Des Moines Office

Phone: (515) 244-0111
Direct: (515) 697-4230
Fax: (515) 244-8935
Email:  Karla J. Fultz

Legal Administrative Assistant:
Donna Stiegel
Direct: (515) 697-4370


 

Karla J. Fultz

Areas of Practice:

General practice including but not limited to:

  • Family Law Mediation
  • Government
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, 1969
  • Southern District of Iowa, 1969
  • Northern District of Iowa, 1979

Education:

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1969
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa 
    • Bachelor of Arts, History, 1967
    • Phi Beta Kappa, 1967
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1975
  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois 
    • Short Course for Prosecutors, 1976
  • National College of Juvenile Justice - Training Division
         Reno, Nevada, 1977
  • District Court Mediation Program 
    • 40-Hour Custody and Divorce Mediation Training, 2014

Experience:

  • Assistant Warren County Attorney, 2009-2014
    • Civil Division, Attorney for Board of Supervisors - 
      Program Director OWI Court Program
  • Judge - Juvenile Court Fifth Judicial District, 1993-2009
  • Referee - Polk County Juvenile Court, 1977-1979
    • Part-time Volunteer Juvenile Court Referee, 1986-1993
  • Private Practice, 1972-1974; 1979-1993
  • Assistant Polk County Attorney, 1974-1976 
    • Felony Trial Staff and Special Prosecutor of Sex Crimes
  • Assistant Polk County Attorney, 1970-1972 
    • Juvenile Court
  • Attorney, Polk County Legal Aid Society, 1968-1970

Professional Associations and Memberships: 

  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    • Chair - Lawyer Referral Committee, 1984-1989
    • Chair - Juvenile Law Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 1973
    • Vice Chair - General Practice Section, 1990-1992
  • Polk County Bar Association
    • Executive Committee, 1976-1978
    • Family Law Committee, 1982-1985 
    • Grievance Committee, 1985-1989
  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Iowa Judges Association, Juvenile Court Committee, 1993-2009
  • Iowa Supreme Court:  State Court Improvement in Child Welfare
        Matters and Community Outreach Committees, 2007-2009
  • Drake University Law School Board, 1980-1989
  • Drake University Law School Foundation Board, 1985-1989
  • Co-Organizer - Polk County Sexual Assault Care Center, 1974
  • Presenter - Training Seminars for Regional Police 
         Academy, 1974-1975
  • Faculty Member - College of Criminal Justice Advocacy
         Hastings College of Law, University of California, 1977 and 1982

Honors:

  • Tidrick Honors Award - Mentor Iowa, 2010
  • Iowa Supreme Court Innovation Award
         Polk County Juvenile Drug Court, 2004
  • Iowa Supreme Court Innovation Award
         Polk County Family Drug Court, 2005
  • Exemplary Project Award for Polk County Rape/Sexual Assault
          Care Center - U.S. Department of Justice, 1976

Civic Organizations: 

  • President - Iowa Drug Court Foundation Board, 2009-present
  • St. Anthony's Church Foundation Board, 1994-2000
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Bethel Foundation Board, 1989-1993
  • Prescribed Activity Center Foundation Board, 1980-1984
  • Iowa Children and Family Services Foundation Board, 1980-1983
  • Chair - Sub-committee, Iowa Coalition for Crime Prevention, 1976
  • Fifth Judicial District Alcoholism Project Advisory Board, 1976
  • Presenter - Governor's Conference on Children, 1978
  • Presenter - Juvenile Court Conference on Children, 1977 and 1978
  • Co-Sponsor - Focus on Sex Crimes Seminar, 1976

Public Service: 

  • Chair - Des Moines Planning and Zoning Commission, 1986-1990 
    • Member, 1980-1990
  • Chair - Polk County Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan
       Review Committee, 1986-1989 
  • Polk County Long Range Planning Committee, 1986-1989
  • Chair - Iowa Product Development Corporation, 1983-1986 
    • Member, 1983-1987
  • Chair - Des Moines Leadership Institute
          Curriculum Committee, 1982-1983 
  • Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, Metro 2000
         Subcommittee Chair, 1980-1981