Judge Phipps, Lamoni, was appointed to the bench in December of 2002. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1968 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1973. Judge Phipps has spent 32 years in private practice. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Decatur County Bar Association, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, and the Iowa Real Estate Association. He is married with four children.