Melanie Weires


  • Melanie Weires

    Melanie Weires

    Melanie Weires brings more than 10 years of marketing experience to VanDerGinst Law. She has extensive marketing experience in highly regulated industries including banking and insurance. Previously, she has successfully marketed for local businesses through her own marketing company, as well as marketed for large national companies. As Chief Marketing Officer, she combines her education…

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  • Duane Thompson

    Duane Thompson

    Duane Thompson brings almost 40 years of experience practicing law and as a board member and officer with several local companies in a variety of industries, both union and non-union to VanDerGinst Law. As Chief Operating and Human Resources Officer, Mr. Thompson combines his experience of practicing law in Illinois (since 1980) and Iowa (since…

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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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  • 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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VanDerGinst Law is fortunate to continue to serve our clients during this time despite the government ordered “shelter in place” and business shutdown. We are conducting business, including opening new cases, remotely via phone, email, and/or virtual conferencing. We are also available to take appointments at our offices by appointment only. Please call 800-960-8529 or email

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