Dallas City Attorney

Assistant City Attorney

Senior Prosecutor

Prosecution Division

Rodney Patten joined the Dallas City Attorney's office in 2012, with extensive experience in municipal law and prosecution, including drafting ordinances and resolutions, responding to open records request and advising various city departments, boards and commissions on various municipal law issues.


  • B.S. Mass Communication Lamar University 1994
  • J.D. Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law 2000
  • Ph.D. - Public Affairs University of Texas at Dallas 2010

Affiliations & Activities

  • Dallas and Federal Bar Associations
  • Admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts for the Northern District and Eastern District of Texas and before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas City Attorneys Association
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Individual Municipal Court Prosecutor Merit Certification in Municipal Law, Texas City Attorneys Association, 2008

Prior Experience

  • Assistant City Attorney III and Chief Prosecutor, City of Plano Texas
  • Associate Attorney, Hermes Sargent Bates LLP  
  • Assistant City Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, City of Fort Worth, Texas