J. Patrick Anderson

Patrick Anderson was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and is a partner at the law firm of Anderson, Lapham & Moore, LLC.  He devotes the majority of his practice to DUI and criminal defense, with the remainder focusing on Family Law and Civil litigation.  He graduated from Dorman High School in 1997, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina in 2002, with a major in Advertising and a minor in Film. Following college, Patrick worked in the real estate, advertising, and marketing fields in Columbia before starting law school in the fall of 2004 at the Charleston School of Law.  In 2007, Patrick received his Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law, and after sitting for the bar exam moved back to Spartanburg to begin a Judicial Clerkship with Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge J. Mark Hayes.  Upon completing his Judicial Clerkship, Patrick began work as an Assistant Solicitor for former Seventh Circuit Solicitor and current U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy.  Patrick’s initial case load focused on General Crimes, with cases ranging from forgery and property crimes to Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill.  Following the General Crimes case load, Patrick became the DUI prosecutor for Spartanburg County.  He was responsible for both Magistrate and General Sessions level charges, ranging from DUI and Failure to Stop for Blue Light to Habitual Traffic Offender and Felony DUI.   Patrick worked as an Assistant Solicitor for 3 ½ years before leaving to open Anderson, Lapham, & Moore, LLC with his 3 law partners.

Bar Admissions:

South Carolina, 2007 – Present


DUI Prosecutor for Spartanburg County 2008 – 2011 / General Crimes Prosecutor 2008 / Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Spartanburg, SC

Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Mark Hayes, Circuit Court Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit, Spartanburg SC;  2007 – 2008

The Honorable Henry F. Floyd, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Spartanburg, SC; Summer Law Clerk 2005

The Rutherford Law Firm, Columbia, SC; Law Clerk 2005

Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors, Columbia, SC; Real Estate Agent 2002


Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina; Juris Doctor 2007
Honors: Deans List

Johannes Keppler University, Linz, Austria; Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration, Summer 2006

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, Major, Advertising; Minor, Film Studies, 2002.

Dorman High School, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1997

Speaking/Teaching Activities:

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Wet Lab for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training: Training Participant

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Training Seminar; DUI Case Law Presenter

South Carolina Magistrates Intensive Training Seminar, Columbia, SC; DUI from the Prosecution Perspective

South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination’s Prosecuting the Impaired Driver Seminar, Anderson, SC: DUI from the Defense Perspective


2013 Spartanburg County Bar Association’s C. Bruce Littlejohn Young Lawyer of the Year

Community Associations: 

Spartanburg Art Museum Board of Directors, Spartanburg Young Professionals Board, Arts X Society Member