Facing the challenge head-on, Rand Wonio approached his battle with cancer like he did his work at Lane & Waterman, where he spent the last 38 years. During his tenure, he handled numerous complex and difficult cases for the firm. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers’, “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, received the top AV Martindale-Hubbell Rating, and was a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, among many other honors during his career. Rand died this past October, but his impact at Lane & Waterman and in the Quad Cities community lives on.
Rand “was a consummate advocate who will be missed by everyone in the firm,” said C. Dana Waterman, Managing Partner of Lane & Waterman. Those at the firm would agree that Rand was tough but also empathetic, working hard for his clients. His reach was wide, having served on a number of professional boards, including Board of Governors, Iowa Association of Justice, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, Iowa Association of Justice, Iowa State Bar Association, Scott County Bar Association, and Scott County Bar Association. He also worked hard for the community, acting as Past President and Coach of the Davenport East Pony League, Davenport East Little League, officiating with the Iowa High School Athletic Association, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association, and Illinois High School Association, and being named Big Brother of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In all that he accomplished, Rand was humble to the end. When asked by one of his sons if he was proud of the life he led, he answered, “I am not proud; I’m grateful.” Lane & Waterman, too, is grateful to have known Rand and to have worked alongside him.