Judith L. Herrmann joined Lane & Waterman in 1996, and her practice focuses on employment law and insurance law. Judith’s employment practice includes defending employers in administrative proceedings and litigation and advising employers on a variety of employment issues including drafting employee handbooks and contracts, counseling employers on difficult employee issues, and providing training on harassment and documentation issues. Judith’s insurance practice focuses on complex insurance coverage issues.
Judith has consistently been recognized and ranked in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Labor and Employment Law), from 2009 to the present. Judith was also recognized in Super Lawyers 2016 for Labor and Employment.
Judith participates in Lane & Waterman’s robust pro bono program that includes pro bono initiatives in Illinois and Iowa. She has been recognized by the Iowa Supreme Court for her pro bono service. Under Judith’s leadership, Lane & Waterman was included on the Public Interest Law Initiative’s Pro Bono Recognition Roster.
Judith also coordinates the firm’s co-sponsor of a pro bono fellow through Equal Justice Works.
Judith received her B.A. from Augustana College, and her J.D., summa cum laude, from Valparaiso University. Judith resides with her family in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Wendy Meyer joined Lane & Waterman in 2003 and focuses primarily in the areas of administrative, employment, and school law. Wendy also has a broad-based appellate practice.
Wendy provides representation and counsel for public and private school districts, area education agencies, and community and private colleges. She provides guidance on student and personnel issues including student discipline, employee misconduct, and constitutional issues; performs contract and policy review; advises boards on governance issues including open meeting and open records compliance; and represents school districts in proceedings involving special education, civil rights complaints, terminations, and other litigation matters.
Wendy serves as district counsel to several school districts, ranging in size from approximately 500 students to over 15,000 students. Wendy has extensive experience in matters before the local, state, and federal civil rights commissions, state and federal courts, the Board of Educational Examiners, the Department of Education, and the Public Employment Relations Board.
Wendy also regularly counsels employers on legal issues stemming from the employment relationship, including background checks, drug testing, wage and hour laws, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, contract disputes, claims of harassment and discrimination, employee leave and accommodation issues, and employment policies and handbooks. She represents clients before administrative agencies and in state and federal court.
Over the years, Wendy has provided numerous trainings and presented on a variety of topics, including harassment, discrimination, FMLA compliance, ADA compliance, effective documentation, and legal updates.
Wendy received her J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Corporation Law.” Wendy resides with her family in Davenport, Iowa.
Abbey Furlong joined Lane & Waterman in 2010. Her trial law practice primarily consists of professional malpractice, employment law, and products liability.
In 2014, Abbey was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the field of professional liability defense law and was recognized on the Iowa State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Honor Role for 2013 for her commitment to pro bono service.
Abbey is actively involved in the Quad Cities community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Council and Davenport Family Homes Board and is a United Way Young Leader. Abbey is also active in the Scott County Bar Association, where she is the current Chair of the Barrister’s Ball Committee and former co-chair of the Mock Trial Committee.
Abbey received her B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Iowa, her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Abbey resides with her family in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Sigrid U. Zaehringer is a shareholder with Califf & Harper, P.C. Ms. Zaehringer has practiced law with the firm since August 2008. She received her undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Iowa in 2005 where she majored in English, and she received her law degree from the University of Iowa in 2008. Ms. Zaehringer is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and she practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law and litigation.
Ms. Zaehringer has delivered numerous legal seminars and prepared articles on topics such as the National Labor Relations Act and its impact on non-union employers, the Americans with Disabilities Act and its intersection with the Family Medical Leave Act, social media and employment law, employee handbooks, and investigations and employee discipline. Ms. Zaehringer is a member and past president of the Iowa Quad Cities Rotary Club and has been active as a board member of the Good Samaritan Free Clinic and a member of the Handel Oratorio Society. She currently serves on the board of Ballet Quad Cities and has a strong interest the local arts community. Ms. Zaehringer resides with her husband, her little boy, and two greyhounds in a historic house in Davenport, Iowa.
Benjamin L. Meersman is an associate attorney at the law firm of Califf & Harper, P.C. He joined the firm in September of 2014, and before that was a summer associate between May and August of 2013. Mr. Meersman was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2014 the Iowa Bar in 2015. For his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Iowa’s Tippie of College of Business, graduating with a B.B.A. in Economics, with Honors in 2011. He enjoyed Iowa City so much that he pursued his law degree at the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctor (JD) in May of 2014. While attending school, Mr. Meersman was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, the University of Iowa Sports Law Society, and the University of Iowa Scuba Diving Club. He also had the pleasure of watching the Iowa Football and Basketball teams before their recent streak of actually winning games (with the notable exception of this year’s Outback Bowl). Currently, Mr. Meersman is engaged in Califf & Harper, P.C.’s general practice of law.
When not at work, Mr. Meersman enjoys working out, following Chicago sports teams, and tracking various financial markets because he is an economics nerd. In addition, he serves as an active chapter adviser to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.