Judge Heavens, Garnavillo, was appointed to the bench 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 previously served as the Clayton County Attorney from 2011 to 2019 having been elected in 2010 and reelected in 2014 and 2018. Judge Heavens was also previously a partner at a law firm from 2010 to 2019 where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, family law, real estate, estate planning, probate disputes, contracts, and personal injury. He is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and the Clayton County Bar Association. He is married with four children.