C Dana Waterman Attorney At Law

C. Dana Waterman III

Of Counsel
220 N. Main St., Suite 600, Davenport, IA 52801 563-324-3246 vCard vCard

Education and Experience

Phillips Academy and Dartmouth College (A.B. 1968)
University of Iowa (J.D. 1971); Phi Delta Phi


Iowa - 1971
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa - 1971
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois - 1973

Professional Associations

Member, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals
Chairman, Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys (1989)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Iowa State Bar Association
Member, Scott County Bar Association


Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
• Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law)
• Listed in Chambers and Partners (Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions/Securities Law)
• Listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions) (Since 2016)
• Listed in Super Lawyers (business and corporate law)


Best Lawyers Award Badge


Secretary and Board Member, Adler Theater Foundation
Board of Trustees, Augustana College
Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, B. J. and Mabel Palmer Memorial
Board of Directors, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors, Genesis Health System
Trustee, The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation
Trustor, Quad Cities Cultural Trust
President and Board Member, Iowa Law School Foundation
Assistant Secretary, Lee Endowment Foundation
Secretary and Board Member, River Center for the Performing Arts
Trustee, John F. Murray Endowment Foundation
Board of Managers, University of Iowa Health Alliance / ACO

Speeches & Publications

Co-author, Organizing Corporations, Chapter 56 in M. Volz, Jr., 3 Iowa Methods of Practice (2014).
Co-author, "The Iowa Business Corporation Act: Corporate Governance Through the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws," 40 Drake L. Rev. 805 (1991).

C. Dana Waterman III graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover MA and Dartmouth College, Hanover NH with an A.B. in history, and from the University of Iowa College of Law.  He joined Lane & Waterman in 1971 and served as its Managing Partner from 2001 to 2016, the fourth generation of the Waterman family to lead the firm. In 2017, he transitioned to an Of Counsel role, where he continues to advise clients of the firm and play an active role in the community. He advises business organizations and individuals on matters related to organization, operations, governance, financing, transactions, and risk and compliance issues, as well as personal wealth planning. Dana also serves as Secretary and General Counsel of Lee Enterprises, Incorporated.  He continues to be active in community service organizations, having served as board chair of the Quad Cities Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Putnam Museum and Science Center and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (and predecessor organizations). He presently serves on the Quad Cities Chamber board of directors and its executive committee; as a business community representative of the Quad City Defense Alliance; and as a board member of Genesis Health System, the University of Iowa Health Alliance, Augustana College and the Adler Theater Foundation.  He also serves on the board of directors of several privately-held companies, and as a co-trustee of The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and a founding co-trustor of the Quad Cities Cultural Trust. In 2015 he was inducted into the Quad-Cities Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of the Heartland, and in December 2016, he was appointed a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Iowa (East).