Dennis VanDerGinst

Dennis VanDerGinst

VanDerGinst Law
  • Personal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice ...
  • Illinois, Iowa
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Summary

Attorney Dennis VanDerGinst is the President and CEO of VanDerGinst Law, PC, which has law offices throughout Illinois and Iowa. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in the country, Mr. VanDerGinst represents the rights injury victims.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. VanDerGinst has has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for those he has served across the nation. He has earned a membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he has received numerous awards and honors for his impeccable professionalism and service.

He holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel has voted him among the Top One Percent of lawyers in the United States. He has also received many other top rankings from his peers, including the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Society of Legal Advocates, and he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Award from Marquis Who’s Who. He has been selected to Super Lawyers and has been rated “Superb”, with a 10/10 rating from AVVO Lawyer Rating Service.

A leader in the legal community, Mr. VanDerGinst has served on the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's Board of Managers, and he is a former state delegate for Illinois to the American Association for Justice. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Iowa Association for Justice and is the current state delegate for Iowa to the American Association for Justice. He is likely the only person to have served in those capacities for both Illinois and Iowa. He has also served as a member of the Pound Civil Justice Institute's Board of Trustees.

He is admitted to practice in Illinois and Iowa as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Southern District of Iowa and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Education
DePaul College of Law
J.D. (1989)
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Professional Experience
President/CEO
VanDerGinst Law
- Current
Practice focused on all areas of personal injury law including, but not limited to: motor vehicle accidents, product liability, premises liability, construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, wrongful death litigation, mass and class actions and all cases where negligence has caused injury.
Managing Partner
VanDerGinst, Roche and Westensee
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Practice focused on all areas of personal injury law including, but not limited to: motor vehicle accidents, product liability, premises liability, construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, wrongful death litigation, mass and class actions and all cases where negligence has caused injury.
Managing Partner
Braud, Westenssee and VanDerGinst
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Practice focused on all areas of personal injury law including, but not limited to: motor vehicle accidents, product liability, premises liability, construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, wrongful death litigation, mass and class actions and all cases where negligence has caused injury.
Partner
Braud/Westensee, Ltd
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Practice focused on all areas of personal injury law including, but not limited to: motor vehicle accidents, product liability, premises liability, construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, wrongful death litigation, mass and class actions and all cases where negligence has caused injury.
Adjunct Professor
Black Hawk College
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Torts and Insurance Law
Senior Associate
Braud/Warner, Ltd
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Practice focused on all areas of personal injury law including, but not limited to: motor vehicle accidents, product liability, premises liability, construction accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, wrongful death litigation, mass and class actions and all cases where negligence has caused injury.
Associate Attorney
Wylie, Mulherin, Rehfeldt and Varchetto
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Practice focused primarily on insurance defense litigation and insurance coverage issues.
Associate Attorney
Elliot Samuels, Ltd.
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Practice focused on general civil litigation, criminal defense and appellate practice
Student Attorney
Depaul Legal Clinic
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Responsibilities included client interviews, research, motion and trial practice in the areas of divorce, adoption, and bankruptcy.
Law Clerk
Elliot Samuels, Ltd.
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Practice focused on general civil litigation, criminal defense and appellate practice
Publications
Articles & Publications
Busting Myths About Personal Injury
VMail
Certifications
Certified Arbitrator
State of Illinois Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
Awards
Top 1%
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Honorees are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.  Dennis has been so honored each year since 2015.
Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers accepts nominations from peers as to premier trial lawyers across the country who exemplify superior qualifications.  Dennis has been so honored since 2013
Member
Super Lawyers
Lawyer of Distonction
Lawyers of Distinction
Lawyers are nominated by peers. Then an independent review is done on indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition. Next, an ethics review is completed. Less than 10% of attorneys qualify
Superb rating, 10/10
Avvo
Avvo Client's Choice
Avvo
Avvo is a Lawyer Ratings Service. In addition to being rated 10/10 Dennis has been awarded the Client's Choice Award in Personal Injury. Dennis has earned this distinction since 2014
Client Champion Award: Gold Status
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent Designation
Martindale-Hubbell
Member
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Membership includes only those attorneys who have achieved million and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Fewer than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are allowed membership into this organization.
Member
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Honorees must have acted as Principal Counsel in at least one case which resulted in a trial verdict (and final judgment), award or settlement in the present value amount of Two Million Dollars or more.  Dennis first earned this honor back in 2007 when it was first established.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Premier Lawyers of America
Honorees are identified by an Advisory Committee or attorney nominations. That then evaluated based on a number if criteria including:  case outcomes, legal experience, certifications, teaching experience, published works, reviews, etc.  A second review is conducted to select lifetime honorees.  Less than 1% of attorneys are selected as a member of Premier Lawyers of America, Even fewer are honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  To be nominated is a privilege. To be recognized is a true honor. To receive the Lifetime Achievement award signifies an elite level of legal excellence that merits a once-in-a-lifetime recognition
10 Best Attorneys-Illinois
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
American Institute of Legal Counsel is an impartial third-party attorney rating organization comprised of 6 divisions consisting of Criminal, DUI/DWI, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Elder, and Family Law. The American Institute of Legal Counsel compiles an exclusive list of the “10 Best” Attorneys for each State. This is a prestigious honor for the Attorney as each Attorney must: Be formally nominated by the Institute, client, and/or fellow Attorney; Have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law; and Having done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating.
Best Personal Injury Law firm-Midwest USA
US Business News
US Business News ensures their awards are only given based on merit and not how many votes have been received. They investigate many different fields when judging a firm.  Dedication to client service, demonstrated excellence in areas of focus, reported verdicts and settlements, peer and client reviews, are all areas that are considered and factored into the decisions of their research team
BBB Torch Awards for Ethics
Better Business Bureau
Best Attorney- Reader's Choice Awards
Quad City Times
Selected by readers of the Quad City Times
Top 100 Lawyers
American Society of Legal Advocates
This honor is a nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. A team of lawyers spent six months researching tens of thousands of lawyers across the country and manually selecting less than 1.5% of all lawyers based on an array of criteria. ASLA’s Top 100 Lawyers recognize exceptional legal talent.
Lifetime Charter Member
Distinguished Justice Advocates
Less than 100 attorneys in each state are recognized, even fewer have been named as Lifetime Charter Members.
LIfetime Charter Member
Best Attorneys of America®
Less than 1% of Attorneys in the U.S. have been invited to even become a member. Becoming a Lifetime Charter Member is reserved for lawyers with an extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation, professionalism, and ethical standards. Lifetime Charter Membership is limited to 100 attorneys in each state.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Marquis Who's Who
Mr. VanDerGinst has been consistently selected to various lists of Who's Who over the years. But, in 2017 he was presented the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his many years of excellence in the legal profession. He was selected for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field
Member
The National Academy of Jurisprudence
The National Academy of Jurisprudence is an invitation-only professional organization, created for premier trial attorneys throughout the US.
Professional Associations
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Rucking Lawyers of America
National Advisory Board Member
Current
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National Crime Victim Bar Association
Former National Board of Directors
Current
Activities: Former National Board of Directors
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Pound Civil Justice Institute
Former Board of Trustees
- Current
Activities: Former Board of Trustees
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Brain Injury Association of America
Member
- Current
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Brain Injury Association of Illinois
Member
- Current
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American Association for Justice
Iowa State Delegate
- Current
Activities: Current Iowa State Delegate, former Illinois State Delegate, Leader's Forum, President's Club, Attorney Information Exchange Group, Birth Injuries Litigation Group, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Committee on Lawyer Marketing and Client Services, Former Chairman Sub-Committee on Internet Marketing and Client Services, Insurance Section, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section, Nursing Home Litigation Group, Product Liability Section, Professional Negligence Section, Railroad Law Section, Small Office Practice Section, Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts Section.
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Iowa State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Law Panels Committee, Litigation Section, Services to the Elderly Committee
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Iowa Association for Justice
Board of Governors
- Current
Activities: Iowa State Delegate to AAJ, CLE Committee, Sponsorship Committee, Legislative Committee
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Scott County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Illinois State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Civil Practice & Procedure Section, Elder Law Section. Insurance Law Section. Tort Law Section.
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Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Former Board of Managers
- Current
Activities: Board of Advocates 2000-2002, Civil Practice & Rules Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Former Illinois State Delegate, ATLA, Insurance Law Committee, Legislative Committee, Medical Negligence Committee, Membership Committee, Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee, Product Liability Committee, Publications Committee, Young Lawyers Committee
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Rock Island County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Bar Assn. Liaison to Young Lawyers Committee, former Board of Managers
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Automobile Law Committee, Litigation Section, Medicine & Law Committee, Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee, Tort Law & Insurance Section.
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Chicago Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Class Litigation Committee, Insurance Law Committee, Tort Litigation Committee
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Academy of Trial Professionals
Member
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Wisconsin Academy of trial Lawyers
Member
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Winnebago County Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Continuing Legal Education Committee. Editorial Board. Legal/Medical Committee. Professional Responsibility Committee. Trial Section
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Dupage County Bar Association
Member
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Cook County Bar Association
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
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Iowa
Supreme Court of Iowa
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7th Circuit
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Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Claims
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Contact & Map
VanDerGinst Law, P.C. - Injury Attorneys
4950 38th Ave
Moline, IL 61265
Toll-Free: (866) 797-5291
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: We are opening new cases and working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
VanDerGinst Law, P.C. - Injury Attorneys
1 N LaSalle St
Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60602
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
VanDerGinst Law, P.C. - Injury Attorneys
1030 Mount Vernon Road Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Toll-Free: (866) 797-5294
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: We are opening new cases and working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.