Dana Watkins


  • Dana Watkins

    Dana Watkins

    Mojo Manager Dana has been with us since January 2020 as Dennis VanDerGinst’s Executive Assistant. Outside of work Dana is in school at Northwest Technical College for Business with a focus on HR and Management & Entrepreneurship. She’s married with 2 dogs, loves live music -especially in unique outdoor venues, participating in the Danish way…

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  • Melanie Weires

    Melanie Weires

    Melanie Weires brings over 15 years of business experience in highly regulated industries, including banking and insurance, to VanDerGinst Law. She combines her education and work experience to bring a highly-skilled, integrated, and strategic approach to all aspects of the firm. Mrs. Weires graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clarke College (now Clarke University) in Dubuque,…

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  • Jody Ruchotzke

    Jody Ruchotzke

    Jody Ruchotzke has been working for VanDerGinst for 8+ years as a Paralegal, and she really enjoys helping our clients. She is also the Training Manager, training new staff on procedures, systems, and work flows, as well as assisting with any ongoing questions they may have. Outside of work, Jody spends time with her children…

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  • Drew Devore

    Drew Devore

    Drew Devore has been working for VanDerGinst Law for 11 years. Drew wears many different hats within the company. He coordinates with the marketing team to create and execute Graphic Design efforts, monitors and maintains all aspects of IT, and continuously works on web development to keep our site looking current and remain user-friendly. Drew…

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  • Cara Wangler

    Cara Wangler

    Cara Wangler began her career in the law industry at the age of 23 as a Legal Assistant to the now Chief Judge of Rock Island County, Walter Braud. When Walter Braud retired, she became the Assistant Office Manager and took on the duties of managing daily receipts, paying client costs, reviewing statutes, handling basic…

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  • Dennis VanDerGinst

    Dennis VanDerGinst

    Dennis VanDerGinst is the President/CEO of VanDerGinst Law, one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the country.  He has been a tireless advocate for his clients and a stalwart ambassador for his profession. As a result, he has been recognized as one of the best in the country by clients, peers, and…

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