David Avery was appointed Judge in the Allen Superior Court – Civil Division in 2000. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he practiced law in Fort Wayne for 23 years and had extensive experience as a mediator prior to his appointment to the bench.
Judge Avery is a member of the Indiana Judicial Conference and the Indiana Judges Association. He is currently serving, or has served on the following committees: Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, Judicial Administration Committee, Civil Jury Instruction Committee, Civil Benchbook Committee. He also serves as the judicial liaison to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal
Judge Craig J. Bobay is a Judge in the Civil Division of the Allen Superior Court, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has served in the position since June of 2013, as the result of a merit-based selection and screening process, and was re-elected to his position in the November, 2014 general election. He currently serves as Chief Judge of the Superior Court. Previously, he was Magistrate in the Allen Circuit from 2003, to 2013. His prior service on the bench also includes serving in the Allen Superior Court Magistrate from 1997 to 2002. Earlier, he was in private practice at the Fort Wayne litigation firm for 5 years, and was a law clerk for Judge Bill Lee in the local federal court. Judge Bobay obtained his J.D. degree, with honors, from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law (Bloomington).
Judge Boyer has served as Judge of the Civil Division since 1991. Prior to 1991, Judge Boyer was a Referee in the Allen Superior Court Small Claims Division.
A South Side High School graduate, Judge Boyer was an English Literature major at DePauw University where she graduated cum laude in 1973. She went on to Indiana University School of Law (McKinney), graduating with honors in 1976.
Judge Wendy W. Davis took the bench in 2011. Judge Davis presides over felony criminal cases and brought the HOPE Probation Program to Allen Superior Court, where the program has been instrumental in reducing recidivism by non-violent drug offenders in Allen County.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge Davis, a native of Allen County, was a partner at the law firm of Beckman, Lawson, LLP, specializing in federal litigation and a part time deputy prosecutor for Allen County. Prior to moving back to Fort Wayne, Judge Davis was an Assistant District Attorney in San Antonio, Texas, where she tried violent offenders and was appointed to a federally funded Drug
St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana
B.S. Political Science/Biology 1980
Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
Juris Doctor, with Honors, 1983
Allen Superior Court – Criminal Division Judge,
January 1, 1997 – present
Judge Stanley Levine was appointed as Judge of the Allen Superior Court, Civil Division in January 1999. He was re-elected in 2002, 2008 and 2014. He serves as Probate Judge in the Civil Division. He is a graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne (Distinguished Alumni Award), Indiana University and the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.
Judge Levine has been a member of the Board of Managers of the Indiana Judges Association and the Board of Directors of Saint Joseph Hospital for more than ten years. In 2010 he was selected as a "Distinguished Barrister" by Indiana Lawyer newspaper.
Dan Heath, a life-long resident of Allen County, has been a Judge with the Allen Superior Court Civil Division since January 1, 1997, and served for more than sixteen years as a Civil Court Judge. In April of 2013, Judge Heath transferred to the Family Relations Division after the retirement of Judge Stephen Sims. Judge Heath is now responsible for oversight of the Allen County Juvenile Center, a secure detention facility for juveniles at 2929 North Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.
Judge Heath also oversees (along with Magistrates Michael Douglass and Daniel Pappas), hearings in Juvenile Delinquency, Title IV-D
Charles F. Pratt was elected Judge in 1998. Prior to his election Judge Pratt served the court as a judicial referee in the Small Claims Division (1983-1985) and as a juvenile court magistrate (1985-1998). Judge Pratt graduated with distinction from Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne in 1976 and received his Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in 1979. He is a member of the Indiana Judges Association and is on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He holds membership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as well.
Judge Pratt serves on the Indiana Judicial Center's Juvenile Justice
Judge John Surbeck graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in June 1968, with a bachelor's degree in business. He then attended the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, from 1968 until June 1971, when he received his J.D. degree. Judge Surbeck was admitted to the bars of Indiana, state and federal courts and thereafter served as law clerk to the Allen Superior Court from September 1971 until September 1972. He engaged in the private practice of law as well as serving as a deputy public defender from September 1972 until February 1988.