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. Schneiderheinze received the CALI Award for achieving the highest grade in her first-year property class. She was an associate editor for The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy and President of the Myra Bradwell Association of Woman Law Students. She also participated in mock court competitions.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Schneiderheinze spent several years as a law clerk for the Honorable Joe B. McDade, United States District Court Judge, Central District of Illinois. During her tenure as a law clerk, she assisted court-appointed monitors in Johnson v. Board of Education Champaign Community Unit School District #4, Case No. 00-CV-1349 (C.D. Ill.), a school desegregation case. She also worked as a staff attorney for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals drafting memorandum and opinions for federal appellate court judges in a variety of civil and criminal law matters.

Ms. Schneiderheinze is a seasoned litigator with almost 20 years of legal experience. Most recently she served as class co-counsel in NB v. Norwood, a federal class-action lawsuit seeking treatment for thousands of disabled children living in Illinois.

Ms. Schneiderheinze focuses on all areas of personal injury law, including complex and catastrophic injury cases. She practices law in the States of Iowa and Illinois, as well as various Federal Court Districts including the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Though not currently practicing this type of law, she is also a registered Patent Attorney.

Bar Admissions

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  • Illinois
  • Registered United States Patent Attorney
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois

Education & Honors

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  • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF LAW
    Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2000
    GPA 3.46/4.00
    The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy – Associate Editor 1999/2000
    Honors Designation in Legal Research and Writing
    Myra Bradwell Association of Women Law Students – President 1998/1999
  • ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Graduate Credit in Chemistry, 1994
    GPA 4.00/4.00
  • NORTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY (TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY)
    B.S. Chemistry, cum laude with honors in chemistry, 1993
    GPA 3.50/4.00

Professional Experience

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  • Attorney January 2018 – Present
    VANDERGINST LAW, P.C. MOLINE, ILLINOIS
  • Solo Practitioner July 2017 – January 2018
    NORMAL, ILLINOIS
  • Partner February 2015-July 2017
    HUNZIKER HECK & SCHNEIDERHEINZE LLC, PEORIA, ILLINOIS
  • Managing Partner July 2013-February 2015
    BLOOMINGTON LAW GROUP LLC, BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS
  • Solo Practitioner December 2010-June 2013
    BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS
  • Associate Attorney January 2007-November 2010
    HUNZIKER LAW GROUP LLC, PEORIA, ILLINOIS
  • Adjunct Faculty Member January 2007-May 2007
    ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE, EAST PEORIA, ILLINOIS
  • Law Clerk August 2000-August 2002; June 2004 – January 2007
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
    JUDGE JOE BILLY MCDADE, PEORIA, ILLINOIS
  • Staff Attorney August 2002 – June 2004
    UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT OFFICE OF STAFF ATTORNEYS
    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
  • Summer Associate May 1999 – August 1999
    LEYDIG, VOIT & MAYER
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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