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 DePaul University in 1989. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Iowa, and the Federal Courts. During his career, he has represented clients in almost every state in the country.

Mr. VanDerGinst has been rated “Superb”, with a 10/10 rating from AVVO Lawyer Rating Service. He has also earned the “Client’s Choice Award” from AVVO. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, awarded only to those lawyers who have demonstrated the highest ethical standards and professional responsibility, He has been selected as one of the “Top One Percent” of attorneys in the nation by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He has been named one of the top trial attorneys in the country by the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Society of Legal Advocates. He has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. His tremendous success is also illustrated by his membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to those attorneys who have secured multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements, which Dennis has done numerous times. In addition, Dennis has earned dozens of other awards and accolades during his prestigious career.

Mr. VanDerGinst is a former adjunct professor of torts and insurance law at Black Hawk College and he continues to speak at seminars, conferences and conventions around the country on various issues surrounding injury law. He has been very active in several counties, state, and national bar associations and trial lawyer associations. He has served on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a State Delegate for the American Association for Justice and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Pound Civil Justice Institute. He has also authored several law-related articles in several professional journals and magazines.

Through Mr. VanDerGinst’s leadership, VanDerGinst Law has donated countless hours and millions of dollars to organizations and causes that fall within the firm’s mission of helping children, the elderly, and veterans. He resides in Davenport, IA with his beautiful wife, Deana, and is bonus dad to four amazing kids. He is also grandpa to an adorable little boy.

Bar Admissions

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  • State of Illinois 1989-present
  • State of Iowa 1994-present
  • State of Wisconsin 1996-2013-present
  • United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois 1989-present
  • United States District Court for Central District of Illinois 1992-present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Federal Circuit 1990-present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa 2017-present

Professional Associations & Committees

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ASSOCIATIONS

  • Academy of Trial Professionals; 2004-2005
  • American Association for Justice; 1994-present
  • American Bar Association; 1989-present
  • Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (former National Board of Directors member)
  • Brain Injury Association; 1996-present
  • Chicago Bar Association; 1989-1992, 1997-2003
  • Cook County Bar Association; 1989-1992
  • DuPage County Bar Association; 1991-1993
  • Illinois Brain Injury Association; 1996-present
  • Illinois State Bar Association; 1992-present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; 1992-present
  • Iowa State Bar Association; 1994-present
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association; 1994-present
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association (former National Board of Directors member)
  • Pound Civil Justice Institute; 2004-present
  • Rock Island County Bar Association; 1992-present
  • Scott County Bar Association; 1994-present
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; 1998-present
  • Winnebago County Bar Association; 1996-1998
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers; 1996-1999

COMMITTEES

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

  • Automobile Law Committee; 1993-present
  • Litigation Section; 1993-present
  • Medicine & Law Committee; 1996-present
  • Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee; 1993-present
  • Tort Law & Insurance Section; 1993-present

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE

  • Attorney Information Exchange Group; 2000-present
  • Birth Injuries Litigation Group; 2000-present
  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group; 2000-present
  • Committee on Lawyer Marketing and Client Services; 1999-present
  • Eagle PAC member
  • Former AAJ State Delegate-Illinois
  • Former Chairman Sub-Committee on Internet Marketing and Client Services
  • Insurance Section; 1994-present
  • Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; 1994-present
  • Leader’s Forum
  • Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section 1994-present
  • Nursing Home Litigation Group; 2000-present
  • President’s Club
  • Product Liability Section; 1999-present
  • Professional Negligence Section; 1999-present
  • Railroad Law Section; 1999-present
  • Small Office Practice Section; 1999-present
  • Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts Section; 1999-present

ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

  • Civil Practice & Procedure Section; 1993-present
  • Elder Law Section; 1996-present
  • Insurance Law Section; 1993-present
  • Tort Law Section; 1993-present

ILLINOIS TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

  • Board of Advocates; 2000-2002
  • Civil Practice & Rules Committee; 1995-present
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee; 1997-1998
  • Former Board of Managers
  • Former Illinois State Delegate, ATLA
  • Insurance Law Committee; 1996-1999
  • Legislative Committee; 1995-present
  • Medical Negligence Committee; 1996-present
  • Membership Committee; 1996-present
  • Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee; 1999-present
  • Product Liability Committee; 1997-1999
  • Publications Committee; 1997-present
  • Young Lawyers Committee; 1999-2002

IOWA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

  • Law Panels Committee; 1994-1998
  • Litigation Section; 1994-present
  • Services to the Elderly Committee; 1996-2000

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

  • Bar Assn. Liaison to Young Lawyers Committee; 1998-2000
  • Board of Managers; 1998-2000

WINNEBAGO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

  • Continuing Legal Education Committee; 1996-1998
  • Editorial Board; 1996-1998
  • Legal/Medical Committee; 1996-1998
  • Professional Responsibility Committee; 1996-1998
  • Trial Section; 1996-1998

CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION

  • Class Litigation Committee; 1998-2004
  • Insurance Law Committee; 1998-2004
  • Tort Litigation Committee; 1998-2004

POUND CIVIL JUSTICE INSTITUTE

  • Board of Trustees; 2004-2006

 

Education

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EDUCATION

  • DePaul University – College of Law
    Chicago, Illinois
    Juris Doctor, Spring, 1989.
  • Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, Illinois
    Bachelor of Arts, Fall, 1985
  • Black Hawk College
    Moline, Illinois
    Fall, 1980 – Spring, 1982

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • April 11, 1992 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Insurance Liens, Set-off & Subrogation
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • May 7, 1992 – Continental Casualty Company
    Professional Lawyers Liability Program
    Peoria, Illinois
  • September 12, 1992 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Update & Review Seminar
    Chicago, Illinois
  • February 15, 1993 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Shotgun Seminar
    Chicago, Illinois
  • April 24, 1993 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Current Topics in Injury Victim Advocacy Seminar
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • August 20, 1993 – Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
    Pleadings & Practice
    Dubuque, Iowa
  • October 11, 1993 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Point/Counterpoint
    Chicago, Illinois
  • February 18, 1994 – Illinois State Bar Association
    Overview of New Developments in Civil Practice
    & Procedure from Jurisdiction to Appeals,
    Rock Island, Illinois
  • March 1, 1994 – Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Winning Depositions: Discovery, Techniques & Practice,
    Chicago, Illinois
  • April 12, 1994 – Quad City Claims Association
    Spring Seminar, Civil Practice Update
    Davenport, Iowa
  • May 7, 1994 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Evidence
    Chicago, Illinois
  • September 17, 1994 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Update & Review Seminar
    Chicago, Illinois
  • December 3, 1994 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Medical Malpractice
    Chicago, Illinois
  • January 14, 1995 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Product Liability Litigation
    Chicago, Illinois
  • February 18, 1995 – Illinois State Bar Association
    Civil Practice Update
    Rock Island, Illinois
  • April 11, 1995 – Quad City Claims Association
    Spring Seminar, Civil Practice Update
    Davenport, Iowa
  • May 6, 1995 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Life Before & After House Bill 20
    Chicago, Illinois
  • June 30, 1995 – Rock Island County Bar Association
    Tort Reform
    Rock Island, Illinois
  • October 12-14, 1995 – American Law Institute-American Bar Association
    Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims,
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • January 13, 1996 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Product Liability Litigation
    Chicago, Illinois
  • April 12, 1996 – Quad City Claims Association
    Spring Seminar, Civil Practice Update
    Davenport, Iowa
  • April 13-14, 1996 – Gonstead Methodology Institute
    Personal Injury
    Parkview, Iowa
  • April 20, 1996 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Trial Practice, Law Tactics and Techniques
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • June 7, 1996 – Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Successful Techniques in Winning Vehicle Accident Cases
    Chicago, Illinois
  • September 7, 1996 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    It’s a Whole New World, Civil Practice Update & Review
    Chicago, Illinois
  • September 6, 1997 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Issues, Answers and Legal Trends
    Chicago, Illinois
  • September 22-24, 1997 – Medical Intelligence Corporation
    Emergency Medicine and the Law
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • December 5, 1997 – Scott County Bar Association
    1997 Winter CLE Seminar, Seeing the Forest for the Trees
    Davenport, Iowa
  • January 3-7, 1998 – Boston University School of Medicine and
    The Center for Human Genetics
    14th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology,
    Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law
    Maui, Hawaii
  • March 16-17, 1998 – The National Law Journal and the New York Law
    Journal
    Fen-Phen, Medical Aspects & Potential Liability
    New York, New York
  • September 12, 1998 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    New Law – New Developments
    Chicago, Illinois
  • December 2, 1998 – Wisconsin State Bar Association
    Resolving Ethical Issues in Everyday Practice `98
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • March 26, 1999 – Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation
    Peoria, Illinois
  • September 18, 1999 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    What’s New in Tort & Trial, Civil Practice Update & Review
    Chicago, Illinois
  • December 1, 1999 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National
    College of Advocacy
    Taking the Driver’s Seat Against Allstate, State Farm, and Others When You’ve
    Been “Dolfed” Via Telephone
  • December 9, 1999 – The Law Firm Development Group, Inc.
    Just Think About Your Future as a Lawyer
    Chicago, Illinois
  • December 11, 1999 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Medical Negligence Seminar
    Chicago, Illinois
  • February 5, 2000 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    General Tort Litigation – Including Medical Issues
    Peoria, Illinois
  • February 21, 2000 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Product Liability – Premises Liability
    Chicago, Illinois
  • February 25-26, 2000 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National
    College of Advocacy
    Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • July 29-August 2, 2000 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    2000 Summer Convention
    Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation Group
    Ethical Considerations in Handling a Closed Head Injury Case from Interview
    Through Trial
    Construction Site Accident Litigation Group
    Chicago, Illinois
  • November 16-18, 2000 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    2000 Fall Board of Governors Meeting
    Nursing Home Litigation Group
    Washington, D.C.
  • December 1, 2000 – Scott County Bar Association
    Last Chance Seminar – Bar Relations and Ethics
    Davenport, Iowa
  • December 9-10, 2000 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National
    College of Advocacy
    Weekend with the Stars – Trial Strategies, Techniques to Master, and Taking
    Cases That Count
    New York City, New York
  • December 22, 2000 – TRT Inc., The Right Thing
    Advertising and Solicitation Updates
    Live Telephone Teleconference Seminar
  • February 9-15, 2001 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National
    College of Advocacy
    Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • March 23-24, 2001 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter
    Convention
    Nursing Home
    Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Railroad Law
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • April 20-21, 2001 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National
    College
    of Advocacy
    Litigating Nursing Home Cases
    Houston, Texas
  • April 26-28, 2001 – M & L Legal Management
    Legal Forum 2001
    Miami, Florida
  • July 13-18, 2001 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Summer Convention
    Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises
    Liability
    Insurance Law
    Products Liability
    Montreal, Canada
  • August 2-5, 2001 – American Bar Association
    Annual Convention
    Chicago, Illinois
  • September 15, 2001 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    What’s New in Tort and Trial
    Chicago, Illinois
  • September 21-23, 2001 – American Bar Association/Legal Tech
    Legal Technology Seminar
    New York City, New York
  • January 15-19, 2002 – M&L Legal Management
    Law Firm Management Seminar
    Key West, Florida
  • January 25-27, 2002 – Network Affiliates
    Mass Torts
    Nassau, Bahamas
  • February 9-13, 2002 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter
    Convention
    Baycol
    Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Nursing Home
    Miami, Florida
  • February 12 – 15, 2002 – Trial Lawyers Marketing
    Round Table
    Asset Protection
    Accutane Litigation
    Miami, Florida
  • March 13-14, 2002 – Mass Torts Made Perfect
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • June 26-30, 2002 – M&L Legal Management
    Client Services
    Aspen, Colorado
  • July 19-25, 2002 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Summer Convention
    Products Liability
    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Nursing Home
    Baycol Litigation
    Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability
    Railroad Law
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • July 24-26, 2002 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable
    “Legal Services via the Internet”
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • August 7-11, 2002 – Network Affiliates
    Servicing Mass Tort Clients
    Nassau, Bahamas
  • August 22, 2002 – Needles Case Management Systems
    Case Management
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • September 11-15, 2002 – Mass Torts Made Perfect
    Nassau, Bahamas
  • December 4-8, 2002 – Needles Case Management Systems
    Mass Torts
    Nassau, Bahamas
  • March 26-30, 2003 – Law Office Comparison Group
    Management and Legal Ethics
    New Orleans, LA
  • April 23-24, 2003 – Mass Torts
    Made Perfect
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • April 30-May 4, 2003 – Masters Marketing Group
    Cyberspace, the Final Frontier
    Dallas, Texas
  • June 19-20, 2003 – Mass Torts
    Made Perfect
    Securities, Drug, & Environmental Litigation
    Chicago, IL
  • June 25-29, 2003 – M&L Marketing and Management Seminar
    Ethical Case File Management Systems
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • July 19-23, 2003 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Summer
    Convention
    Confronting Juror Bias
    Computers and Law Office Technology
    Nursing Home Litigation
    Psychology of Persuasion
    Toxic Mold Litigation
    Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Medical Negligence
    Bad Faith Insurance Litigation
    Pharmaceutical Torts
    San Francisco, CA
  • July 22-25, 2003 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable
    Securities Fraud
    San Francisco, CA
  • August 7-10, 2003 – Network Affiliates
    Serving Hispanic Clients
    Vail, Colorado
  • November 6-9, 2003 – Masters Marketing Group
    Legal Services Via the Internet
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • February 12-18, 2004 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Winter
    Convention
    Nursing Home Fraud
    Damages for Elderly Clients
    Sick Building Syndrome
    July Selection
    Non-Catastrophic Injury Cases
    Orlando, Florida
  • February 17-19, 2004
    Trial Lawyers Roundtable
    Latest in Mass Torts
    Orlando, Florida
  • April 25-27, 2004 – Masters Marketing Group
    Public Relations
    Internet Legal Services
    Washington, D.C.
  • July 3-7, 2004 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – Summer
    Convention
    Nursing Home Litigation
    Hormone Replacement Therapy Litigation
    Ephedra Litigation
    Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • July 6-8, 2004 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable
    Product Liability Litigation
    Pharmaceutical Litigation
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • January 9, 2005 – Attorney Website Boot Camp
    San Diego, CA
  • January 29 – February 2, 2005 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    – Winter Convention
    Working with Experts, Low Impact/Biomechanical Engineer, Economic Damages,
    Chronic Pain, Elder Plaintiffs, Non Economic Damages, Female Plaintiff, Insurers
    Use of Computer Software, Cross Examination, Catastrophically Injured Infants,
    Focus Groups, Voir Dire, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Causation
    Palm Springs, CA
  • July 23-27, 2005 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – Summer
    Convention
    Bad Faith Insurance, Admiralty Law, Nursing Home Litigation, Complex Regional
    Pain Syndrome, Qui Tam Litigation, School Litigation, Demonstrative Evidence,
    Product Liability, Daubert/Experts
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • November 11-15, 2005 – Masters Marketing Group
    Mass Torts for the Masses
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • April 1, 2006 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    President’s Seminiar
    Chicago, Illinois
  • May 3-5, 2006 – Masters Marketing Group
    Legal Ethics
    New York, New York
  • July 14-19, 2006 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America-Summer
    Convention
    Persuasion and Jury Selection, Opening and Direct and Cross-Examination, Complex
    Regional Pain Syndrome, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability,
    Use of Technology at Mediation, Closing Arguments
    Seattle, WA
  • June 22-23, 2007- Professionally SpeakingPeanut Butter Salmonella cases, Zelnorm litigation, Mass Torts
    St. Louis, Mo
  • July 14-18, 2007- American Association for Justice-Summer Convention
    Mass Tort Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Cases
    Chicago, IL
  • October 8, 2007- Scott County Bar Association
    Continuing Education Seminar
    Davenport, IA
  • May 2, 2008- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    Current Issues in Professional Responsibility
    Oak Brook, IL
  • May 16-17, 2008- Professionally Speaking
    Pharmaceutical Litigation
    New Orleans, LA
  • May 30-June 1, 2008- Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
    Putting The Brakes On Unsafe Trucking Companies
    St. Louis, MO
  • June 19, 2008- Beasley/Allen Co Counsel Retreat
    Montgomery, AL
  • July 9-11, 2008- M&L Marketing and Management Seminar
    Mass Tort Litigation, Use of the Internet to Deliver Legal Services
    Coeur d’ Laine, ID
  • July 12-16, 2008- American Association for Justice -Annual Convention
    Nursing Home Litigation, Vehicular Crash Litigation, Civility in the Courtroom, Reengineering Your Practice, Using Technology in the Practice, Surgical Malpractice
    Philadelphia, PA
  • October 10, 2008- Rock Island County Bar Association
    Federal Practice Seminar
    Rock Island, IL
  • January 30, 2009- National Crime Victims Bar Association
    Monetary Compensation for Victims of Crime
    Davenport, IA
  • February 7-11, 2009- American Association for Justice-Winter Convention
    Current Perspectives in Professionalism, Avoiding Malpractice, Cross Examination of Defense Experts, Allstate Bad Faith, ERISA Subrogation, Fundamentals of Accident Reconstruction, Brain Injury Litigation, How Trucking Cases Differ From Motor Vehicle Cases, Maximizing Recoveries, Focus Groups/Voir Dire, Complete Immunity Preemption, Effective Life Care Plans, Medical Negligence.
    New Orleans, LA
  • February 15, 2011- Legal Malpractice/Risk Management
    Chicago, IL
  • July 11, 2011- Developments In Real Estate Law- Real Estate Institute
    Chicago, IL
  • July 20-13, 2013 – American Association for Justice -Annual Convention
    Combining Science, Intuition and Experience, Ethical Pitfalls, Technology Tools for Today’s Lawyer, Anatomy of an Injury Lawsuit, Bad Faith Insurance Litigation, Toxic and Environmental Torts, Updates in Medical Negligence Cases
  • San Francisco, CA
  • September 8, 2015- Illinois Institute For Continuing Education
    The Latest, Hottest and Weirdest Ethics Cases
  • September 25, 2015 Syngenta GMO Corn Litigation
    Litigation Update
    Champaign, IL
  • December 21, 2015 -Legal Ethics Top Ten Challenges- Illinois Institute for Continuing Education
  • March 14, 2017-Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email and Smartphone Evidence-The Ultimate Guide-National Business Institute
  • March 16, 2017- Negotiating and Reducing Subrogation Liens in Personal Injury Settlements – National Business Institute
  • March 20, 2017- Attorney-Client Privilege in Email- National Business Institute
  • March 22, 2017- “May it Please the Court”-Effective Presentation at Trial-National Business Institute
  • April 5, 2017- Slip, Trip and Fall Cases from Start to Finish- National Business Institute
  • April 6, 2017- CGL Policy Occurrences, Exclusions and Exceptions- Complex Issues- National Business Institute
  • April 11, 2017- Legal Ethics of Attorney Diligence- National Business Institute
  • April 20, 2017- Handling Nursing Home of Hospital Fall Down Claims- National Business Institute
  • April 27, 2017- Advanced Personal Injury
  • May 2, 2017- Attorney’s Guide to Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage- National Business Institute
  • June 1, 2017- Trucking and Transportation Law: FMCSA and DOT Compliance and More- National Business Institute
  • May 18-21, 2018- Mass Tort Immersion Course- Mass Tort Nexus- Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • March 5, 2019 – The World of VA – Basic Umbrella of VA Benefits – Veterans Advocates Group of America LLC, Orlando, FL
  • March 6-8, 2019 – The World of VA – Veterans Benefits Training Conference – Veterans Advocates Group of America LLC, Orlando, FL
  • March 8-11, 2019 – Four Days to Mass Tort Success – Mass Tort Nexus- Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • March 27, 2019 – Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claims Litigation- National Business Institute
  • March 28, 2019- Personal Injury From A to Z – National Business Institute
  • April 2, 2019- Personal Injury: Getting Your Evidence Admitted – National Business Institute
  • April 3, 2019 – Getting Medical Records and Bills Admitted Into Evidence – National Business Institute

 

Honors

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Current

  • “Lead Counsel”,
  • “Leading Lawyers” in Personal Injury Law
  • Advocate – National College of Advocacy
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • America’s Premier Lawyers
  • AV PREEMINENT Rating- Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Attorneys Network,
  • Best Attorneys of America, Rue Ratings
  • Certified Arbitrator
  • Client Champion- Martindale-Hubbell
  • Client’s Choice Award- AVVO Lawyer Rating Service
  • Honoree-Academy of Trial Professionals
  • Illinois State Delegate to American Association for Justice
  • International Who’s Who
  • Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who
  • Lifetime Honoree-Best Attorneys of America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Nation’s Top 1% Attorney-National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Pound Civil Justice Institute – Board of Trustees
  • Superb Rating (10/10)-AVVO Lawyer Rating Service
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers-American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers-American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers-The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 500 Attorneys in America- LawDragon Publications
  • Who’s Who in American Law

DePaul

  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students,
  • DePaul Legal Clinic, Chairperson
  • Student Bar Association Barrister’s Ball.

N.I.U.

  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • The National Dean’s List
  • Student Association Senator
  • Students Organized for Safety
  • Student Tenant Union
  • Tower’s Magazine
  • Who’s Who Among American College Students.

B.H.C.

  • Dean’s List
  • Student Representative Assembly
  • Sociology Teaching Assistant
  • Sports Editor of the college newspaper.

Experience

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  • VANDERGINST LAW, P.C. (04 -present)Managing Partner. Practice focused on economic and non economic damages cases, including but not limited to: medical malpractice, product liability litigation, nursing home negligence, mass tort litigation and all areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
  • VANDERGINST, ROCHE & WESTENSEE, LTD. (7/01-/04)Managing Partner. Practice focused on economic and non-economic damages cases, including but not limited to: medical malpractice, product liability litigation, nursing home, mass tort litigation and all areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
  • BRAUD, WESTENSEE & VANDERGINST, LTD. (7/99 -7/01)Managing Partner. Practice focused on economic and non economic damages cases, including but not limited to: medical malpractice, product liability litigation, nursing home, mass tort litigation and all areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
  • BRAUD/WESTENSEE, LTD. (1/95 – 6/99)Partner. Practice focused on economic and non economic damages cases, including but not limited to: medical malpractice, products liability litigation, nursing home, and all areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
  • BRAUD/WARNER, LTD. (1/92 – 12/94)Senior Associate Attorney. Practice focused on economic and non economic damages cases, including but not limited to: medical malpractice, products liability litigation, nursing home and all areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
  • BLACK HAWK COLLEGE (1/93 – 5/96)Adjunct Professor of Torts and Insurance Law.
  • WYLIE, MULHERIN, REHFELDT & VARCHETTO, P.C. (2/91 – 1/92)Associate Attorney. Trial and appellate practice focused on the fields of insurance defense and subrogation, plaintiff’s personal injury, worker’s compensation law, some exposure to general practice law.
  • LAW OFFICES OF DENNIS VANDERGINST (1/90 – 2/91)Solo practice focused on general civil and criminal litigation and appellate work.
  • LAW OFFICES OF ELLIOT SAMUELS (11/89 – 1/90)Associate Attorney. Focused on general civil and criminal litigation and appellate work.
  • LAW OFFICES OF ELLIOT SAMUELS (Spring, 1987 – Fall, 1989)Law Clerk. Responsibilities included extensive legal research and memoranda writing in diverse areas of civil and criminal law.
  • DEPAUL LEGAL CLINIC (1988 – 1989 school year)Student Attorney. Responsibilities included client interviews, research, motion and trial practice in the areas of divorce, adoption, and bankruptcy.

Publications & Seminars

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SEMINARS CONDUCTED

  • 2015-Present – “Ask The Expert” WOC Talk Radio
  • 2012-2013 – “Ask A Lawyer Anything” Weekly Program B-100
  • Fox Television – Weekly Legal FAQs Program
  • 1996-2000 – WQAD Television (Quad Cities ABC affiliate) Mid-day Call-In Program
  • January 1993 – May 1996 Adjunct Professor, Black Hawk College
    Torts and Insurance Law
  • March 8, 1994 – University of Iowa, Pre-Law Society
    Topic: Discussion Panel for Iowa State
    Bar Association, Law Panels Committee
  • February 28, 1995 – University of Iowa, Pre-Law Society
    Topic: Discussion Panel for Iowa State
    Bar Association, Law Panels Committee
  • April 19, 1995 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program
    Topic: Dealing with the Legal System and Patient Confidences
  • May 10, 1995 – Moline Orthopedic Associates
    Topic: AIDS Confidentiality Issues and Recent Tort Reform Legislation
  • November 14, 1995 – St. Ambrose University, Occupational Therapy Program
    Topic: How to Effectively Treat/Serve Patients and Still Insulate the Practitioner from Liability Exposure
  • April 4, 1996 – Association of Operating Room Nurses, Davenport
    Topic: Medical Malpractice in the OR and Insurance for OR and Recovery Room Nurses
  • April 17, 1996 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program
    Topic: How to Effectively Treat/Serve Patients and Still Insulate the Practitioner from Liability Exposure
  • November 5, 1996 – United Township High School
    Topic: Overview of Tort Law
  • November 15, 1996 – St. Ambrose University, Occupational Therapy Program
    Topic: Litigation, Insurance Claims and How to Avoid Malpractice
  • April 7, 1997 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program
    Topic: Practicing in Conjunction with the Legal System
  • April 11, 1997 United Township High School
    Topic: Tort Law and the Legal System
  • April 8, 1998 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program
    Topic: Risk Management and the Legal System
  • May 5, 1998 – United Township High School
    Topic: Tort Law and Contract Law
  • November 12, 1998 – United Township High School
    Topic: Tort Law and Contract Law
  • March 3, 1999 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program
    Topic: Risk Management and the Legal System
  • December 1, 2000 – Scott County Bar Association, Last Chance Seminar
    Topic: Trial Preparation: The Expensive & Inexpensive Way
  • July 16, 2001 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Summer Convention, Montreal, Canada
    Topic: Internet Usage for Law Firms
  • July 22, 2002 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Summer Convention, Atlanta, Georgia
    Topic: Bates: Then and Now
  • July 24-26, 2002 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Topic: Legal Services via the Internet
  • June 20, 2003 – Mass Torts Made Perfect
    Chicago, Illinois
    Topic: People Over Profits
  • July 22-25, 2003 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable
    San Francisco, California
    Topic: Public Relations and Community Events
  • April 11, 2004 – Quad Cities Chiropractic Consortium
    Davenport, Iowa
    Topic: How to Avoid Malpractice
  • July 8, 2006 – Quad Cities Chiropractic Consortium
    Milan, IL
    Topic: Disc Decompression
  • July 15, 2006 – Pound Civil Justice Institute
    Seattle, WA
    Topic: “The Whole Truth? Experts, Evidence, and the Blindfolding of the Jury.”
  • June 22-23,2007 – Professionally Speaking
    St. Louis, MO
    Topic: Peanut Butter/Salmonella Litigation, Agricultural Nuisance
  • October 8, 2007 – Scott County Bar Association
    Davenport, IA
    Topic: Mass Tort Litigation
  • November 3, 2008 – Risk Management and the Legal System
    St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
  • March 24, 2009 – Practice in Conjunction with the Legal System
    St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
  • October 10, 2010 – Liability Insulation for Treatment Providers
    St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
  • April 4, 2011 – Dealing with Patient Confidences
    St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
  • October 15, 2012 – Dealing with the Legal System
    St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
  • September 2013 – Trial Preparation: Expensive or Inexpensive?
    Iowa State Trial Lawyers Last Chance Seminar
  • July 2013 – Mass Tort Litigation
    M&L Management Conference
  • 2014 – People Over Profits
    Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, NV
  • July 24, 2015 – Recent Tort Reform Legislation
    Orthopedic Surgeons CME, Napa Valley, CA
  • October 2015 – Current Issues in Professional Responsibility
    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • July 25, 2016 – AIDS Confidentiality Issues
    Orthopedic Surgeons CME, Napa Valley, CA
  • October 20, 2016 – Litigation, Insurance Claims and How to Avoid Malpractice
    St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program
  • October 2016 – Anatomy of a Mass Tort
    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • March 4, 2017 – How to be Effective and Be Insulated Against Liability
    St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program
  • June 18, 2017 – Monetary Compensation for Victims of Crime
    National Crime Victim Bar Association, Davenport, IA
  • November 2017 – Insurance Considerations for OR and Recovery Room Nurses
    Association of Operating Room Nurses, Chicago, IL
  • April 2018 – Medical Malpractice in the OR
    Association of Operating Room Nurses, Chicago, IL

Civic & Charitable Organizations

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  • QCA Cares- Executive Director
  • Hard Headed Kids
  • Legally Speaking
  • Jaycees
  • Safe Kids Campaign
  • AARP Volunteer Legal Review Program

Paralegals

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Legal Assistants

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Community Relations

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