Pappas, Davidson, O'Connor & Fildes, P.C.

Law Firm in Rock Island, IL

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Firm Overview

Pappas Davidson O'Connor & Fildes, P.C. was formed with a core mission to provide each Firm client with counsel and representation designed to achieve a desired result for the issue at hand. The Firm represents clients in all facets of the employer-employee relationship with each of the Firm's principals having extensive experience in the various workplace issues that arise on a day-to-day basis.

Our attorneys are knowledgeable regarding federal, state and local civil rights and anti-discrimination laws and have effectively represented employees and employers in matters arising under these laws. Clients rely on Firm attorneys to negotiate and enforce executive employment agreements, restrictive covenants and separation agreements. Firm attorneys have represented individual employers and employer-associations in traditional labor matters, including union organizing efforts, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice proceedings and grievance-arbitration matters. Firm attorneys have also provided employee representation in employment discrimination matters and executive severance agreements and contracts. Having the perspective of both aspects of the employment rights field, each attorney brings to the individual client a wealth of knowledge and a realistic assessment of the risks of litigation and the knowledge of the opposition's thinking.

With offices in Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois the Firm is well positioned to represent clients across the country efficiently and competitively in a way that takes advantage of each attorney's knowledge and experience with the various federal and state courts and federal, state and local administrative agencies that investigate and enforce labor and employment law claims.
Main Office

Main Office
1617 Second Avenue, Suite 300, The Paddock Building
Rock Island  IL  61201

Phone
  • 309-788-7110
Fax
  • 309-788-2773
Employment
Employers rely on Firm attorneys to provide proactive and practical solutions to employment related issues that arise in the workplace.
This includes assisting with the preparation and implementation of employment policies tailored to the employer's unique business needs. Our attorneys work closely with Firm clients to make sure that policies and procedures are compliant with federal, state and local law while addressing the particular goals and objectives of the business.

This includes:

-Preparation and review of employment policies, procedures and handbooks.
-Training of managers and supervisors in the enforcement of employer policies and compliance with federal, state and local law.
-Representation in administrative investigation and litigation of claims arising under title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal, state and local employment statutes.
-Affirmative Action compliance including compliance reviews.
-Drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
-Training of managers and supervisors for effective and progressive discipline.
-Drafting and administering policies for drug/alcohol testing, pre-employment testing, promotion testing and recruiting.
-Advice and counsel on wage and hour and overtime pay issues.
-OSHA investigation and compliance.
FMLA compliance.
-Federal and state WARN compliance.
-Helping employers to avoid claims of defamation, negligent hiring, and negligent retention.
-Employee monitoring and acceptable use policies for Company equipment and technology.
-Zero tolerance policies and workplace violence avoidance.

Matthew P. Pappas

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Editorial Review Board, The Illinois Labor Letter.

Areas of Law:
-Management Labor
-Litigation
-Employment Matters

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1988, Illinois
-2001, Iowa
-U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eighth Circuits

Law School Attended:
Valparaiso University
Class of 1988
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Illinois
Class of 1985
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1962
Davenport, Iowa, July 25, 1962

Associations & Memberships:
Rock Island County; Illinois State (Member, Section Council: Labor and Employment, 1995-2009) and American (Member, Sections on: Labor and Employment Law; Individual Rights and Responsibilities) Bar Associations; American Employment Law Council; Society for Human Resource Management; Great River Human Resources Association (President, 1998, Vice-President, 1997, Legislative Chair, 1999-2000, 2003); Iowa State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management (1999); Leading Lawyers Network.
Education
  • Valparaiso University
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Cameron A. Davidson

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Trustee, Figge Art Museum Board of Trustees. Board of Director, Friends of the Davenport Public Library. Board of Director, Handicapped Development Center. Board of Directors, South East Little League.

Areas of Law:
-Management Labor
-Employment Matters
-Education Law
-Business and Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1995, Iowa
-1997, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
-U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Associations & Memberships:
American Bar Association; Iowa State Bar Association; Iowa Association of School Law Attorneys (President); The Dillon American Inn of Court, Chapter of the American Inns of Court Foundation (President); Iowa Defense Counsel Association; Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Lawyers; Illinois State Bar Association; Rock Island County Bar Association; Scott County Bar Association (President).

John C. O'Connor

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Speaker: "Crossing The Line In Employment Litigation," Iowa State SHRM Conference, 1996; Iowa State SHRM Conference, 1999. Co-Author: "Basic Wage and Hour Law in Illinois," NBI, November, 2000; "School Law in Illinois," NBI, 2001.

Areas of Law:
-Employment Litigation
-Counseling of Employers on Employment Law Issues and Policies
-Executive Compensation
-Contract Negotiation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1990, Illinois
-1992, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
-1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
-2000, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Law School Attended:
Indiana University
Class of 1990
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
University of Illinois
Class of 1987
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1965
Evanston, Illinois, April 7, 1965

Associations & Memberships:
Illinois State Bar Association; National Employment Lawyers Association.

Representative Cases:
Byrne v. Avon Products, Inc., 328 F. 3d 379 (7th Cir. 2003); Hennessy v. Penril Datacom Networks, Inc., 69 F. 3d 1344 (7th Cir. 1995); Leahr v. Metropolitan Pier, 1997 U.S. Dist. Lexis 10601; Hennessy v. Penril Datacomm Networks, et al, 864 F. Supp. 759 (N.D. Ill. 1994); Quiroz v. Hartgrove Hospital, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4595 (N.D. Ill. 1999).
Education
  • Indiana University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1990

Terri L. Fildes

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Phi Delta Phi; Order of John Marshall. Leads Article Editor, John Marshall Law Review. Author, "Retaliatory Discharge for Attorney-Employees in Private Practice," 33 John Marshall L. Rev., (383, Winter 2000). Adjunct Faculty/Assistant Professor, Black Hawk College, Litigation Support and Legal Research and Writing, 1991-2001.

Areas of Law:
-Employment Law
-Management Labor Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1999, Illinois
-2000, Iowa, U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Law School Attended:
John Marshall Law School
Class of 1999
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
Kansas State University
Class of 1993
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1952
Fort Sam Houston, Texas, September 24, 1952

Associations & Memberships:
Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois; Rock Island County (Board of Managers, 2006-2007), Scott County, Illinois State (Member, Employment and Labor Law and Litigation Sections), Iowa State and American (Member, Employment and Labor Law and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
Education
  • John Marshall Law School
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1999

Gerald V. Cleary

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Jerry is a partner of Pappas, O'Connor & Fildes, P.C.
Experience:
Jerry is an accomplished litigator with over twenty years of trial experience resolving complex civil and commercial disputes for corporate clients, municipalities and non-profits. He counsels clients on risk management to mitigate current concerns and prevent future claims. Jerry successfully tried to verdict and arbitrated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts. He won a defense verdict for American Airlines in the first case tried in the United States alleging the lack of a defibrillator caused the death of a passenger. He accurately evaluates risk at an early stage and is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution, mediating and arbitrating many matters to avoid expensive and lengthy legal proceedings. He is a certified mediator. He possesses superior analytical, research and case management skills with an extensive record of resolving multi-party and complicated disputes. Jerry has vast legal and business experience including product liability, professional malpractice and commercial litigation. He is a widely published and recognized professional who is awarded the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics.

Publications & Speeches:

Presenter, "Medicare: New Mandatory Reporting Requirements and Implications for Settlement of Third Party Claims," SmithAmundsen Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 15, 2010 and February 23, 2010.

Presenter, "Responding to Catastrophic Loss: Lessons Learned from the Aviation Industry," USLAW Network Fall Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, 2008.

Presenter, "From Columbine to Northern Illinois University - Risk Management for In-School Violence," Claims Association of Greater Chicago, Spring Seminar, 2008.

Co-author, "Airport Commercial Ground Transportation Programs Survey of Law" Airport Cooperative Research Program's Legal Research Digest 3, July 2008.

Co-author, "Survey of Laws and Regulations of Airport Commercial Ground Transportation," ACRP Program 11-01, "Legal Aspects of Airport Regulations," Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., July 2008.

Presenter, "We Did It Right, Why Did It Go Wrong?," PRIMA 2007 Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 2007.

Presenter, "Government Tort Immunity Update," General Star, 2006.

Presenter, "Planning for Bird Flu Pandemic," SmithAmundsen Health Care and Aviation Practice Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2006.

Author, "The Federal Government's Response to the Avian Bird Flu Focusing on the Regulations Contemplated for the Airline Industry," SmithAmundsen Health Care and

Aviation Practice Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2006.

Presenter, "Multiparty, Multiforum Trial Jurisdiction Act of 2002," Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium, Dallas, TX, 2004.

Author, "Dealing with Complex(icon) Problems Resulting from Mass Disasters," Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium, Dallas, TX, 2004.

Co-author, "Recent Developments in Aviation & Space Law," Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal Volume 38: Number 2, Winter 2003.

Author, "Aviation Law Update," Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 2002.

Memberships & Appointments:

- Certified Mediator, Illinois State Bar Association, 2010.

- Vice Chairman: Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association.

- Member: Aviation Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute; Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee; and the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association.

- Certified Instructor for Continued Education for Insurance Adjusters, Texas Department of Insurance, 2006.

- Named: Strathmore's Who's Who.

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Complex Litigation
-Products Liability
-Mass Torts
-Professional Malpractice
-Transportation
-Regulatory Compliance

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Law School Attended:
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Class of 1989
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
University of Illinois
Class of 1986
B.A.
cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1964
April 12, 1964

Associations & Memberships:
Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; American Bar Association (Vice Chairman, Aviation and Space Law Committee; Member, Aviation Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute; Defense Research Institute Trucking Law Committee; and the Aviation and Space Law Committee).
Education
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1989

Stuart R. Lefstein

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Listed, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2011. Author: "Wrongful Death: More Than Survivors Survive," Illinois Defense Counsel, February 1975; "The Flag is Not Sacred - How Can It be Desecrated?" Chicago Tribune, July 4, 1989; "It's Not Too Late for the Crucible," ABA Journal, May 1992; "The Truth Must Out In Hill-Thomas Affair," The National Law Journal, November 9, 1992. Hearing Examiner, Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission, 1971-1975. Trustee, Black Hawk College, 1970-1974. Member 2003-2010, Review Board of Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Illinois Supreme Court. Member, 1993-2004 and Chair, 1996-2004, Advisory Committee on Rules to U.S. Courts in Central District of Illinois. Member, 1998-2003 and Chair, 2000-2002, Illinois Supreme Court Third District Character and Fitness Committee for Bar Admissions. Certified, Mediation Training, CAADRS. Designated in 2010 as Member of Top 100 Illinois Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.

Areas of Law:
-Trials and Appeals
-Personal Injury
-Products Liability
-Professional Malpractice
-Employment Litigation
-Business Crimes

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1958, Illinois, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth and Federal Circuits, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

Law School Attended:
University of Michigan
Class of 1958
J.D.

University Attended:
Augustana College
Class of 1955
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1934
Rock Island, Illinois, January 7, 1934

Associations & Memberships:
Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association (Director, 1978-1980); American and Illinois Bar Associations.

Bar Fellowship:
American College of Trial Lawyers (Chair, Downstate Illinois Committee, 1990-1991).

Representative Cases:
Christianson v. Colt, 486 U.S. 800 (1988).
Education
  • University of Michigan
    Juris Doctorate , 1958

Brian D. Ekstrom

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Areas of Law:
-Employment Rights
-Civil Litigation


Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2002, Illinois
2004, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Law School Attended:
University of Iowa College of Law
Class of 2001
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Iowa College of Business
Class of 1998
B.B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1975
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, December 14, 1975

Associations & Memberships:
Illinois State Bar Association; National Employment Lawyers Association.
Education
  • University of Iowa College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2001

Allison K. VanNatta

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Allison is an associate of Pappas, O'Connor & Fildes, P.C. Clientele:
Private and public sector clients including local and national corporations, colleges and school districts, hospitals, medical corporations, and banks

Experience:
- Establishing client employment policies and procedures
- Conducting compliance reviews and assisting in preparation of employee handbooks and other materials
- Assisting in collective bargaining issues
- Assisting employers with labor relations
- Counseling and representation in litigation regarding federal, state and local statutes and regulations
- Public sector labor relations

Bar Associations:
Member
Rock Island County
Illinois State Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
American Bar Association

Areas of Law:
-Management Labor
-Litigation
-Employment Matters

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Associations & Memberships:
Rock Island County, Illinois State, Iowa State and American Bar Associations.

Jeffrey D. Wright

Attorney in Rock Island, IL

Areas of Law:
-Labor and Employment
-Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2008, Illinois
2009, Iowa

Law School Attended:
Southern Illinois University
Class of 2008
J.D.

University Attended:
Monmouth College
Class of 2005
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1982
Rock Island, Illinois, November 1, 1982

Associations & Memberships:
Rock Island County; Scott County; Illinois State and Iowa State Bar Associations.
Education
  • Southern Illinois University
    Juris Doctorate , 2008
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