Q-C attorney reprimanded for mishandling Deere case

Q-C attorney reprimanded for mishandling Deere case

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A Quad-City attorney accused of mishandling a Deere & Co. employment lawsuit has been reprimanded.

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Board filed a reprimand Aug. 18 against Cameron Davidson, accusing him of violating several state rules of professional conduct.

Davidson could not be reached for comment Friday.

The charges stem from his work in 2012 representing the Moline-based agricultural manufacturer against age discrimination charges leveled by one of the company's chemical engineers, Nan Wei of Moline.

The reprimand states that Davidson billed Deere for court sanctions totaling about $2,800 and disguised the amounts as "miscellaneous costs" and "miscellaneous attorneys fees."

"The billing of the client for the three sanctions amounts was troubling because you failed to plainly inform the client that the sanctions resulted from your own lack of diligence and communication," the reprimand states.

Davidson is a partner in the Rock Island law firm of Pappas Davidson O’Connor & Fildes P.C., where he specializes in employment matters, according to the firm's website.

He was with the Quad-City law firm of Lane & Waterman as recently as May 2013. Rand Wonio, a partner at Lane & Waterman who took over the Deere case from Davidson, declined comment Friday.

Wei was 70 when he filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010. He then filed a suit in U.S. District Court, Rock Island, claiming that Deere intentionally discriminated against him by accusing him of ethical misconduct and the unethical use of reimbursement payments, and terminated all foreign business travel on his part. The case awaits trial.

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