Willa Fuqua


  • Willa Fuqua

    Willa Fuqua

    Willa Fuqua earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Tulane University and earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. During law school, she was a senior editor of the Washington University Law Review. After law school, Willa clerked for the Honorable Lisa Van Amburg, Missouri Court of Appeals, and…

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  • Clarissa Rietveld

    Clarissa Rietveld

    Clarissa Rietveld was born in Iowa and raised in Rushville, Indiana. She received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2009 and worked as a registered nurse in operating rooms across the Midwest and on the East Coast. While working as a nurse, Ms. Rietveld had a patient whose medical history documented that he did not…

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  • Elizabeth Flansburg

    Elizabeth Flansburg

    When Beth was a child, she wanted to be a reporter, a lawyer or a spy. She managed to embrace all three careers (although her spying was confined to her kids when she thought they were up to no good.) Beth worked at the Daily Iowan her sophomore and junior years. During her senior year,…

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  • Nicholas Bigoness

    Nicholas Bigoness

    Nic comes to the VLAW team with 35 years of experience helping Chicagoland clients navigate the legal system. Over the last 3+ decades, he has worked primarily on behalf of individuals who’ve been injured by auto accidents, construction accidents, medical negligence, and premises liability issues. He is experienced in both personal injury and worker’s compensation;…

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  • Barb Diment

    Barb Diment

    Barb Diment was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and joined a long line of Hawkeyes in her family, graduating with her B.A. in Political Science and History with Honors in 1984. She was a student of the late Professor Donald Sutherland at Iowa, who was a mentor and served as her honor’s advisor.  Barb was…

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  • Athena Farmakis

    Athena Farmakis

    Attorney Athena Farmakis was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, graduated with a B.A. from Northwestern University, and received her law degree from DePaul University College of law. With over 25 years of litigation experience, Athena has tried 67 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials in complex and media-sensitive cases. Athena currently practices…

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  • Dustin Gomez

    Dustin Gomez

    Dustin Gomez was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa. At the University of Iowa, he also completed a M.S.W. degree in social work. After completing his graduate degree, he attended law school at Drake University. Upon completing his degree in Law, Dustin served for…

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  • Michelle Schneiderheinze

    Michelle Schneiderheinze

    Attorney Michelle Schneiderheinze was born in St. Louis, MO. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and worked as a chemist for several years before attending law school. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000. In law school, Ms….

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  • Michael Galvin

    Michael Galvin

    Attorney Michael Galvin was born in Rock Island, IL and has been a life-long resident of the Quad Cities. He graduated from Alleman High School and later enrolled at Augustana College where he double majored in Economics and English. He realized his childhood dream of attending law school when he was accepted to Valparaiso School…

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  • Dennis VanDerGinst

    Dennis VanDerGinst

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Attorney Dennis VanDerGinst is the President/CEO of VanDerGinst Law. He supervises all cases within the firm. His primary practice focus is on all areas of personal injury litigation, including but not limited to, general negligence cases, product liability, medical malpractice and mass/class actions. Mr. VanDerGinst received his law degree from…

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