Court Judge, Michael D. Huppert: District 5C
Court Judge Michael D. Huppert was appointed to the district court bench in
December of 1999 and serves Iowa's 5th Judicial District. He earned
his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Drake University in 1979, and his
law degree from Drake University Law School in 1982, where he was inducted into
the Order of the Coif.
Prior to his appointment to
the bench, Judge Huppert was a partner with the Patterson Law Firm in Des
Moines, where he maintained a general civil litigation practice with emphasis
in insurance defense, commercial litigation, real estate, and debtor-creditor
relations. During his tenure as an
attorney, he was also responsible for managing an asbestos litigation caseload of approximately 1,000 cases in state and
federal court. During his judicial career, Judge Huppert has presided
over a wide range of cases that would currently qualify for inclusion in the
Business Court program, including matters with issues such as breach of commercial contracts, banking
transactions, certification of class actions and, complex insurance coverage
Judge Huppert is a member of
The Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the American
Judicature Society, and the American College of Business Court Judges. He is also a member and former director of
the Iowa Judges Association, and currently serves that organization as the
chair of its Legislative Policy committee.
He is a Master of the Bench and former president of the C. Edwin Moore
American Inn of Court.
Court Judge, Annette J. Scieszinski
Court Judge Annette J. Scieszinski is in her 17th
year serving Iowa's 8th Judicial District. She graduated valedictorian of her class from
Winfield-Mt. Union High School in 1973, graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in
1977, and received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in
1980, where she served on the editorial board of the Iowa Law Review.
practiced law for 15 years in Albia, and was elected Monroe County Attorney for
two terms. She has served in many civic
roles and has been appointed to several state leadership posts, including
President of the Iowa Judges Association in 2004. In her work with the Iowa State Bar
Association, Judge Scieszinski has guided programming
at the statewide Bench-Bar Conference for many years, and continues to be
active on the Board of Directors of the Public Service Project. Judge Scieszinski
brings a broad variety of case and trial management experiences to the business
court, with an emphasis on expeditious and cost effective trial practices.….
is a frequent speaker on professionalism and ethics for lawyers and judges,
both in Iowa and nationally. She
represented Iowa judges at the first National Conference on Public Trust and
Confidence in the Courts. She is an Iowa
delegate to the National Conference of State Trial Judges, has been elected an
officer of that group, and has also chaired the Ethics Committee for the
American Bar Association's Judicial Division.
Court Judge, John D. Telleen
Court Judge John D. Telleen was appointed to the district
court bench in Iowa's 7th Judicial District in April, 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1980
(Political Science Major; cum laude) and
his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law (Juris
Doctorate with Distinction) in 1984.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Telleen
was in private practice with Lane & Waterman, L.L.P., Davenport, Iowa,
serving as an associate from 1984 through 1989 and a partner from 1990 until
primary practice area as an attorney was civil litigation, including personal
injury, medical negligence, environmental insurance coverage, commercial,
asbestos exposure, and broker/dealer litigation, in addition to advising
general business and corporate clients.
A significant focus of his practice became complex insurance coverage
matters in Iowa and other states including Ohio, Wisconsin, California,
Kentucky, Idaho, and Kansas. Judge Telleen became a
certified civil mediator in 1988 and regularly mediated tort, contract, and
current professional associations include the Iowa Judges' Association,
American and Iowa Bar Associations and the Inns of Court. Professional associations while in private
practice included: Induction into Iowa
Academy of Trial Lawyers 2006; American Bar Association; The Iowa State Bar
Association; Scott County Bar Association; Iowa Defense Counsel Association;
Illinois State Bar Association; Rock Island County Bar Association; and
Illinois Defense Counsel Association.