Dennis VanDerGinst

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Moline, IL

VanDerGinst Law P.C.
 | 4950 38th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-282-7126
Fax: 309-517-3020
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Dennis VanDerGinst is the president and CEO of VanDerGinst Law, PC, which has law offices in Moline, Illinois, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in the country, Mr. VanDerGinst represents the rights and entitlements of plaintiff clients throughout the Quad Cities Area, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    • Personal injury litigation
    • General negligence
    • Product liability
    • Medical malpractice
    • Class actions and mass torts

    Over the course of his legal career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. VanDerGinst has achieved significant success advocating on behalf of injury clients across the nation, and he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for those he has served. As a result of his success, 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.

    Among his most notable accolades, Mr. VanDerGinst 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 Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. 

    Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. VanDerGinst has served as adjunct legal professor at Black Hawk College, where he has facilitated classes on torts and insurance law. He has also written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of topics.

    A leader in his legal community as well, Mr. VanDerGinst once served on the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's Board of Managers, and he is a former member of the Pound Civil Justice Institute's board of trustees as well as former state delegate for the American Association for Justice.

    Mr. VanDerGinst graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1985, and he obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 1989. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin 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.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products
    • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
    • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Class Actions, Asbestos, Toxic Torts

    Selections

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    Super Lawyers: 2020

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    White Papers

  • Busting Myths About Personal Injury (2019) - Discussion about common misconceptions regarding personal injury law

  • How truck and Car Accidents Differ (2019) - A discussion of the distinctions between accidents involving trucks versus those involving automobiles.

  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect (2019) - Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect and how to protect your loved ones.

  • Slip and Fall Accident Considerations (2019) - List of slip and fall considerations for law persons

  • Car Crashes and Wrongful Death (2019) - An examination of wrongful death laws and auto accident statistics

  • Personal Injury-Prelitigation and Litigation (2019) - An outline of the personal injury process from prelitigation through litigation

  • Bike Safety Issues (2019) - An outline of bicycle safety concerns and tips

  • Valuation of Personal Injury Cases (2018) - A discussion on how to evaluate personal injury cases

  • A Discussion on Workplace Injuries and Worker’s Compensation Law (2018) - A Discussion on Workplace Injuries and Worker’s Compensation Law

  • Steps to Take After an 18 Wheeler Truck Accident (2018) - Discussion of trucking accident law

  • Holiday Safety Guide (2018) - Tips for holiday safety

  • Do I need a Lawyer for My Car Accident? (2018) - Discussion regarding the need to select an attorney to assist with car accident cases

  • About Dennis VanDerGinst

    Admitted: 1989, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.vlaw.com/team-member/dennis-vanderginst/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Top 5% of Attorneys in the Country, Best Attorneys Network
    • Best Attorney-Lifetime Charter Member, Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America
    • Torch Award for Ethics, Better Business Bureau, 2019
    • Top Trial Attorneys in the Country, American Trial Lawyers Association, Premier Lawyers of America, the National Trial Lawyers Association and the American Society of Legal Advocates
    • Top Trial Attorneys in the Country, American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Top Trial Attorneys in the Country, American Society of Legal Advocates
    • Superb 10/10 Rating, Avvo, Superb Rating, Avvo, 2020
    • America’s Premier Lawyers
    • Best Attorneys of America, Rue Ratings
    • Advocate, National College of Advocacy
    • The Torch Awards for Ethics (Torch Award) honors companies whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics, and consequently generate trust. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers, and their communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau® mission of advancing marketplace trust. Entries are evaluated by an independent, voluntary panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders. Remember, since the judges do not know your organization, your written submission (including examples, stories, and documents) should provide a robust and accurate description of the organization’s culture., BBB Business of the Year-Torch Award, Better Business Bureau, 2019
    • Selected as the best attorney in the Quad Cities Area by a comprehensive, three month poll of readers., Best Attorney in the Quad Cities, Quad City Times Reader's Choice, 2019
    • 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., 10 Best Attorneys-Illinois, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
    • Less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are recognized by this prestigious award and must demonstrate the highest ideals of the legal profession., Charter Member-Distinguished Justice Advocates, Distinguished Justice Advocates, 2019
    • 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, Lifetime Achievement Award, Premier Lawyers of America, 2019
    • 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, Best Personal Injury Law Firm 2019 - Midwest USA, US Business News, 2019
    • 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., Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2020
    • 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, Top 100 Trial Lawyer, The National Trial Lawyers, 2020
    • Awarded based on merit as determined by an extensive research process and peer review vetting procedure., Best Law Firms of America, Best Attorneys of America, 2019
    • 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, Lawyers of Distinction, Lawyers of Distinction, 2020
    • 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., Top 100 Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2019
    • This award recognizes attorneys who excel at service as affirmed by clients.  It is based on the quantity and quality of client reviews., Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
    • Dennis was selected for Lifetime recognition based on an extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation and ethical standards., Best Attorney- Lifetime Charter, Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America, 2018
    • 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's Choice, Avvo, 2018
    • 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, Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who's Who, 2017
    • This recognition is based upon a thorough multi-phase process that evaluates influence, leadership, reputation and knowledge, Distinguished Lawyer, Expert Network, 2017
    • An honor bestowed based on a survey of attorneys throughout the state., Top Lawyers In Illinois, The Legal Network, 2016
    • A list of the Top 500 lawyers in the country according to LawDragon Publications., Top 500 Attorney, Lawdragon, 2016
    • Dennis was selected to receive this distinction between 2007-2013, each year it existed. It was based on a combination of criteria which included a survey of peers as well as a survey of clients. It was bestowed upon those attorneys who garnered the top one percent of results nationwide, "Best Attorney", Best Attorneys Network, 2013
    • This distinction in the area of personal injury law, was earned based on a survey of lawyers throughout the state., Leading Lawyer-Personal Injury, Leading Lawyers Network
    • Dennis has been included in this directory for many years.  It is based upon an independent review of his professional accomplishments., Honoree, Who's Who in American Law

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • United Stated District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 2017-present
    • Certified Arbitrator-Rock Island County, IL, 2004
    • State of Iowa, 1994-present
    • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1992-present
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Federal Circuit, 1990-present
    • State of Illinois, 1989-present
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1989-present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Illinois State Delegate, American Association of Justice
    • National Crime Victims Bar Association and the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, National Advisory Board
    • Pound Civil Justice Institute, Board of Trustees
    • American Bar Association, Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, August 2-5, 2001
    • American Association for Justice, Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts Section; 1999-present
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Summer Convention Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability, Insurance Law, Products Liability, Montreal, Canada, July 13-18, 2001
    • M & L Legal Management, Legal Forum, Miami, Florida, April 26-28, 2001
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National College of Advocacy Litigating Nursing Home Cases, Houston, Texas, April 20-21, 2001
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter, Convention, Nursing Home, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Railroad Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 23-24, 2001
    • American Association for Justice, Small Office Practice Section; 1999-present
    • American Association for Justice, Railroad Law Section; 1999-present
    • American Association for Justice, Professional Negligence Section; 1999-present
    • American Association for Justice, President’s Club
    • American Association for Justice, Product Liability Section; 1999-present
    • American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group; 2000-present
    • American Association for Justice, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section 1994-present
    • American Association for Justice, Leader’s Forum
    • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; 1994-present
    • American Association for Justice, Committee on Lawyer Marketing and Client Services; 1999-present
    • American Association for Justice, Insurance Section; 1994-present
    • American Association for Justice, Former Chairman Sub-Committee on Internet Marketing and Client Services
    • American Association for Justice, Former AAJ State Delegate-Illinois
    • American Association for Justice, Eagle PAC member
    • American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group; 2000-present
    • American Association for Justice, Birth Injuries Litigation Group; 2000-present
    • American Bar Association, Medicine & Law Committee; 1996-present
    • American Association for Justice, Attorney Information Exchange Group; 2000-present
    • American Bar Association, Tort Law & Insurance Section; 1993-present
    • American Bar Association, Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee; 1993-present
    • Winnebago County Bar Association; 1996-1998
    • American Bar Association, Litigation Section; 1993-present
    • American Bar Association, Automobile Law Committee; 1993-present
    • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers; 1996-1999
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; 1998-present
    • Scott County Bar Association; 1994-present
    • Rock Island County Bar Association; 1992-present
    • National Crime Victim Bar Association (former National Board of Directors member)
    • Pound Civil Justice Institute; 2004-present
    • Illinois State Bar Association; 1992-present
    • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association; 1994-present
    • Iowa State Bar Association; 1994-present
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; 1992-present
    • Chicago Bar Association; 1989-1992, 1997-2003
    • Illinois Brain Injury Association; 1996-present
    • DuPage County Bar Association; 1991-1993
    • Cook County Bar Association; 1989-1992
    • Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (former National Board of Directors member)
    • Brain Injury Association; 1996-present
    • American Bar Association; 1989-present
    • American Association for Justice; 1994-present
    • Legal/Medical Committee; 1996-1998
    • Academy of Trial Professionals; 2004-2005
    • Board of Trustees; 2004-2006
    • Tort Litigation Committee; 1998-2004
    • Insurance Law Committee; 1998-2004
    • Class Litigation Committee; 1998-2004
    • Trial Section; 1996-1998
    • Professional Responsibility Committee; 1996-1998
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee; 1996-1998
    • Editorial Board; 1996-1998
    • Board of Managers; 1998-2000
    • Bar Assn. Liaison to Young Lawyers Committee; 1998-2000
    • Litigation Section; 1994-present
    • Law Panels Committee; 1994-1998
    • Publications Committee; 1997-present
    • Young Lawyers Committee; 1999-2002
    • Medical Negligence Committee; 1996-present
    • Product Liability Committee; 1997-1999
    • Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee; 1999-present
    • Membership Committee; 1996-present
    • Legislative Committee; 1995-present
    • Insurance Law Committee; 1996-1999
    • Former Board of Managers
    • Former Illinois State Delegate, ATLA
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee; 1997-1998
    • Civil Practice & Rules Committee; 1995-present
    • Board of Advocates; 2000-2002
    • Tort Law Section; 1993-present
    • Insurance Law Section; 1993-present
    • Elder Law Section; 1996-present
    • Civil Practice & Procedure Section; 1993-present
    • State of Wisconsin 1996-2013-present
    • Formed the exploratory committee to establish the Quad Cities Area Bar Association, 2019
    • Active member American Bar Association 1989-present Medicine & Law Committee 1996-present Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee 1993-present Automobile Law Committee 1993-present Litigation Section 1993-present Tort Law & Insurance Section 1993-present, 2019
    • Active Member -Chicago Bar Association, 2019
    • Active member Iowa State Bar Association 1992-present. Litigation Section 1994-present Services to the Elderly Committee 1996-2000 Law Panels Committee 1994-1998, 2019
    • Active member Scott County Bar Association- 1994-present. Speakers Committee, Law Day Committee, 2019
    • Active member Illinois State Bar Association 1992-present. Civil Practice & Procedure Section 1993-present Insurance Law Section 1993-present Tort Law Section 1993-present Elder Law Section 1996-present, 2019
    • Active member Rock Island County Bar Association 1992- present. Board of Managers 1998-2000 Bar Assn. Liaison to Young Lawyers Committee 1998-2000, 2019
    • Active member Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.  Former Illinois State Delegate to AAJ 9formerly ATLA), ITLA Board of Managers 2003-? Board of Advocates 2000-2002 Medical Negligence Committee 1996-present Legislative Committee 1995-present Insurance Law Committee 1996-1999 Civil Practice & Rules Committee 1995-present Membership Committee 1996-present Product Liability Committee 1997-1999 Continuing Legal Education Committee 1997-1998 Publications Committee 1997-present Young Lawyers Committee 1999-2002 Product Liability and Insurance Law Committee 1999-present, 2019
    • Active member Iowa Association for Justice 1994-present., 2019
    • Active member American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA) 1994-present Former AAJ State Delegate-Illinois Former Chairman -Sub-Committee on Internet Marketing and Client Services Leader’s Forum President’s Club Eagle PAC member Interstate Trucking Litigation Group 1994-present Birth Trauma Litigation Group 2000-present Nursing Home Litigation Group 2000-present Birth Injuries Litigation Group 2000-present Attorney Information Exchange Group 2000-present Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section 1994-present Insurance Section 1994-present Railroad Law Section 1999-present Professional Negligence Section 1999-present Product Liability Section 1999-present Small Office Practice Section 1999-present Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts Section 1999-present Committee on Lawyer Marketing and Client Services 1999-present, 2019
    • Nartional Advisory Board Member-Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. , 2020
    • Member Brain Injury Association of America 1996-2016, 2018
    • Member- National Crime Victim Bar Association.  Formerly National Board of Directors member., 2016
    • Roscoe Pound Institute- Board of Trustees 2005-2007, 2007
    • Member Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Bar Assn. Liaison to Young Lawyers Committee; 1998-2000
    • AARP Volunteer Legal Review Program
    • Safe Kids Campaign
    • Jaycees
    • VanDerGinst Law Scholarship Program-Over the years the firm has given away tens of thousands of dollars through scholarship competitions. Graduating seniors vie for scholarship money donated by VanDerGinst Law via an essay contest.  In 2019 we are going to have scholarship contestants prepare a video on some aspect of the legal system, 2019
    • Services to the Elderly Committee; 1996-2000
    • “Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Seminars”– VanDerGinst Law is proud to coordinate and present a seminar series which focuses on recognizing the dangers to our loved ones in nursing homes, 2019
    • Hard Headed Kids Campaign- VanDerGinst Law has donated over 30,000 bike safety helmets to Illinois and Iowa children over the past several years.  Sometimes these giveaways take place in coordination with bike safety rodeos put on with various police departments and/or Safe Kid coalitions.  Other times we simply give them away at events we are hosting or sponsoring, 2019
    • “Legally Speaking” – VanDerGinst Law coordinates a program called “Legally Speaking”, which offers the firm’s attorneys as speakers for various functions and events. When appropriate, the firm’s offices are also made available for organizational meetings and functions, 2019
    • Grateful to Hometown Heroes- VanDerGinst Law prepares Free “Simple Wills” for veterans, active military, first responders and teachers, 2019
    • “Medico/Legal Seminars”– VanDerGinst Law proudly presents a series of seminars on medico/legal issues to the local medical and chiropractic community, 2019
    • VanDerGinst Holiday Bash-For several years VanDerGinst Law has hosted a holiday party to benefit local charities. It has become a local holiday tradition and it always a great time for a great cause, 2018
    • “Toys For Tots” – Every year VanDerGinst Law donates and collects new toys to be distributed by the U. S. Marine Corp. Toys for Tots program, 2018
    • “Coat Drive” – VanDerGinst Law donates a number of coats and coordinates an annual effort to collect new and used coats for the homeless and other needy individuals during the winter months, 2018
    • “QCA Cares”– Executive Director, For several years VanDerGinst Law proudly supported QCA Cares, a local charity dedicated to providing help for local individuals and families. VanDerGinst Law donated the office space in which the charity was held, paid for its’ utilities, paid for its social media and website, and donated money on an ongoing basis for its’ upkeep, 2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • April 25-27, 2004 – Masters Marketing Group, Public Relations, Internet Legal Services, Washington, D.C.
    • January 9, 2005 – Attorney Website Boot Camp, San Diego, CA
    • July 6-8, 2004 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable, Product Liability Litigation, Pharmaceutical Litigation, Boston, Massachusetts
    • 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
    • March 26-30, 2003 – Law Office Comparison Group, Management and Legal Ethics, New Orleans, LA
    • February 17-19, 2004, Trial Lawyers Roundtable, Latest in Mass Torts, Orlando, Florida
    • 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
    • November 6-9, 2003 – Masters Marketing Group, Legal Services Via the Internet, Phoenix, Arizona
    • August 7-10, 2003 – Network Affiliates, Serving Hispanic Clients, Vail, Colorado
    • July 22-25, 2003 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable, Securities Fraud, San Francisco, CA
    • 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
    • June 25-29, 2003 – M&L Marketing and Management Seminar, Ethical Case File Management Systems, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • June 19-20, 2003 – Mass Torts, Made Perfect, Securities, Drug, & Environmental Litigation, Chicago, IL
    • April 30-May 4, 2003 – Masters Marketing Group, Cyberspace, the Final Frontier, Dallas, Texas
    • April 23-24, 2003 – Mass Torts, Made Perfect, Atlanta, Georgia
    • July 24-26, 2002 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable, “Legal Services via the Internet,” Atlanta, Georgia
    • December 4-8, 2002 – Needles Case Management Systems, Mass Torts, Nassau, Bahamas
    • September 11-15, 2002 – Mass Torts Made Perfect, Nassau, Bahamas
    • August 22, 2002 – Needles Case Management Systems, Case Management, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • August 7-11, 2002 – Network Affiliates, Servicing Mass Tort Clients, Nassau, Bahamas
    • March 13-14, 2002 – Mass Torts Made Perfect, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • 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
    • June 26-30, 2002 – M&L Legal Management, Client Services, Aspen, Colorado
    • 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
    • April 1, 2006 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association President’s Seminiar Chicago, Illinois
    • January 25-27, 2002 – Network Affiliates, Mass Torts, Nassau, Bahamas
    • January 15-19, 2002 – M&L Legal Management, Law Firm Management Seminar, Key West, Florida
    • September 21-23, 2001 – American Bar Association/Legal Tech, Legal Technology Seminar, New York City, New York
    • September 15, 2001 – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, What’s New in Tort and Trial, Chicago, Illinois
    • 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
    • May 3-5, 2006 – Masters Marketing Group, Legal Ethics, New York, New York
    • July 25, 2016 – AIDS Confidentiality Issues, Orthopedic Surgeons CME, Napa Valley, CA
    • November 2017 – Insurance Considerations for OR and Recovery Room Nurses Association of Operating Room Nurses, Chicago, IL
    • June 18, 2017 – Monetary Compensation for Victims of Crime, National Crime Victim Bar Association, Davenport, IA
    • March 4, 2017 – How to be Effective and Be Insulated Against Liability, St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program
    • October 2016 – Anatomy of a Mass Tort, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • October 20, 2016 – Litigation, Insurance Claims and How to Avoid Malpractice, St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program
    • July 8, 2006 – Quad Cities Chiropractic Consortium, Milan, IL, Topic: Disc Decompression
    • October 2015 – Current Issues in Professional Responsibility, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • July 24, 2015 – Recent Tort Reform Legislation, Orthopedic Surgeons CME, Napa Valley, CA
    • 2014 – People Over Profits, Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, NV
    • July 2013 – Mass Tort Litigation, M&L Management Conference
    • September 2013 – Trial Preparation: Expensive or Inexpensive?, Iowa State Trial Lawyers Last Chance Seminar
    • October 15, 2012 – Dealing with the Legal System, St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
    • April 4, 2011 – Dealing with Patient Confidences, St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
    • October 10, 2010 – Liability Insulation for Treatment Providers, St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
    • March 24, 2009 – Practice in Conjunction with the Legal System, St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
    • November 3, 2008 – Risk Management and the Legal System, St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
    • October 8, 2007 – Scott County Bar Association, Davenport, IA, Topic: Mass Tort Litigation
    • June 22-23,2007 – Professionally Speaking St. Louis, MO, Topic: Peanut Butter/Salmonella Litigation, Agricultural Nuisance
    • July 15, 2006 – Pound Civil Justice Institute, Seattle, WA, Topic: “The Whole Truth? Experts, Evidence, and the Blindfolding of the Jury.”
    • June 20, 2003 – Mass Torts Made Perfect Chicago, Illinois, Topic: People Over Profits
    • April 11, 2004 – Quad Cities Chiropractic Consortium Davenport, Iowa, Topic: How to Avoid Malpractice
    • July 22-25, 2003 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable San Francisco, California, Topic: Public Relations and Community Events
    • November 5, 1996 – United Township High School, Topic: Overview of Tort Law
    • July 24-26, 2002 – Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable Atlanta, Georgia, Topic: Legal Services via the Internet
    • July 22, 2002 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Summer Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, Topic: Bates: Then and Now
    • July 16, 2001 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Summer Convention, Montreal, Canada, Topic: Internet Usage for Law Firms
    • December 1, 2000 – Scott County Bar Association, Last Chance Seminar, Topic: Trial Preparation: The Expensive & Inexpensive Way
    • March 3, 1999 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program, Topic: Risk Management and the Legal System
    • November 12, 1998 – United Township High School, Topic: Tort Law and Contract Law
    • May 5, 1998 – United Township High School, Topic: Tort Law and Contract Law
    • April 8, 1998 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program, Topic: Risk Management and the Legal System
    • April 11, 1997 United Township High School, Topic: Tort Law and the Legal System
    • April 7, 1997 – St. Ambrose University, Physical Therapy Program, Topic: Practicing in Conjunction with the Legal System
    • November 15, 1996 – St. Ambrose University, Occupational Therapy Program, Topic: Litigation, Insurance Claims and How to Avoid Malpractice
    • 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 17, 1996 – St. Ambrose University, Physical 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
    • May 10, 1995 – Moline Orthopedic Associates, Topic: AIDS Confidentiality Issues and Recent Tort Reform Legislation
    • 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
    • What’s New in Tort & Trial, Civil Practice Update & Review, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 18, 1999
    • March 8, 1994 – University of Iowa, Pre-Law Society, Topic: Discussion Panel for Iowa State Bar Association, Law Panels Committee
    • January 1993 – May 1996 Adjunct Professor, Black Hawk College Torts and Insurance Law
    • 1996-2000 – WQAD Television (Quad Cities ABC affiliate) Mid-day Call-In Program
    • Fox Television – Weekly Legal FAQs Program
    • 2012-2013 – “Ask A Lawyer Anything” Weekly Program B-100
    • 2015-Present – “Ask The Expert” WOC Talk Radio
    • “Tort “Reform” Versus Tort Fairness – A Call for Real Justice” by Dennis A. VanDerGinst
    • Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National College of Advocacy, Atlanta, Georgia, February 25-26, 2000
    • Product Liability – Premises Liability, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 2000
    • General Tort Litigation – Including Medical Issues, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Peoria, Illinois, February 5, 2000
    • Medical Negligence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, December 11, 1999
    • Just Think About Your Future as a Lawyer, The Law Firm Development Group, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, December 9, 1999
    • Taking the Driver’s Seat Against Allstate, State Farm, and Others When You’ve Been “Dolfed” Via Telephone, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National College of Advocacy, December 1, 1999
    • Trial Practice, Law Tactics and Techniques, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, St. Louis, Missouri, April 20, 1996
    • Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Peoria, Illinois, March 26, 1999
    • Resolving Ethical Issues in Everyday Practice `98, Wisconsin State Bar Association, Madison, Wisconsin, December 2, 1998
    • New Law – New Developments, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 12, 1998
    • Fen-Phen, Medical Aspects & Potential Liability, The National Law Journal and the New York Law Journal, New York, New York, March 16-17, 1998
    • 14th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law, Boston University School of Medicine and The Center for Human Genetics, Maui, Hawaii, January 3-7, 1998
    • 1997 Winter CLE Seminar, Seeing the Forest for the Trees, Scott County Bar Association, Davenport, Iowa, December 5, 1997
    • Emergency Medicine and the Law, Medical Intelligence Corporation, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 22-24, 1997
    • Issues, Answers and Legal Trends, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 6, 1997
    • It’s a Whole New World, Civil Practice Update & Review, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 7, 1996
    • Successful Techniques in Winning Vehicle Accident Cases, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, Illinois, June 7, 1996
    • Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Charleston, South Carolina, October 12-14, 1995
    • Personal Injury, Gonstead Methodology Institute, Parkview, Iowa, April 13-14, 1996
    • Spring Seminar, Civil Practice Update, Quad City Claims Association, Davenport, Iowa, April 12, 1996
    • Product Liability Litigation, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 13, 1996
    • Product Liability Litigation, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 14, 1995
    • Tort Reform, Rock Island County Bar Association, Rock Island, Illinois, June 30, 1995
    • Life Before & After House Bill 20, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 6, 1995
    • Spring Seminar, Civil Practice Update, Quad City Claims Association, Davenport, Iowa, April 11, 1995
    • Civil Practice Update, Illinois State Bar Association, Rock Island, Illinois, February 18, 1995
    • Overview of New Developments in Civil Practice & Procedure from Jurisdiction to Appeals, Illinois State Bar Association, Rock Island, Illinois, February 18, 1994
    • Medical Malpractice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1994
    • Update & Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 17, 1994
    • Evidence, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 7, 1994
    • Spring Seminar, Civil Practice Update, Quad City Claims Association, Davenport, Iowa, April 12, 1994
    • Winning Depositions: Discovery, Techniques & Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 1, 1994
    • Discussion of liability issues affecting chiropractors in Illinois, including confidentiality issues and sexual harassment insulation. Also discussed proper responses to subpoenas and requests for medical records. Additionally, discussed tips for giving ethical and persuasive testimony, Speaker, Insulation From Malpractice and Other Liability Exposure/Dealing with the Legal System, Prairie State Chiropractic Association, Chiropractic, 2019
    • Point/Counterpoint, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, October 11, 1993
    • Pleadings & Practice, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Dubuque, Iowa, August 20, 1993
    • Current Topics in Injury Victim Advocacy Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, St. Louis, Missouri, April 24, 1993
    • Shotgun Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, February 15, 1993
    • Update & Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, September 12, 1992
    • Professional Lawyers Liability Program, Continental Casualty Company, Peoria, Illinois, May 7, 1992
    • Insurance Liens, Set-off & Subrogation, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, St. Louis, Missouri, April 11, 1992
    • A discussion on how to effectively treat patients with physical therapy and insulate oneself against liability for malpractice, Speaker, Insulating Your Practice Against Liability Exposure, Association of Orthopedic Surgeons- Quad Cities, Physical Therapy, 2019
    • A presentation to the Association of Operating Room Nurses regarding potential malpractice risks, Speaker, Medical Malpractice in the OR, Association of Operating Room Nurses, 2018
    • A presentation about the types of crimes which might lead to insurable negligence actions and other means of seeking compensation as a victim of crime, Speaker, Monetary Compensation for Victims of Crime, National Crime Victim Bar Association, 2017
    • Presentation to OR and Recovery Room nurses about insurance considerations, Speaker, Insurance Considerations for OR and Recovery Room Nurses, Association of Operating Room Nurses, 2017
    • A discussion on how to effectively treat patients with physical therapy and insulate oneself against liability for malpractice, Speaker, How to be Effective and Be Insulated Against Liability, - St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program, 2017
    • A discussion of the general make up of a mass tort action from start to finish, Speaker, Anatomy of Mass Torts, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
    • A discussion on how to cope with the legal profession while practicing physical therapy effectively., Speaker, Litigation, Insurance Claims and How to Avoid Malpractice, - St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program, 2016
    • A presentation to a national group of orthopedic surgeons regarding confidentiality issues., Speaker, AIDS Confidentiality Issues, Orthopedic Surgeons CME, 2015
    • A presentation to a national group of orthopedic surgeons regarding changes in tort reform laws that could impact the practice of medicine, Speaker, Recent Tort Reform Legislation, Orthopedic Surgeons CME, 2015
    • A discussion on ethical advertising for lawyers, Speaker, Current Issues in Professional Responsibility, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
    • A presentation to mass tort attorneys about the People Over Profits campaign of the American Association for Justice., Speaker, People Over Profits, Mass Torts Made Perfect, 2014
    • A discussion on mass tort litigation from start to finish, Speaker, Mass Tort Litigation, M & L Attorney Management Conference, 2013
    • A discussion of the various financial considerations which go into trial preparation, Speaker, Trial Preparation: Expensive or Inexpensive? , Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • Presentation on proper record keeping, responses to subpoenas and requests for records, giving depositions and trial testimony and insulation from malpractice., Speaker, Dealing with the Legal System, - St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program, 2012
    • Mass Tort Litigation: Is it For the Masses? Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2006.  Article explores the viability of small and mid sized practices in handling mass tort cases, www.vlaw.com/legal-articles-Mass-Torts/, Author, Mass Tort Litigation: Is it For the Masses?, Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
    • The Legal Profession Caught in the Net, Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 5 No. 2, Summer 2003.  A discussion of use of the internet to both market and deliver legal services., Author, The Legal Profession Caught in the Net, Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
    • Negligent Use of Self Defense- available Cause of Action, But Is There Coverage? Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 3, Number 1 – Winter, 2001. An exploration of insurance coverage issues attorneys face when handling claims of negligent use of Self Defense, Author, Negligent Use of Self Defense- available Cause of Action, But Is There Coverage?, Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2001

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Aceviz, et al v Lee, et al.  Bar fight resulting in dram case against bar and battery cases against assailants. Verdict in favor of one Plaintiff in the amount of $200,000 ( $50,000 compensatory and $150,000 punitive) and in favor of other Plaintiff in amount of $197,356. ($47,356 compensatory and $150,000 punitive), 2019
    • Estate of Raymond v Furr's hauling et al. Plaintiff's decedent was crossing road in pedestrian crossing. Defendant driver was hauling concrete and failed to stop in time partly due to overloaded truck. After mediation case settled against one party for policy limits of $.5 million. Case continues against the other party, 2019
    • Estate of Pondelek v Manning, et al. A good result for a tragic case. Our decedent rear ended what we contended was an overloaded semi.  There were no eyewitnesses to the crash as the decedent died immediately. Crash had to be reconstructed. We argued that semi should not have turned from frontage road into the lane of travel it did, especially given foggy conditions that day. Case was mediated and resulted in settlement of $400,000, 2019
    • Lueth o/b/o Lopez v City of Muscatine and Muscatine School District. Cafeteria tables fell on minor plaintiff causing neck and shoulder issues requiring surgery.  the tables were stacked improperly by the school district and the event at which the accident occurred was half by the City park district.  Case was arbitrated and resulted in an award of $300,000 for plaintiff, 2019
    • Kellums v Pour House, et al.  Plaintiff was a passenger on a motorcycle when the driver of the motorcycle hit the motorcycle in front of them.  Plaintiff flew off slamming head on pavement and had a concussion, lots of road rash, neck, shoulder back pain. Settled UIM claim for $70,000.  Dram action still pending., 2019
    • Guy v Thurston. MVA resulted in aggravation of preexisting neck and back problems. Settled for policy limits of $100,000 from tortfeasor and $40,000 from client's underinsurance, 2019
    • Baumgartner v Imming.  Rear end collission.  Soft tissue injuries resulted in $73,000 arbitration award., 2019
    • Riley v Korpela. Defendant ran stop sign and t-boned Plaintiff.  Plaintiff was diagnosed with a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty on her left shoulder. Settled for $200,000, 2019
    • Teager v Bote.  Plaintiff is wheelchair bound and was waiting to cross street and pickup made a U turn slamming into her and knocking her out of her wheelchair.  Paige had a broken fibula. Settled for $100,000 policy limits, 2019
    • Burton V Davis and Enterprise.  Multi-car accident resulted in multiple claimants arguing over minimal coverage.  Carrier filed action.  Mediation resulted in client receiving highest distribution available, $125,000, 2018
    • Voshell v Holst.  MVA ankle injury.  Settled for $200,000, 2018
    • Preston v Kerkenbush.  Plaintiff fell down unlit stairs at a college party.  Suffered severe head injury.  No handrails.  Arbitration award of $600,000., 2018
    • Carter v Skip a long.  17 month old burned at day care.  Minimal scarring.  Settled for $650,000, 2018
    • Willard v Koch. Rear end collision resulted in meniscus tear. Prior injury created argument that this was not caused by the accident. Mediation resulted in settlement for policy limits of $100,000, 2018
    • Kiel V The Powder House. Plaintiff had two fingers amputated by mast of a fork lift when pallet tipped forward while load was being transported.  Liability disputed. Arbitration award netted $85,000 after work comp lien was satisfied, 2018
    • Francis v Wells.  Auto accident.  Fractured sternum.  Settled for policy limits of $25,000, 2018
    • Frazier v Sullivan. Motor vehicle accident, dislocated hip. Mediation settled $77,930, 2018
    • Anselmi v McCullough  Motor vehicle collision.  Disputed liability.  Arbitration award $42,277., 2018
    • Barton V Miller Motor vehicle accident,  Soft tissue injuries.  Settled for $25,000 policy limits, 2018
    • Vannatta v VanWyk Inc. Plaintiff was in a vehicle, stopped for another accident when he was rear ended by a semi. Plaintiff was working at the time so received workers compensation benefits. He suffered a laceration to the head and a partial degloving to the scalp which was surgically repaired, a clavicle fracture and a broken tooth. Workers comp liens was reduced to $39,000 and case settled for $200,000, 2018
    • Loving v Stevens, et al.  Plaintiff was hit head on by a drunk driver.  She suffered a broken nose, hip, femur, thumb, tibia and needed stitches on her forehead.  There was no battle over liability, just damages.  Ultimately, it settled for the policy limits of $250,000., 2018
    • Frazier v Sullivan, et al. Plaintiff had called a friend to ask for a ride after an evening of partying. However, what he didn't know was his friend had also been drinking.  She ended up crossing the center line and collided with another vehicle. Plaintiff suffered knee injury requiring physical therapy. Defendant had no insurance so a claim was made on Plaintiff's underinsurance coverage. The carrier initially denied liability due to statements from a witness that plaintiff had been seen arguing with defendant and pulled the steering wheel forcing the vehicle to cross the center line. We named two additional defendants in dram shop actions in order to get a sense of defendant's level of intoxication. Through that effort we were also able to discredit the witness statement and force a policy limit settlement from the UIM carrier. We also received confidential settlements form the dram carriers, 2018
    • Burton family. We represented a family of four who were seated in two separate cars. One car was rear ended at a high rate of speed and was pushed into the other car. The injuries for 3 of the family were relatively minor soft tissue. The problem was that the fourth individual, a child, had significant injured including a mild closed head injury. To further exacerbate things there were a total of 10 claimants in the accident and the defendant only carried limits of $50,000 per individual and $100,000 per accident. The vehicle in which the most injured child was located was a rental vehicle which did not carry underinsured coverage. Fortunately, ewe were able to access some UIM coverage though her mother's policy. We then mediated the case with all ten claimants and were able to get everyone to agree to $50,000 to the most injured child, plus we supplemented that with $50,000 UIM and negotiated an almost total waiver of the medical liens. We additionally secured $40,000 of the remaining $50,000 for our other three clients, 2018
    • Kiel v the Powder House. Plaintiff was a truck driver. His duties included driving and unloading the freight. On day of the accident he drove his truck to Defendant's business in Ohio. There was an 8-foot pallet on the trailer that needed to be unloaded. Mr. Dale did not have fork extensions to make the forks longer. As they were unloading the 8-foot pallet, it started to tip forward and cut off the tips of Mr. Kiel’s third 3rd and 4th fingers on his right hand. He incurred approximately $29,000 in medical bills for remedial measures. Work comp had paid $68,000 in benefits, including the medical bills. Defendant denied liability, arguing that plaintiff did not have authority to attempt to do the unloading and that he assumed the risk of injury and was comparatively negligent. They also argued that his company was liable as a third party due to negligent training and supervision. We used that argument to induce a waiver of the worker's comp lien and obtained an $85,000 mediated settlement from defendant, 2018
    • Weeks obo Jackson v Rivermont. Very strange set of facts. Plaintiff's mother got a call from the school that her  6 year old son was found unconscious on the playground and he was being taken to the hospital.  When she arrived she was told that his scarf had gotten caught on the playground equipment and he was strangled by it. C1 and C2 were out of alignment and after being released from NICU he had to be in a brace for several weeks.  We argued negligent supervision. Defendant denied liability arguing that our theory was speculative since nobody came forth to say what had happened. They also argued various immunities applied. Ultimately, we negotiated a settlement of $120,125.  All medical liens were waived. The court and the GAL felt it was an outstanding resolution under the circumstances, 2017
    • Adkins v Clinton Housing Authority. Plaintiff slipped and fell on ice that had accumulated on the sidewalk outside her apartment building, causing a broken leg. Defendant denied liability claiming Act of God, natural accumulation, comparative negligence and no reasonable opportunity to remedy. Discovery revealed that the water pooled in a hollow in the sidewalk and had been forced there by a downspout. Weather reports revealed the temperature would have caused the ice to form for a time period more than ample to give landlord an opportunity to remedy. The case was mediated and settled for $125,000, 2017
    • Hall v WHR, et al. Plaintiff was on his second day of the job as a pipefitter. His crew had asked a crane operator to assist in moving a large hose. Plaintiff was instructed to unhook the safety latch. When he did he was shocked and thrown some distance. We alleged that the crane operator either came in contact with, or came close enough for electricity to arc from, a power line that was near the work area.  Defendant argued that plaintiff had not been properly trained and therefore brought his employer in as a third party defendant. The also argued that plaintiff was not shocked due to absence of exit wounds and other inconsistencies with respect to his complaints. Our experts were able to show gross negligence of the crane operator. I was able to elicit testimony from the operator's supervisor and co workers that he was ill trained and should have handled things differently. Defendant ultimately settled for a significant, but confidential amount, and the workers compensation carrier waived a significant amount of their lien, 2017
    • Lease v North Scott.  Minor was injured when he was asked by track coach to move a metal field goal upright along with some other boys and it fell and landed on him. He sustained 4 vertebral fractures and a collapsed lung.  Defendant denied liability initially, arguing immunity.  Case eventually settled for $125,000 after obtaining lien waivers.  Court and GAL approved the settlement and applauded the result. , 2017
    • Milhouse v Putnam Museum. Plaintiff and her husband were viewing exhibits. Plaintiff was taking pics of an exhibit, standing in the doorway. An electrical sign above her fell and hit her on the right head, jaw, face, and shoulder. Sign was metal and was about 1 1/2 feet tall. She sought treatment for headaches, shoulder and jaw pain. We referred her to follow up on a potential closed head injury. That was essentially ruled out and she was left with about $20,000 in physical therapy and neurologist bills. Defendant initially denied liability arguing that the accident could not have happened the way described by plaintiff, but eventually relented. Next, they argued het injuries were short lived and mostly diagnostic other than a couple thousand dollars of PT. Eventually, the case was mediated and resolved for a confidential sum, 2016
    • Cheville v SJ Smith Welding Supply. Plaintiff was a retiree who had come to the store to purchase oxygen for a cutting torch. Although he had been to the store dozens of times over the years and was exiting the same door he entered, he misstepped as he left, due to a two inch stepdown he had never previously noticed. His fall resulted in a shattered femur which required hardware. Defendant denied liability.  In the course of discovery it was shown that defendants knew the stepdown was problematic because the had previously painted it bright yellow to warn of the step down, and had a watch your step sign. However, photos taken shortly after the fall showed that the paint had worn almost completely away and that a shelving unit had obscured the warning sign. So, even though there was a reasonable arhument for comparative negligence against the plaintiff we were able to secure $75,000 from the defendant. After getting reductions from lienholders the plaintiff still pocketed almost $40,000 despite having admittedly traversed that door dozens of times before, 2016
    • Hoffert v Sartori Hosp. Plaintiff suffered a mild stroke.  Admitted to hospital and was doing well an suddenly suffered another massive stroke.  Radiologist had neglected telling neurosurgeon about a clot in the carotid artery which moved out of the neck and caused the stroke. Case settled for $950,000, 2016
    • Martinez v Fieldar. Plaintiff was struck head on when an elderly woman lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line. miraculously, neither party was significantly injured in any respect except that Plaintiff's eyeball was extricated upon impact and he was forced to have an implant. Even though this was not a commercial vehicle defendant was well insured and we were able to recover the full limits of her liability coverage and umbrella for $1 million, 2016
    • Seymour v Seemayer, et al. Filed in Rock Island County. Plaintiff was a passenger on the back of motorcycle driven by defendant. Defendant was traveling too close to another vehicle, lost control and crashed. Plaintiff was thrown from the bike and suffered injuries to left knee, left elbow and right wrist. She treated with a scope to the knee and physical therapy. Medical bills were just under $19,000. A dram action was also instituted against the tavern they had been at prior to the accident. However, it was determined during discovery that any intoxication of Defendant occurred due to drinking from a flask on his person. Therefore, the dram action was settled for a confidential nuisance value. The remaining Defendant argued that Plaintiff had assumed the risk of injury.  On the eve of trial Defendant tendered the policy limits to settle the case, 2015
    • Oak v Environmental Services. Father and son plaintiffs were in truck proceeding down roadway when garbage truck's brakes apparently gave out going downhill and struck side of plaintiff's vehicle.  Both plaintiffs suffered soft tissue injuries. Defendant denied liability and took issue with amount of damages. Case was mediated and settled for $85,000 for the father and $65,000 for the son, 2015
    • Kurtti v Brown Mackee College. Plaintiff was a student at Defendant.  Her class was instructed to go outside to play Red Rover in order to learn something about the nature of cells.  Instead she learned the nature of dumb.  One of the students ran into her and knocked her backwards causing her to twist her knee and suffer a ruptured ACL.  Defendant denied liability and a lawsuit was filed.  Case ultimately mediated and settled for $120,000., 2015
    • Johnson v Schuster.  Driver of Big Rig was distracted and blew a stop sign, colliding with driver and killing him.  His widow retained us to bring suit. Ultimately settled for policy limits of $1 million., 2015
    • Schabilion v Edwards.  Plaintiff's decedent was killed in a plane crash.  The plane was piloted by a friend who was assessed as guilty of pilot error.  Unfortunately, he was not insured.  Defendant maintained that despite his grief over the loss of his friend, he was not to blame.  A lawsuit was filed and during defendant's deposition it became clear that he had turned too sharply, lost air under the wings, causing a tall which led to the crash.  Defendant agreed to settlement of $50,000, which represented the most he could have done without being forced into bankruptcy.  , 2014
    • LeCornu v Hays. Plaintiff, age 91, was a passenger in friends vehicle. Friend lost control and car went into a ditch. Plaintiff sustained broken sternum and multiple minor injuries. Case settled for policy limits of $250,000, 2014
    • Judkins v Mattingly.  Plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident with truck owned by defendant and driven by one of their employees.  Plaintiff's injuries included shoulder problems requiring surgery and nearly $50,000 in medical bills.  Case was mediated in St. Louis and settled for $340,000, 2014
    • Rangel v R &R Lawn Care. This was a tragic case where the decedent was crushed between two trailers while working at Roadway Express in Rock Island, IL.  It occurred when a co-worker accidentally clipped one trailer while moving another.  That trailer skidded on the ice and crushed decedent who was working between two other trailers.  It was a horrific accident.  Fortunately for the family, since it occurred on the job there was worker's compensation benefits.  However, the family was unsuccessful in finding an attorney to look for a third party case until they came to VanDerGinst Law. After investigation it was determined that the defendant had been contracted to remove snow on the lot where the accident occurred. During discovery it was revealed that two days before the accident the defendant had pushed snow to the outer portion of the lot in huge mounds. The next day the temperatures warmed. It was our position that when the water which ran off of those mounds of snow refroze the next day it became an unnatural accumulation of snow for which defendant was responsible. Eventually, the case settled for policy limits of $100,000 and we were able to get the comp carrier to agree to waive their lien, 2013

    Representative Clients:

    • Dennis VanDerGinst exclusively represents persons who have been injured, 2019

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Better Business Bureau Business of the Year-Torch Award Winner-  The Torch Awards for Ethics (Torch Award) honors companies whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics, and consequently generate trust. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers, and their communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau® mission of advancing marketplace trust. Entries are evaluated by an independent, voluntary panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders, 2019

    Videos:

    • This video discusses the biography of Dennis VanDerGinst, the origins of VanDerGinst Law and the mission of the firm. , The Vision of VanDerGinst Law, Consumers, Law, 2019
    • VanDerGinst Law and Dennis VanDerGinst were awarded the Torch Award for Ethics by the Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Better Business Bureau.  This is the first time a law firm was ever so honored in this region, BBB Torch Award For Ethics, Business, Law, 2019
    • A discussion of what VanDerGinst Law can do to help injured persons, Why VanDerGinst Law?, Consumers, Law, 2019
    • A discussion of Medical Malpractice law and the approach taken by VanDerGinst Law, Medical Malpractice, Consumers, Law, 2019
    • , Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Consumers, Law, 2019
    • A discussion of wrongful death law and the approach VanDerGinst Law takes to address these cases, Wrongful Death, VanDerGinst Law can Help, Consumers, Law, 2019
    • A discussion of Product Liability law and how VanDerGinst Law handles such matters., Product Liability, Consumers, Law, 2019

    Newsletters:

    • Articles, consumer information, event schedule and contests, V-Mail 5-18-19, Consumers, Law
    • Articles, consumer information, event schedule and contests, V-Mail 4-12-19, Consumers, Law
    • Articles, consumer information, event schedule and contests. , V-Mail 3-18-19, Consumers, Law
    • Articles, consumer information, event schedule and contests. , V-Mail 2-11-19, Consumers, Law
    • Articles, consumer information, event schedule and contests. , V-Mail 1-7-19, Consumers, Law

    Educational Background:

    • 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, CausationPalm Springs, CA
    • November 11-15, 2005 – Masters Marketing Group Mass Torts for the Masses, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • 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
    • July 23-27, 2005 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America – Summer Convention
    • Getting Medical Records and Bills Admitted Into Evidence – National Business Institute, 2019
    • January 29 – February 2, 2005 – Association of Trial Lawyers of America– Winter Convention
    • Black Hawk College, Moline, Illinois, Fall, 1980 – Spring, 1982
    • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, Bachelor of Arts, Fall, 1985
    • Negotiating Injury Claims: Secrets and Insider Tips, 2019
    • Legal Ethics:  New Case Law and Changed Rules, 2019
    • Personal Injury: Getting Your Evidence Admitted – National Business Institute, 2019
    • Veterans Benefits Training Conference - Veterans Advocates Group of America LLC, Orlando, FL, 2019
    • Personal Injury From A to Z – National Business Institute, 2019
    • Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claims Litigation- National Business Institute, 2019
    • Four Days to Mass Tort Success - Mass Tort Nexus- Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2019
    • The World of VA – Basic Umbrella of VA Benefits - Veterans Advocates Group of America LLC, Orlando, FL, 2019
    • May 18-21, 2018- Mass Tort Immersion Course- Mass Tort Nexus-  Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2018
    • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email and Smartphone Evidence-The Ultimate Guide-National Business Institute, 2017
    • “May it Please the Court”-Effective Presentation at Trial-National Business Institute, 2017
    • Legal Ethics of Attorney Diligence- National Business Institute, 2017
    • Attorney’s Guide to Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage- National Business Institute, 2017
    • Attorney-Client Privilege in Email- National Business Institute, 2017
    • CGL Policy Occurrences, Exclusions and Exceptions- Complex Issues- National Business Institute, 2017
    • Advanced Personal Injury, 2017
    • Negotiating and Reducing Subrogation Liens in Personal Injury Settlements – National Business Institute, 2017
    • Slip, Trip and Fall Cases from Start to Finish- National Business Institute, 2017
    • Handling Nursing Home of Hospital Fall Down Claims- National Business Institute, 2017
    • Trucking and Transportation Law: FMCSA and DOT Compliance and More- National Business Institute , 2017
    • 2015 Syngenta GMO Corn Litigation, Litigation Update, Champaign, IL, 2015
    • Legal Ethics Top Ten Challenges- Illinois Institute for Continuing Education, 2015
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Education The Latest, Hottest and Weirdest Ethics Cases, 2015
    • 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, 2013
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    Office Location for Dennis VanDerGinst

    4950 38th Ave
    Moline, IL 61265

    Phone: 309-282-7126

    Fax: 309-517-3020

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