Pappas O'Connor P.C.

Terri L. Fildes

Terri L. Fildes

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Terri is a principal of Pappas O’Connor P.C.


Employment law and management labor


  • Advising employers on employment issues, policies and procedures
  • Establishing employment policies and procedures, including drafting, revising and implementing employee handbooks
  • Creating non-competition and employment agreements
  • Representing management in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies on employment disputes, including wrongful discharge, and claims based upon alleged violations of Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and the FLSA

Prior Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Terri worked as a civil litigation paralegal for twelve years at a local Rock Island firm where she researched legal issues, drafted motions and pleadings and assisted in depositions and at trial. Terri was the Legal Assistant Coordinator/Lead Instructor for a local Community College and was adjunct professor for the College for ten years. Before graduating from law school, Terri interned as a law clerk for the Honorable Lori Lefstein, Judge of the Illinois 14th Judicial Circuit. During law school, Terri served as the Lead Articles Editor for The John Marshall Law School Law Review.

Bar Admissions

State Courts

  • Illinois
  • Iowa

Federal Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa


  • The John Marshall Law School (J.D., cum laude)
  • Kansas State University (B.S.)
  • St. Louis Community College (A.A.S. with Honors in Legal Studies)

Bar Associations

  • Rock Island County, Illinois Bar Association
  • Scott County, Iowa Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois
  • Illinois Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association



  • Retaliatory Discharge for Attorney-Employees in Private Practice: To Do or Not To Do, the Right Thing, 33 The John Marshall Law Review 383, Winter 2000.


  • Board of Directors, Rock Island County Bar Association, 2006-2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Black Hawk College 1991-2001
  • Volunteer Mediator for Davenport Civil Rights Commission
  • Board of Directors, Children’s Therapy of the Quad Cities
  • International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Great River Human Resource Association
  • Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)


  • Pi Beta Phi Sorority

Quad Cities Office

1617 Second Avenue
Suite 300
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

(309) 788-7110
(309) 788-2773

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Chicago Office

900 West Jackson Boulevard
Six West
Chicago, Illinois 60607

(312) 421-5960
(312) 421-5310

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