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Kellyann M. Lekar

Chief Judge: District 1B

Judge Lekar, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1990 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. She was in private practice prior to her appointment to the bench. Judge Lekar is a member of...

Melissa A. Anderson-Seeber

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Anderson-Seeber was appointed to the bench in 2020. She received her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Business Administration from Viterbo University in 1988 and her law degree from Drake University Law School in 1991. Prior to her appointment, Judge Anderson-Seeber served as Chief Local Public Defender...

Thomas A. Bitter

District Court Judge: District 1A

Judge Bitter, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Loras College in 1993 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1996. Judge Bitter was in private practice in Dubuque prior to being appointed to the bench. He currently serves on...

Joel A. Dalrymple

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Dalrymple, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2012. He was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, and graduated magna cum laude in 1993 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1996, he earned his law degree from Drake University Law School. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge...

Andrea J. Dryer

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Dryer, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 2011. She is a University of Iowa graduate, where she received both her undergraduate degree and law degree. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Dryer had worked in the Waterloo public defender’s office since 2004. Prior to working for...

Linda M. Fangman

District Court Judge: District 1B

Linda M. Fangman was appointed District Court Judge for District 1B in October 2015. Prior to that appointment, Judge Fangman was the Black Hawk County Attorney, an Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney and an Assistant Marshall County Attorney, prosecuting for over 20 years. Judge Fangman earned her JD from Drake...

Alan T. Heavens

District Court Judge: District 1A

Judge Heavens, Garnavillo, was appointed to the bench by Governor Kim Reynolds in February 2019. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, cum laude in 2007 and received his law degree from the same institution in 2010. He was elected as Clayton County Attorney in 2010 and...

David P. Odekirk

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Odekirk is a district court judge in the First Judicial District. He was appointed to the district court bench in 2014 after practicing in Waterloo, Iowa for over 20 years in the areas of civil litigation and trial work involving a wide variety of civil matters. He received his...

Laura J. Parrish

District Court Judge: District 1A

Judge Parrish was appointed to the bench in 2019. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell College in 2001 and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004. Before being appointed to the bench, she worked in private practice for fifteen years at the law firm...

Michael J. Shubatt

District Court Judge: District 1A

Judge Shubatt, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2008. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his undergraduate degree in 1987, and his law degree in 1990. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a shareholder in the Dubuque law firm of Fuerste, Carew, Coyle,...

David F. Staudt

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Staudt, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in 2010. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Iowa, and his law degree in 1993 from Drake University Law School. Judge Staudt was in private practice until joining the Waterloo public defender’s office in 1997 where he...

Richard D. Stochl

District Court Judge: District 1B

District Court Judge, Richard D. Stochl: District 1B Judge Stochl, New Hampton, was appointed to the bench in 2007. He graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University in 1986. He obtained his Law Degree from the University of Iowa in 1989. Prior to his appointment to the bench he...

John J. Sullivan

District Court Judge: District 1B

Judge Sullivan was appointed to the district court bench in December 2021. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1996. Prior to his appointment, Judge Sullivan clerked in Judicial District 1B from 1996-1998, worked as...

Monica Zrinyi Ackley

District Court Judge: District 1A

District Court Judge Monica Zrinyi Ackley, Dubuque, was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 1997 as a magistrate and to the district court bench in 2003. She attended the University of San Diego, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1986 and her law degree in 1990. She worked as...

Patrice J. Eichman

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Eichman was appointed to the bench for Black Hawk county in May 2018. She received her undergraduate degree in 1986 and her JD from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1989. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Eichman served as Assistant Public Defender in the...

Mark T. Hostager

District Associate Judge: District 1A

Judge Hostager, Dubuque, was appointed to the bench in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Luther College. In 1988, he graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and also received a MBA degree. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Hostager taught...

Brook K. Jacobsen

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Jacobsen, was appointed to the bench in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and his law degree from University of Minnesota Law School in 1999. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice from 2002 through 2004. He served as Assistant County attorney for...

Linnea M. Nelson Nicol

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Nicol, West Union, was appointed to the bench in 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from Luther College in 1987 and her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1990. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Nicol served as a Staff Attorney at the Legal...

Stephanie C. Rattenborg

District Associate Judge: District 1A

Judge Rattenborg, Manchester, was appointed to the bench in August of 2013. Prior to her appointment, she served as a magistrate in Delaware County since 1996. Judge Rattenborg graduated from the University of Iowa in 1990 with her bachelor's degree, and earned her law degree from Drake University in 1994....

Robert J. Richter

District Associate Judge: District 1A

Judge Richter, Sherrill, was appointed to the bench in 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University in 2000, and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2003. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Richter was an assistant county attorney in...

Michelle M. Wagner

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Wagner, Waterloo, was appointed to the bench in August 2021. She received her undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in 2001 and her law degree from Drake University Law School in 2004. Prior to her appointment, she worked as an assistant county attorney for Black Hawk county.

William P. Wegman

District Associate Judge: District 1B

Judge Wegman was appointed to the bench in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1991 and his law degree from Drake Law School in 1994. Prior to being appointed to the bench he was in private practice in Des Moines and Charles City. He...

Daniel L. Block

Associate Juvenile Judge: District 1B

Judge Block, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1985. In 1989 he graduated from Creighton University and began his law career serving as assistant Black Hawk county attorney from 1990-1996. He was in private practice from...

Thomas J. Straka

Associate Juvenile Judge: District 1A

Judge Thomas Straka, Peosta, was appointed to serve Dubuque County as a magistrate in 2005, and appointed to the bench as an Associate Juvenile Judge in 2006. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1991, and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law...

John J. Bauercamper

Senior Judge: District 1A

Judge Bauercamper, Waukon, was appointed to the bench in 1986. Born in Cresco, Iowa, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He practiced law privately, as well as serving as Allamakee County attorney...

James D. Coil

Senior Judge: District 1B

Judge Coil, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1986. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he received his bachelor's degree from Simpson College in 1973 and his law degree from Creighton University in 1977. Judge Coil served in the Iowa Air National Guard from 1970 to 1978. After graduating,...

Margaret L. Lingreen

Senior Judge: District 1A

Judge Lingreen, Postville, was appointed to the bench in 1991. She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and received her bachelor's degree from Drake University in 1974. In 1977, she earned her law degree from the same institution. She practiced law with a private firm and served as assistant Allamakee...

Andrew Abbott

Magistrate

Magistrate Andy Abbott was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa in 1998 and his law degree from University of Iowa in 2002. He practices law in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and...

Natalia Blaskovich

Magistrate

Matthew Boleyn

Magistrate

Magistrate Matthew Boleyn was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from Clarke University in 2008 and his law degree from University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2012. He has been in private practice in Dubuque since 2012.

Heather Feldkamp

Magistrate

Magistrate Heather Feldkamp was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota in 1995 and her law degree from Drake University in 1997. She has been self-employed.

Mary Beth Fleming

Magistrate

Magistrate Mary Beth Fleming was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2017. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Xavier University in 1991 and her law degree from University of Iowa in 1995. She has worked in private practice since 1995.

David Hanson

Magistrate

Joseph Haskovec

Magistrate

Magistrate Joseph Haskovec, Lime Springs, was appointed Howard County Magistrate effective April 01, 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree with high honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and his law degree with distinction from the University of Iowa in 1985. He served as Assistant Howard County from...

James Katcher

Magistrate

Magistrate James J. Katcher, Cedar Falls, was appointed to serve in Buchanan County in 2023. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1988. Magistrate Katcher was an associate with a law firm in Ames...

Benjamin Lange

Magistrate

Magistrate Benjamin Lange was appointed to serve Buchanan County in 2013.

Rick Lubben

Magistrate

Magistrate Rick Lubben was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2018. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1980 and his law degree from Drake University in 1983. He has been in private practice in La Porte City since 1983.

Joseph Goodwin Martin

Magistrate

Magistrate Joseph Goodwin Martin was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa in 2004 and his law degree from Drake University in in 2007. He has been in private practice since 2007. Judge Martin is a member of the...

Whitney Middleton

Magistrate

Magistrate Whitney Middleton, Cedar Falls, was appointed to serve Black Hawk County in 2023. She earned her undergraduate degrees from East Carolina University in 2012 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 2015. Magistrate Middleton has been in private practice since 2018 and is a certified family...

Nathaniel Moonen

Magistrate

Magistrate Nathaniel C. Moonen was appointed to serve Winneshiek County in November of 2014. Magistrate Moonen was born and raised in Dubuque County and moved to Winneshiek County in 2011. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has been practicing in the Moonen...

Barry Mueller

Magistrate

Magistrate Barry S. Mueller, Postville, was appointed to serve Allamakee County in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1976 and his law degree from Drake University in 1980. He practices law in Iowa and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and Judicial...

Emilie Roth Richardson

Magistrate

Magistrate Richardson was appointed to serve Dubuque County in 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Iowa in 1998 and her law degree in 2004. Magistrate Richardson has been in private practice since 1998.

Christin Skilton

Magistrate

Magistrate Christine B. Skilton was appointed to serve Chickasaw County in 1993. She received her undergraduate degree in 1980 and her law degree in 1983, both from Drake University. Magistrate Skilton practiced law in Kentucky and Virginia, and returned to Iowa in 1992 to join Cronin, Skilton & Skilton, P.L.L.C....

Justin Vorwald

Magistrate

Magistrate Justin Vorwald, Elkader, was appointed to serve as Clayton County Magistrate in 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree from Loras College in 2007 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2010. Magistrate Vorwald is also in private practice in Elkader. He is a member of the...

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