eldridge has also lectured overseas at the University of Jordan
in Amman, Jordan where he presented a discussion of the Implications of
World Wide Media Coverage of the Criminal Justice System.
He is the past Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Criminal
Justice Section, is a member of TACDL, a Life Member of NACDL, and is
past president of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. Mr.
Eldridge is a Past President of the Knoxville Bar Association. He was
inducted as a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation in 2007 and as
a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation in 2008. He was inducted as a
Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2013.