Fred Dardis has over four decades of legal experience in private practice and in the court system. He was a family law and criminal defense attorney and has served as the Pima County Public Defender, City of Tucson magistrate, and Superior Court Commissioner. Fred has extensive experience in the courtroom as both a lawyer and a judge. He brings a unique set of legal skills to the Khalidi Law Firm and helps our family law clients best prepare for their courtroom experience.
Frederic J. Dardis, a native Tucsonian, received his undergraduate degree in Latin from the University of Arizona in 1966. Upon graduation, he served two years in Belize, Central America as a Peace Corps volunteer. He returned to Tucson and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1971. Fred’s began his law career with Southern Arizona Legal Aid Society, where he directed the south side office. He left Legal Aid to become director of the Neighborhood Law Office, a Model Cities Project at the University of Arizona Law School. In 1973, Fred became a trial attorney at the Pima County Legal Defender’s office. He left this position in 1979 to serve as Magistrate in the City Court of the City of Tucson. He served on the bench for two years. In 1981, he was appointed the Pima County Public Defender.
In 1986, Fred resigned as the Pima County Public Defender. He entered private practice with attorney Tom Hippert and practiced criminal, family and personal injury law. In 1999, Fred was appointed as a Commissioner of the Superior Court, mainly assigned to the Family Law Bench. He retired from the Bench in February 2013.
In 2015, Fred joined the Khalidi Law Firm, where he consults on family law cases. He provides legal and judicial analysis and advice for these cases to prepare our clients to give their best presentation in the courtroom.
Fred has received numerous awards in recognition of his commitment to our community. In 1997, he was named the Pima County Volunteer Attorney of the year. In 2000, he was named the National Child Support Commissioner of the Year, as well as the State Judicial Officer of the year for Child Support. In 2001, Commissioner Dardis was honored with the Arizona Judicial Officer of the Year award, the first ever commissioner so honored. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Volunteer Lawyer Program.
He has presented at numerous local and national seminars in legal areas of child custody, parental relocation, domestic violence, and child support.
Fred has an extensive background working with nonprofits. He has sat on numerous boards, including the Ronald McDonald House, Child and Family Services, the Girl Scouts, Desert Voices, and the Volunteer Lawyer Advisory Board. He is currently serving on the Board of the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.
Areas of Consultation
Divorce and Family Law
Child Custody and Visitation
Arizona Bar Association, 1971
U.S. Federal District Court, 1971
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1971
U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
Juris Doctorate – University of Arizona Law School, 1971
Bachelor of Arts – University of Arizona, 1966
Leadership , Membership & Honors
Family Law Attorney of the Year, Pima County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Program, 1997
National Child Support Commissioner of the Year, 2000
State Judicial Officer of the Year for Child Support, 2000
Distinguished Service Award, Arizona Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2007
Foundation for Justice Award for Legal Services and Education, 2008
William Reece Smith Jr. Special Services to Pro Bono Award from the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals, 2010