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Jeffrey L. Larson

Chief Judge: District 4

Chief Judge Larson, Harlan, was appointed to the bench in 2003 and became Chief Judge due to the retirement of Judge Charles L. Smith III. He earned his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1985. He has been in private practice as well as serving as Shelby County...

Richard H. Davidson

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Davidson, Clarinda, was appointed to the bench in 2009. He attended Drake University where he earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1981 and a Juris Doctorate in 1984. He then moved to Washington D.C. where he served as a Trial Attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission until...

Craig M. Dreismeier

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Craig M. Dreismeier, Council Bluffs, is appointed to the bench as District Court Judge as of October 19, 2018. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1989. In 1992, Judge Dreismeier earned his law degree from Creighton...

James S. Heckerman

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Heckerman, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench in 1996. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and earned his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1972. In 1974 he graduated with his law degree from Creighton University. He worked in private practice, as assistant Pottawattamie County attorney,...

Michael D. Hooper

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Hooper was appointed to the bench in January 2019. He and his family live in Atlantic, Iowa. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Hooper was the Cass County attorney. In private practice, he worked primarily as a criminal defense attorney. He graduated with a BA in Sociology...

Kathleen A. Kilnoski

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Kilnoski, Council Bluffs, was appointed as District Court Judge January 9, 2009 and served as District Associate Judge since 1996. She was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and attended Grinnell College. After graduating with her bachelor's degree in 1981, she went on to earn her law degree from University...

Margaret Popp Reyes

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Reyes, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench on October 19, 2018. Margaret “Maggie” Popp Reyes is a 1993 graduate of Creighton University School of Law and a 1990 graduate of Creighton University. Maggie has worked as an Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney in charge of the office’s Civil Division...

Greg W Steensland

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Steensland, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench October 7, 2005. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1973 and his law degree from Drake University in 1976. He was in private practice for fifteen years and served in the public defender's...

Amy Zacharias

District Court Judge: District 4

Judge Zacharias, Logan, was appointed to the bench December 18, 2015. She received her BSBA from Creighton University in 1998 and her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 2001, Magna Cum Laude. She clerked for Judge John Irwin with the Nebraska Court of Appeals from 2001 to...

Jennifer A. Benson

District Associate Judge: District 4

Judge Benson, Crescent, was appointed to the bench on May 3, 2019. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 2002 and her Juris Doctorate from Drake University School of Law in 2005. Judge Benson served as a law clerk for the Second Judicial District from 2005...

Charles D. Fagan

District Associate Judge: District 4

Judge Fagan, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench January 30, 2009. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1988 and received his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University in 1995. Judge Fagan worked at the State of Iowa Public Defender's Office until his appointment to the bench. He serves...

Eric J. Nelson

District Associate Judge: District 4

Judge Nelson, Council Bluffs, graduated with his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska in 2001. He received his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 2005. His past experience includes private practice from 2006-2010 and working for the Public Defender's Office from 2010 until his appointment to the District...

Scott D. Strait

District Associate Judge: District 4

Judge Strait, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench as of August 10, 2018. He received his Bachelor's degree from Creighton University in 1991, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his law degree from Creighton University Law School in 1994, graduating Cum Laude. He is currently a member of the...

Gary Anderson

Senior Judge: District 4

Judge Anderson, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench in 1987. He received his undergraduate education from the University of Iowa and his law education from Creighton University.

Mark J. Eveloff

Senior Judge: District 4

Judge Eveloff, Council Bluffs, was appointed to the bench in January of 1996 as District Associate Judge. He was appointed to the District Court in November 2010 due to the retirement of District Court Judge Charles Smith III. Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he received his undergraduate degree from the...

Timothy O'Grady

Senior Judge: District 4

Judge O'Grady, Council Bluffs, became a senior judge in 2015. He was appointed to the bench in 1995. He attended Creighton University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 and his law degree in 1980. He then went into private practice as well as serving as assistant Pottawattamie County...

Lindsay E. Andersen

Magistrate

Magistrate Lindsay E. Andersen was appointed to serve Pottawattamie County in 2013. He earned his degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1973 and Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 1990. Magistrate Andersen's previous professional experience includes retiring in 2007 as Captain...

William T. Early

Magistrate

Magistrate William T. Early, was appointed to serve Shelby County in 1985. He earned his degree in economics in 1980 and his law degree in 1983 from the University of Iowa. He served as assistant Shelby County attorney and is a member of the Shelby County and Iowa State Bar...

Gary R. Englin

Magistrate

Magistrate Gary R. Englin, Audubon, was appointed to serve Audubon County in 1996. He is self-employed in the financial services field. Englin is married and has three children.

John P. Heithoff

Magistrate

Magistrate John P. Heithoff, Council Bluffs, was appointed to serve Pottawattamie County August 1, 2009. He is currently self-employed in general practice of law since 1977. Heithoff was previously employed as Assistant County Attorney for Pottawattamie County from January 1987 to May of 1989. He was also Assistant City Attorney,...

Justin Hockenberry

Magistrate

Dennis L. James

Maistrate

Magistrate Dennis L. James was appointed to serve Fremont County August 1, 2005. His previous professional experience was as a self-employed owner of James Grocery which was in business for twenty five years. He is also an EMT firefighter since 1973. He is married and has three children and one...

Karen L. Mailander

Magistrate

Magistrate Karen Mailander was appointed in 2013 to serve as Cass County Magistrate. She earned her undergraduate in Biology in 1980 from Creighton University and her law degree from Creighton Law School in 1983. Her previous professional experience includes serving as Cass County Magistrate from 1985 to 1991 and again...

C. Lyle Mayberry Jr.

Magistrate

Magistrate C. Lyle Mayberry, Jr., Glenwood, was appointed to serve Mills County in 1997. He spent 10 years with the Iowa National Guard and has worked as a professional land surveyor. Mayberry was also mayor of Glenwood and served on the Glenwood City Council. He was declared Citizen of the...

Brian S. Mensen

Magistrate

Magistrate Brian S. Mensen was appointed to serve Montgomery County in March 2006. In 2013 he was appointed to magistrate in Page County. Magistrate Mensen received his BA in accounting at the University of Northern Iowa in 1999. In 2002, he received his JD from Drake University Law School. Mensen...

Ivan Miller

Magistrate

Magistrate Ivan Miller, Red Oak, was appointed to serve Montgomery County in December 2011. Magistrate Miller received his undergraduate education from the University of Iowa and his law education from Drake University. He is also currently an associate at Billings & Mensen Law Firm.

Jesse A. Render

Magistrate

Magistrate Jesse A. Render, Missouri Valley, was appointed to serve Harrison County in 2005. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State in 1996 and his law degree from Creighton in 2004. Render served as a law clerk in District 4 before going into private practice. He is a member...

Robert V. Rodenburg

Magistrate

Magistrate Rodenburg was appointed to serve Pottawattamie County in 2013. He earned his undergraduate from Creighton University in 1980 and pursued his law degree in 1983 through Creighton University also. Magistrate Rodenburg has been in private practice since 1983 before his appointment as Magistrate.

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