ABOUT | EARL PAYSON

ABOUT | EARL PAYSON

Earl Payson was born in Rock Island, Illinois. He graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, and the University of Iowa College of Law. Throughout his varied legal career, Mr. Payson has served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a civilian attorney for the United States Army, a corporation counsel, a city attorney and a prosecuting attorney. He is a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.

He is also a member of:

  • The National Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Iowa and Illinois Bar Associations
  • The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI


Mr. Payson has served on the Iowa State Bar Committees on practice in the Federal Courts and Workers' Compensation. He has also served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa and the Executive Committee of the Scott County Iowa Bar Association.

He has been Chairman of the Scott County Iowa Attorney Grievance Committee and the liaison between the Scott County Bar and the Court. Mr. Payson is Board certified as a mediator by the American Academy of ADR Attorneys. He has served as a volunteer mediator for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and currently serves as a volunteer mediator for the Civil Rights Commission of the City of Davenport, Iowa.

PRACTICE

Admitted to Practice in:

  • The States of Iowa and Illinois
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and Central and Northern Districts of Illinois.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified as a Mediator, American Academy of ADR Attorneys

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Iowa, 1966
  • Illinois, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Augustana College, Rock Island

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Iowa Association for Justice, Member
  • Iowa Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member
  • The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Member
  • Scott County Iowa Bar Association, Member
  • Civil Rights Commission of the City of Davenport, Iowa, Volunteer Mediator

Past Positions

  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Seventh Judicial District of Iowa
  • Executive Committee, Scott County Iowa Bar Association