Dennis VanDerGinst

VanDerGinst Law, P.C. - Injury Attorneys
1030 Mount Vernon Road Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
800-797-5391
https://www.vlaw.com/


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

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

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

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

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

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

“Negligent Use of Self Defense  A Viable Cause of Action, But Is There Coverage?”
by James M. Roche & Dennis A. VanDerGinst
Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Volume 3, Number 1  Winter, 2001
“Tort “Reform” Versus Tort Fairness  A Call for Real Justice”
by Dennis A. VanDerGinst
“The Legal Profession Caught in the Net”
by Dennis A. VanDerGinst and James M. Roche
Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Volume 5, Number 2  Summer 2003
“Mass Tort Litigation: Is it For The Masses?”
by Dennis VanDerGinst
Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2006
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

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