Chief Judge Michael D. Huppert was appointed to the bench in December of 1999. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Drake University and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1982, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Chief Judge Huppert was a partner with the Patterson Law Firm in Des Moines. He is a member of the Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations. He is a member and former director of the Iowa Judges Association. He is also a Master of the Bench (Emeritus) and former president of the C. Edwin Moore American Inns of Court.