Judge Irv Maze was elected judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Nov. 6, 2012, and serves Division 1 of the 4th Appellate District, which encompasses all of Jefferson County. He has served in that position since April 2012, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Judge Thomas B. Wine, who is now the commonwealth's attorney for Jefferson County.
Judge Maze was a Circuit Court judge in Jefferson County for nearly five years until his appointment to the Court of Appeals.
He began his legal career as a clerk for the now late Judge Thomas Ballantine. Upon receiving his juris doctor from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, Judge Maze established a successful private law practice, specializing in family, employment and municipal law. He maintained his private practice for 32 years until his appointment to the bench in 2008.
Prior to becoming a Jefferson Circuit Court judge, Judge Maze served as Jefferson county attorney from 1999 until his appointment in 2008. As county attorney, he helped implement and administer one of the most successful Drug Court programs in the nation. He prosecuted more than 250,000 felony and misdemeanor cases annually and, as counsel to local government, he supervised the merger of Louisville and Jefferson County governments. Judge Maze’s office also collected more than $70 million in child support every year during his tenure.
From 1979 to 1985, Judge Maze served as assistant county attorney for Jefferson County, prosecuting felony, non-support and paternity cases. He also previously was a commissioner on Jefferson County Fiscal Court.
Judge Maze is a past state director of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and of the Kentucky County Attorneys Association’s Child Support Committee. He is a member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville bar associations, and is an active member of the ABA's Appellate Judges Conference.
Judge Maze holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University.
He is married to the former Peggy Calloway and has five children and eight grandchildren.