Judge Denise Andre was elected to General Sessions Court, Division I in 2006. Before becoming Judge she practiced law for 20 years in Franklin. She graduated summa cum laude from East Tennessee State University and attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee. While in law school, she served as Law Clerk for the Fifth Circuit Court in Nashville. In 1985 she graduated from the Nashville School of Law, earning her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree, where she was inducted into the Honorary Society of Cooper’s Inn.
Judge Andre is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Williamson County Bar Association, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference, where she has been three times elected the Middle District Vice-President and is past President of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. Judge Andre is a graduate of the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Franklin.
In 2010, Judge Andre founded the General Sessions Williamson County DUI Court which is an intensive court supervised program for non-violent multiple DUI offenders. The goal of the Williamson County General Sessions DUI Court is to save lives and increase community safety by decreasing the number of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities, DUI arrests and repeat offenses.
Judge Andre is active in the community where she is a member of the Williamson County/Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin Lions Club, and the Heritage Foundation.