Ian Russell joined Lane & Waterman in 2005. Since that time he has worked to help clients resolve disputes and solve problems, both before and during litigation. He has experience counseling and representing businesses and individuals in court. Ian has extensive experience in commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense, and personal injury. He also counsels clients and provides analysis of issues involving media and first amendment law, election issues, and aviation matters. He represents clients in both Iowa and Illinois State and Federal courts.
Ian is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney and a past President of the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. In 2014, he was named a Super Lawyers Great Plains Rising Star. In 2019, he was named to The Best Lawyers in America list for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He currently represents the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa at the Iowa Bar Association Board of Governors. He was also recently appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve on the Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
Ian is active in the Quad Cities and Eastern Iowa community, having worked with several community non-profits as a board or committee member. He has served as a board member or officer for the Downtown Davenport Partnership, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, and Friends of the Davenport Library. He also been active in politics having worked as the campaign treasurer for a United States Congressional Campaign and as a member of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Council that lobbied on behalf of the Quad Cities on the local, state, and national level.
Lawrence University (B.A. 2001)
University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 2005)
Iowa – 2005
Illinois – 2006
U.S. District Court – Southern District of Iowa – 2006
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Iowa – 2007
U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois – 2013
U.S. District Court – Central District of Illinois – 2011
Trial Bar Member, Tribal Court of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
President, Iowa State Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division (2013-14)
Governor, Iowa Bar Association Board of Governors – District 7 (2013 – present)
Member, Iowa State Bar Association
Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Rock Island County Bar Association
Member, Scott County Bar Association
Member, Iowa Defense Counsel
Member, Iowa Association of Justice
Member, Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
• Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
• Listed on Super Lawyers Rising Star List 2014-2020 (General Litigation)
• Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs)
President, Friends of the Davenport Library (2012 – 2014)
Board Member, Downtown Davenport Partnership Board (2012 – 2018)
Member, Business Advisory Council, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (2016 – 2019)
Member, Iowa Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Treasurer, Congressional Campaign (2013 – 2017)
Board Member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (2015 – present)
Lane & Waterman partner Ben Patterson has accepted an invitation to join the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL).
Thirteen Lane & Waterman attorneys have been recognized by their peers for professional excellence in the 29th edition of the Best Lawyers in America.
The firm’s Summer Associate program gives law students hands-on legal experience after their second year of law school.