VanDerGinst Law, P.C. - Injury Attorneys
1030 Mount Vernon Road Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
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.
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
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
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
Class Litigation Committee; 1998-2004 Insurance Law Committee; 1998-2004 Tort Litigation Committee; 1998-2004
POUND CIVIL JUSTICE INSTITUTE
Board of Trustees; 2004-2006
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
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
“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.
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