Judge Ahlers, Fort Dodge, was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in November 2019. He was appointed to the district associate bench in March of 2011. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Finance degree in 1991 and from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1994. From 1994 to 2008 Judge Ahlers practiced in a private law firm. From 2008 to 2011, he served as claim counsel in the Bond and Financial Products Claim Group for the Travelers Companies. Judge Ahlers is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association.