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

Professional Associations & Committees

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  • American Association for Justice; 2019-present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; 2019-present
  • Iowa Association for Justice; 2019-present

Education

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EDUCATION

  • University of Illinois College of Law
    Champaign, Illinois
    Juris Doctor, 2000
  • Illinois State University
    Normal, Illinois
    Graduate Credit in Chemistry, 1994
  • Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University)
    Kirksville, Missouri
    Bachelor of Sciences – Chemistry, 1993

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • March 29, 2012 – Federal Public Defender for the Central District
    Federal Sentencing Symposium
  • July 8, 2012 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Controversial School Liability Issues
  • July 8, 2012 – Georgetown University Law Center
    SCOTUS Speaks: What the Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision Will Mean for Americans
  • July 8, 2012 – West LegalEdcenter
    Social Media for Lawyers, Do’s, Don’ts, Why Nots, and You Probably Shouldn’ts
  • April 12, 2013 – Federal Public Defender for the Central District
    Why Criminal Defense Lawyers Matter
  • May 16, 2013 – Chicago Bar Association
    Hot Topics in Workers’ Compensation
  • June 15, 2013 – West LegalEdcenter
    An Argument for Civility
  • June 15, 2013 – zABA Section of Taxation
    An Ethics Challenge: Identifying and Addressing Conflicts of Interest in Tax Controversies
  • June 15, 2013 –New York City Bar
    Ethics for Litigators (2013)
  • June 20, 2013 – West LegalEdcenter
    The Cancer of Litigation Incivility-Suggested Cures from Trial Lawyers, Judges, Jurors, Courtroom Staff, Mediators and Witnesses
  • June 20, 2013 – Beverly Hills Bar Association
    Cloud Computing: Legal and Ethical Issues
  • June 25, 2013 – MCLE | New England
    Accounting and Finance for Lawyers 2013, Part 1 (of 2): What the numbers really mean
  • June 25, 2013 – Celesq AttorneysEd Center
    Asset Protection Challenges: Comparing Successful Plans to Unsuccessful Plans: Lessons to be Learned from What Worked Well
  • June 26, 2013 – Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
    Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know NOW
  • April 25, 2014 – Federal Public Defender for the CD of IL & U of I
    2014 CJA Panel Attorney Seminar
  • May 31, 2014 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Lack of Standing Defense in Foreclosure
  • June 6, 2014 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Emerging Standards of Servicing: A Borrower-Centric Focus for Avoiding Foreclosure
  • December 13, 2014 – Norton Institutes on Bankruptcy Law
    Basics of Bankruptcy: Allowance of Claims and Priority Claims
  • December 13, 2014 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Bankruptcy and the New Mortgage Servicing Rules
  • April 17, 2015 – Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District
    Why Lawyers Matter: Working with Expert Witnesses
  • April 26, 2015 – Chicago Bar Association
    The Changing Legal Landscape
  • April 26, 2015 – Teicher Professional Growth
    An Ethics Biography of F. Lee Bailey
  • May 11, 2015 – Celesq AttorneysEd Center
    Common Interest Privilege and Joint Defense: Ethical and Practical Considerations
  • May 11, 2015 – ABA
    Cloud Computing Issues That Trip Lawyers Up
  • May 14, 2015 – University of Minnesota Law School
    Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Part 1 (of 2)
  • May 31, 2015 – University of Minnesota Law School
    Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Part 2 (of 2)
  • May 31, 2015 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Discovery Issues with Accounting Records
  • May 31, 2015 – Celesq AttorneysEd Center
    The Supreme Court’s Decision in Mach Mining v. EEOC and its Implications for EEOC’s Presuit Process and Litigation
  • April 29, 2016 – Federal Public Defenders Office Central District
    Why Lawyers Matter: Miranda v. Arizona Then and Now
  • May 4, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Legal Ethics: Hot Trends and Case Law
  • May 4, 2017 – Teicher Professional Growth
    An Ethics Favorite: The Stupid Rule (or, “Rule 8.4” As Some Lawyers Call It)
  • May 4, 2017 – ALI CLE
    The Ethical Implications of Electronically Stored Information
  • May 4, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Professionalism: Attorney’s Obligations to the Client, the Court, and Other Parties
  • May 16, 2017 – Chicago Bar Association
    Navigating Civil and Criminal Tax Investigations
  • May 17, 2017 – Global Cyber Institute
    Cyber Attack: Is Your Board Prepared?
  • May 23, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    TRID in Real Estate Transactions: Key Strategies to Avoid Delays
  • May 24, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Foreclosure: 1099 Issues
  • May 31, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Protecting Assets From Creditors
  • May 31, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    New RESPA and TILA Rules for Mortgages
  • June 6, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Real Estate Transactions: Key Pitfalls to Avoid
  • June 6, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    The New HELP Act and the CFPB: Expanding Qualified Mortgage Coverage and Avoiding Mistakes
  • June 9, 2017 – New York City Bar
    Surviving the Residential Real Estate Closing: Prepare or Beware
  • July 11, 2017 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    New Bankruptcy Forms: Are You Ready for Big Changes?
  • July 11, 2017 – Chicago Bar Association
    Civil Rights and Police Litigation
  • July 12, 2017 – ALI CLE
    The Impaired Lawyer: Examining Legal, Ethical, and Reputational Considerations
  • July 13, 2017 – New Media Legal Publishing, Inc.
    Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right, What Do I Do? Dealing With Unethical Adversaries, Co-Counsel and Even Clients Who Don’t Play by the Rules
  • April 11, 2018 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Minimizing ERISA Liens in Personal Injury Settlements
  • April 11, 2018 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
  • Valuing Injury Cases and Increasing Claim Value
  • May 1, 2018 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Premises Liability
  • July 31, 2018 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Calculating Pain and Suffering in Auto Injury
  • February 13, 2019 – Financial Poise
    Legal Ethics – Best Practices 2019: Best Practice Regarding Technology
  • March 26, 2019 – NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
    Dental Malpractice Litigation

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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