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, 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, as well as the American Judicature Society and the American College of Business Court Judges. He currently serves as the chair of the Legislative Policy and Pension committee of the Iowa Judges Association, of which he is a member and former director. He is also a Master of the Bench (Emeritus) and former president of the C. Edwin Moore American Inns of Court.