Administrative Law Judges

Contact information, including email and phone numbers, for the Division leadership, administrative law judges, and support staff  is available in the Division Directory.

Samuel P. Langholz has served as Administrator of the Administrative Hearings Division since October 2014. From January 2011 until October 2014, he served as State Public Defender, coordinating Iowa’s indigent defense system. He previously practiced law with the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines and clerked for Judge Steven M. Colloton on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his B.A. in Politics from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law with highest distinction. He is married with two children.

David Lindgren has served as Assistant Administrator since October 2016 and as an administrative law judge with the Division since 2010. He is a native of Maquoketa, Iowa and a graduate of its high school. He attended the University of Iowa where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1993 and his law degree in 1996. After graduation, he worked as a law clerk for the Third Judicial District of Iowa. He then worked as a Staff Attorney for both the Iowa Court of Appeals and Iowa Supreme Court, as well as an Assistant Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Kerry Anderson has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since 2005. She earned both her bachelor’s and law degrees from Drake University in 1979 and 1982, respectively. She worked for a private law firm before joining the Iowa Department of Justice as an assistant attorney general in 1991.

Amanda Atherton has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since December 2016. She previously practiced at the Nyemaster Law Firm in Des Moines and served as a research attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals in Detroit. She is from Southeast Michigan and received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Michigan in 2002. She earned a J.D., with highest honors, from Drake University Law School in 2011. She lives with her husband in Des Moines.

Karen Doland has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since 2010. She received a degree in English from Clarke College in 1984 and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1989. Between college and law school she worked as an editor with Wm. C. Brown Publishers (now McGraw- Hill). After law school, she clerked for the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa from 1989 through 1990, and then joined the Iowa Department of Justice, where she served as an assistant attorney general in the Farm Division, the Consumer Protection Division, the Administrative Law Division, and the Criminal Appeals Division, including several years serving as the administrator of the Iowa Consumer Credit Code.  

Kristine Dreckman has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since November 2013. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 2002, and her law degree, with honors, from Drake University Law School in 2005. Prior to joining the Division, she was in private practice and worked for the Iowa Finance Authority. She is active within the community and local bar, including her service as president of the Polk County Women Attorneys in 2012.

Martin Francis has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since 1999, and previously served as an administrative law judge with the Iowa Insurance Division from 1989 to 1999, and as a legal counsel with the Iowa Legislative Service Bureau from 1980 to 1989. He was born in Bloomington, Illinois, attended Illinois State University and Drake University Law School, and is a member of the Iowa and Illinois Bars. He is married with one child.

Jonathan Gallagher has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since December 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, graduating summa cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with highest distinction. Prior to joining the Division, he was in private practice at BrownWinick and clerked both for Judge Michael Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Chief Judge Robert W. Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Forrest Guddall has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since July 2016.  He previously served as an assistant attorney general in the Special Litigation Division of the Iowa Department of Justice from 1995 to 2016.   Guddall graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Psychology in 1991 and graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1994. He is married with two children.  

Carol Greta has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since October 2012. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa in 1978 and 1981, respectively.  After clerking for the Second Judicial District of Iowa, she was in private practice in Eldora and Newton for 18 years, the last five of which she was also appointed alternative district associate court judge for Jasper County. From 2000 to 2012, she was general counsel to the Iowa Department of Education. A member of the Iowa Bar Association, Iowa Association of Administrative Law Judges, and National Association of Administrative Law Judges, she has received awards from the Iowa Citizens’ Aide Ombudsman, Safe Schools Task Force, School Administrators of Iowa, and the National Council of State Education Attorneys. She is widowed and has two children.

Carla Hamborg has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since September 2016. She received her B.A. from Carleton College in 1986 and J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1992. Prior to joining the Division, she served as a career law clerk for United States District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff.  She also practiced law with the Davis Brown Law Firm and taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor at Drake Law School. She is married with two children.

Tricia Johnston has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since December 2013. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa. She worked in private practice in Iowa City for three years before joining the Appellate Defender’s Office in 1996. She joined the Belin Law Firm in 2004 before returning to state government as an administrative law judge for the Iowa Department of Corrections in 2007.

Emily Kimes-Schwiesow has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since November 2012. She graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998. In 2001, she received her law degree, with honors, from Drake University Law School. She served for nine years as an assistant attorney general with the Iowa Department of Justice and is a member of the Iowa Bar Association. She is married with two children.

Margaret LaMarche has served as an administrative law judge and hearing officer since 1987. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1980. Prior to joining the Division, she served as an assistant state public defender in Minneapolis, practiced appellate law, and served as a contract administrative hearing officer for several state agencies.

Laura Lockard has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since 2008. She received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in 1996 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2003. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, she clerked for Judge Robert W. Pratt, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and practiced law at Iowa Legal Aid.

Kathleen M. O’Neill has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since February 2013. She received her B.A. from Iowa State University and J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. After law school, she served for three years as a judicial law clerk for Judge Terry L. Huitink and Judge Gayle N. Vogel of the Iowa Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, she worked for the Social Security Administration. She is married with two children.

Christie Scase has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since 2008. She previously served as an assistant attorney general with the Iowa Department of Justice for 23 years, spending 19 years in the Licensing and Administrative Law Division where she represented a variety of state agencies. She is a native of Massena, Iowa.  She received a B.S. degree in 1982 from Morningside College, graduating summa cum laude, and a J.D., with honors, from Drake University Law School in 1985.

Barbara Tapscott has served as an administrative law judge with the Division since 2010. She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University in 1979 and 1984. She worked as a journalist before obtaining her law degree in 1992 from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, she worked in private practice with law firms based in Washington, D.C., West Des Moines and Philadelphia.

Charles Tarvin has served as an administrative law judge and hearing officer with the State of Iowa since 1984. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, he attended Iowa State University, earning a bachelor of science (zoology) degree and a bachelor of arts (English) degree. In 1975, he was admitted to the Iowa State University chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In December 1981, he earned a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. 

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