Judges & Magistrates

Judge Felts

THOMAS J. FELTS is the Judge of the Allen Circuit Court, having been first elected to that position in November, 2002. He previously served as Magistrate of the Allen Circuit Court Family Relations Division since October, 1989. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. degree in Government and International Affairs, received his J.D. degree in 1979 from the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington and was in private practice in Fort Wayne for 10 1/2 years before taking the bench.

Judge Felts has served as an adjunct professor at Purdue University – Fort Wayne, has been a Moot Court Competition Judge at the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, and has served several times as a lecturer in the areas of domestic relations, alternative dispute resolution, criminal law and procedure, evidence, professional responsibility, probation and judicial ethics. He is also a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges.

Long active in state and local affairs, Judge Felts currently serves as the Vice-President and Secretary of the Foellinger Foundation Board of Directors and as the Vice-Chair of the Allen County Community Corrections Board of Directors as well as on the Boards of Directors of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana Judges Association, the Indiana Judicial Conference, the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust and the Allen County Public Records Commission. He also serves on the Indiana Commission on Courts, the Indiana Supreme Court Strategic Planning Committee and the Indiana Judicial Conference Judicial Education Committee.

Judge Felts also serves as a choir member and substitute liturgist at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Allen County Republican Party, the Greenway Consortium and Fort Wayne Track Club.


Judge Heath

JUDGE 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 Carolyn Foley and Karen Springer), hearings in Juvenile Delinquency, Title IV-D child support enforcement, paternity, custody, visitation and other contested matters.

Judge Heath received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University at Bloomington and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. Heath has served as Administrative Assistant to former Lt. Governor John Mutz, as District Representative to former Congressman Dan Coats, Chief of Staff to former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke and, prior to serving as Judge, also served as a member of the Allen County Council.

Judge Heath served as Chairman of the Civil Benchbook Committee and as a member of the Civil Instructions Committee for the Indiana Judicial Center.

Judge Heath, whose family has resided continuously in Allen County since 1835, is a musician (guitar) and vocalist with a number of fine orchestras and ensembles in the Fort Wayne area. His wife, Patricia, is a retired school teacher. They have three children: Andrew (an attorney), Ryan (a doctoral student at Columbia University) and Sarah (a school teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education). Judge Heath and his wife also have three grandchildren.


Judge Pratt

JUDGE 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 Improvement Committee and has served as its chair. He was also a member of the Center’s Juvenile Judges’ Benchbook Committee. He serves locally on the Concordia Lutheran High School Education Association Board. He is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.

In 1990 Judge Pratt founded the Annual Conference on Youth to provide training on positive youth development and strength based practices for child and family professionals in northeastern Indiana. Annually over 600 professionals attend the day-long conference that with the Indiana Youth Institute Youth Investment Award (1999) and the 1994 Governor’s Exemplary Project Award. In 1999, Judge Pratt established Allen County’s positive youth development initiative, Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES. Developed around the principles and research of the Search Institute and the 40 Developmental Assets that kids need to succeed, Great KIDSprovides on-going training and research on a variety of issues related to children and families. Great KIDSand the Annual Conference on Youth are principally funded through private grants, including grants from the Foelliinger Foundation. More information on Great KIDSmay be found through a link on this website.

Judge Pratt has initiated multiple court practice reforms in child abuse and neglect cases. Through the support of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Court Improvement Program, Judge Pratt’s reforms have included dependency mediation, Family Group Decision Making practices, and a Mental Health Specialty Track. Judge Pratt recently completed a pilot study of Court Performance Outcomes for the state. Twenty-six measurements involving issues of due process, timeliness, safety, and permanency are now locally monitored in child abuse cases. Several measurements identified in the project are being replicated by juvenile courts across the state. Copies of the pilot study report are available at Judge Pratt’s office or are available on-line.

Judge Pratt has presented on his court reforms at the American Humane Association national conferences, Search Institute conferences, and the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. He has provided training at the Pennsylvania Child Summit, the Pennsylvania Permanency Barriers Conference, the Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Conference, an Ohio Judicial College in 2006, a Bridges and Circle Community Building Conference, and court reform training in Windsor, Canada. He has presented at the Indiana Child Summit, multiple Indiana Judicial Center Conferences, and an Indiana State CASA Conference. In addition to presentations at local jurisdictions across the state, Judge Pratt has conducted over 350 positive youth development presentations to local groups, churches, and organizations. He has taught juvenile law courses for Indiana-Purdue University-Fort Wayne and Trine University.

Judge Pratt has been recognized as Indiana’s Outstanding Juvenile Court Judge in 2002 and as the Indiana Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Outstanding Judge in 2009. He was presented with the Congressional Johnny Appleseed Award in 1999. For his work in Pennsylvania he was given a Pennsylvania Collaboration Award. In recent years he has been honored by the Center for Non Violence and Park Center, Inc. In 2009 he was given the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s Partners in Progress Award. That same year he was honored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission with the Passing the Torch Award. In 2012 he was recognized with Fort Wayne Urban League’s Lions Award, Fort Wayne Allen County NAACP Branch 3049’s Judicial Award, and the Johnny Appleseed Division of Kiwanis International’s Spirit of John Chapman Award.


Magistrate Boyer

THOMAS P. BOYER has served as a Magistrate for the Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division since January 1, 1999. Prior to becoming a Judicial Officer, Magistrate Boyer was a founding partner in the law firm of Avery Boyer & VanGilder. Magistrate Boyer received his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law in 1980, and graduated from Wabash College, Cum Laude, in 1977 with a BA in mathematics. Magistrate Boyer completed the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges in 2007 and is currently a member of the Juvenile Benchbook Committee for Judicial Conference of Indiana. Previously, Magistrate Boyer served on the Judicial Administration Committee for the Judicial Conference of Indiana and was a contributing author to the Deskbook for Judges: How To Administer Cases With Pro Se Litigants. Magistrate Boyer is frequently a presenter as seminars for the Allen County Bar Association and other organizations. Presentations have included I.C. 31-30-1-12 and I.C. 31-30-1-13: A Road To Permanency; Amendments To The Child Support Rules and Guidelines: Guidelines 3.G.5 Social Security Benefits; Trial Rule 76 and Trial Rule 79: Shopping For A New Judge On QVC Or HSN Would Be Easier; Provisional Orders And Protective Orders In 10 Minutes Or Less; Trial Rule 70: A Way To Avoid Malpractice; Hot Tips For Family Practice Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division; and A View From the Bench How To Make A Judge Happy Or Mad.


Magistrate Foley

MAGISTRATE CAROLYN FOLEY attended Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and in Criminal Justice, as well as her law degree. For over twenty years, Ms. Foley has practiced law, focusing primarily on children’s issues. She was previously employed in private practice at Swift & Finlayson, handling civil and family matters. She was also employed as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, prosecuting a wide variety of cases. Ms. Foley was appointed as the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for the Allen Superior Court in 1999. She was appointed, as a Juvenile Court Referee in 2008 and as Magistrate in 2013, for the Allen Superior Court. She has made presentations at the Indiana Child Support Conference, the Indiana Probation Officers Annual Conference and the Annual CHINS Law and Procedures Seminar.


Magistrate Kitch

JOHN D. KITCH III is a Magistrate in the Allen Circuit Court. He is a 1995 graduate of DePauw University and 1998 graduate from the Valparaiso University School of Law.

Magistrate Kitch was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Marion County from 1998-2003 where he prosecuted child support cases for the IV-D program and later supervised the Asset Forfeiture Unit, which involved seizing weapons, currency and property used in the commission of crimes.

In 2003, Magistrate Kitch became a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Allen County focusing primarily on Misdemeanor, Juvenile, and Felony gun cases as part of a federal gun grant, and later handled a general felony caseload.

In 2006-2007, Magistrate Kitch was in private practice, primarily focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.

From 2008-2013, Magistrate Kitch presided over the IV-D division of the Allen Circuit Court. Magistrate Kitch now presides over the Domestic Relations division of the Allen Circuit Court, and continues to cover the Court's criminal arraignment as well as civil and criminal jury trials. He has presented annually at the Indiana Child Support Conference and presented continuing legal education for the Allen County Bar Association and Eastern Region Child Support Association, as well as Applied Professionalism seminars for new attorneys. He is a board member of the Allen County Bar Foundation and on the Indiana Protection Order Committee.


MAGISTRATE LORI K. MORGAN, was appointed to serve as a Magistrate in the Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division in 1995 by Judge William L. Briggs. Prior to her appointment as a Magistrate, she was in private practice where she primarily practiced family law. While in private practice, she also served as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in Children In Need of Services proceedings before the Allen Superior Court. She is a former member and chair of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Commission and is a former member of the Indiana Juvenile Benchbook Committee. She is currently serving on the Indiana Supreme Court’s GAL/CASA Advisory Commission as well as the Indiana Judicial Center’s Juvenile Justice Improvement Committee. Magistrate Morgan is currently a member of the Indiana Judges Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Allen County Bar Association where she serves on the Family Law Executive Committee. She is a 2005 graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and a 2009 graduate of the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges. In 2005, she was a recipient of an Indiana News Center’s Women in Leadership Award. In 2009, she was a recipient of an NAACP Award for outstanding service to the community in the area of justice for the families and children of Fort Wayne as well as an award from ITT Technical Institute. Magistrate Morgan has, in the past, served as a speaker at the Allen Superior Court’s Annual Conference on Youth and has trained community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates in Children in Need of Services proceedings. She was one of the founders of the Allen Superior Court’s SCORE project which was a Court project designed to recognize and support the achievements of children who have been adjudicated Children In Need of Services who have made progress in their lives.


Magistrate Pappas

MAGISTRATE DANIEL G. PAPPAS was appointed Magistrate of the Allen Superior Court in November, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Dan was a trial lawyer who primarily practiced in the areas of family, criminal defense, and personal injury law.

While in private practice, Dan served as the Chief Public Defender of DeKalb County, Indiana, since 2001. He also had an extensive practice in the area of Children In Need Of Services law and Juvenile Delinquency law, typically representing parents in Termination of Parental Rights actions, and also serving as the court-appointed guardian ad litem for children. He has previously been employed as the Chief Deputy Prosecutor for DeKalb County, Indiana, as a Deputy Prosecutor for Allen County, Indiana, and as a deputy Public Defender in both Allen County and DeKalb County, Indiana.

He was active in the Allen County and DeKalb County Bar Associations, having served as a Board member of the Allen County Bar Association, and also on the Grievance and Fee Dispute Committees of that association. He is the past Board President of his neighborhood association, and has served on the Board of SAFY (Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth) of America, a non-profit therapeutic foster care agency, as well as on SAFY’s Indiana Board. He also served on the Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization, whose representatives’ advocate for the needs of children in the community.

Dan obtained his business degree from Indiana University in 1981 and his law degree from Indiana University in 1986.


Magistrate Trevino

ANDREA R. TREVINO is a Magistrate in the Allen Circuit Court, having been first appointed to that position in August of 2013 by Judge Thomas J. Felts. She presides primarily over the IV-D Division of the Circuit Court.

Andrea grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she graduated from South Side High School. She is a 1999 graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, and in 2003, she received her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law (now the Maurer School of Law).

Prior to her appointment as a Magistrate, Andrea practiced law for approximately 10 years. During that time, her practice was primarily concentrated in the areas of family law, civil litigation, and appellate work. Andrea also served as Guardian Ad Litem for children involved in custody or parenting time disputes.

Andrea is a Board Member of the Allen County Bar Association’s Family Law Executive Committee. On multiple occasions, she has served as a lecturer on topics in the area of domestic relations.

While a practicing attorney, Andrea volunteered for Legal Line, a program sponsored by the Allen County Bar Association that provides free legal advice to callers in need. She also dedicated time to local youths, serving as a soccer coach for the youth rec league at the Fort Wayne Sport Club, and as a coach for students at South Side High School and Canterbury Middle School. Andrea is a past President and Board Member of the South Side Alumni Association, and also served on the South Side Foundation, where she dedicated her efforts to granting scholarships to deserving students.