Judge for the
Kelly K.E. Mahoney
In August 2015, Kelly K.E.
Mahoney was selected as
a U.S. Magistrate Judge
for the Northern District
of Iowa. She began serving on the bench on January
3, 2017, in Sioux City. She fills the vacancy created
by the transfer of Magistrate Judge CJ Williams to
Cedar Rapids. Judge Williams takes the place of
Chief Magistrate Judge Jon S. Scoles, who retired in
Judge Mahoney received her undergraduate degree
with honors from Kansas State University in 1998 and
her law degree with honors from Washburn University
School of Law in 2002. While pursuing her law degree,
she also took classes toward a Masters of Criminal
She began her legal career as an Assistant District
Attorney for the 18th Judicial District in Wichita,
Kansas from 2002 to 2003. After moving to Iowa,
she served as a Special U.S. Attorney in the Southern
District of Iowa from 2004 to 2006. She was in private
practice from 2006 to 2008 in Boone, Iowa, with the
firm of Jordan & Mahoney, where she handled both
civil and criminal matters.
For the last eight years, she has served as an Assistant
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, where
she has handled a variety of criminal matters.
In addition to her legal work, she has devoted time to
her community as a volunteer and board member for
Welcome, Judge Mahoney!
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