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Iowa Court of Appeals Chief Judge David Danilson to Retire

November 14, 2018

Iowa Court of Appeals Chief Judge David R. Danilson, Pleasant Hill, announced his retirement. Judge Danilson, will retire January 4, 2019. He was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 2009.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Iowa as a member of the Iowa judiciary for more than thirty years,” Chief Judge Danilson said. “And I hope to continue to serve as a senior judge for the Iowa Court of Appeals."

Chief Judge Danilson was born in Perry, Iowa, and raised on a farm north of Woodward. He earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1976. He graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 1979.

Chief Judge Danilson was in private practice in Boone from 1980 to 1987 and during this time served as judicial hospital referee and judicial magistrate. He was appointed to the district associate bench in the Second Judicial District of Iowa in 1987. He was appointed to the district court bench in 1997 and served two years as assistant chief district judge of the second judicial district until his appointment to the court of appeals. He was selected chief judge of the Iowa Court of Appeals in December 2013. He is a member of The Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Judges Association. Chief Judge Danilson is married and has five children.

Under Iowa law, the vacancy that will occur upon Chief Judge Danilson's retirement will be filled by the Governor's appointment from a list of three nominees the State Judicial Nominating Commission will submit.

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