Biographical Information

Dennis VanDerGinst was born in Moline, Illinois, in 1962. He received his law degree from DePaul University. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Iowa and the federal courts. In addition to his inclusion in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Dennis has been selected by his peers as a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of personal injury law.  He has earned a 10/10 Superb Rating by the Avvo Legal Rating Service and has also been awarded the Client’s Choice Award from Avvo.  He has also been selected as one of the top attorneys in the country by the “Best Attorneys Network“, which considers the votes of other attorneys, as well as clients. He has earned the distinction of induction into Who’s Who in American Law for most of his career,  and is a Life Member of the National Registry Of 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 million dollar and mutli-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Mr. VanDerGinst has been very active in several county, state and national bar associations. He has served on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. and on the Board of Advocates for the American Association for Justice.  In addition, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Pound Civil Justice Institute.

Dennis is the managing partner of VanDerGinst Law, one of the most prominent personal injury firm in Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois. His accomplishments in the field of law are numerous and varied. Outside of the office, he is active in a number of community organizations. He is a frequent guest speaker at local, state and national seminars and conventions. Mr. VanDerGinst practices primarily in the areas of personal injury litigation, product liability, medical malpractice and mass torts.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

State of Illinois-1989

State of Iowa-1994

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois-1989

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois-1992

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Federal Circuit-1990


DePaul University – College of Law
Juris Doctor, Spring, 1989.

Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of Arts, Fall, 1985

Professional Experience

Managing Partner at VanDerGinst Law 2004–present
Managing Partner at VanDerGinst, Roche & Westensee 2001–2004
Managing Partner at Braud, Westensee & VanDerGinst 1995–2001
Professor at Black Hawk College 1993–1996
Attorney at Braud/Warner, Ltd. 1992–1994
Attorney at Wylie, Mulherin, Rehfeldt and Varchetto 1990–1992
Attorney at Elliot Samuels Law Firm 1989–1990

Honors & Awards

Million Dollar Advocate Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Honoree Golden Key National Honor Society
Honoree America’s Premier Lawyers
Life Member National Registry of Who’s Who
Honoree Prairie State Legal Services
Top 100 Lawyers National Trial Lawyers
Lifetime Honoree Best Attorneys Of America
Advocate National College of Advocacy
Honoree Academy of Trial Professionals
Top 100 Litigation Lawyers American Society of Legal Advocates
Honoree Who’s Who Among American Law Students
Honoree International Who’s Who
Honoree Best Attorneys Network
Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Leading Lawyer Leading Lawyers Network
Honoree Who’s Who Legal
Honoree Who’s Who In American Law
Honoree Who’s Who in American Law -Marquis
Honoree American Lawyer Academy
Honoree Best Attorneys of America, Rue Ratings
Top 100 Trial Lawyers American Trial Lawyers Association
Top 500 Attorneys America Lawdragon Publications
Nation’s Top 1% Attorney The National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Professional Associations

Former Board Member American Association for Justice
Member American Bar Foundation
Member Academy of Trial Professionals
Member American Trial Lawyers Association
Former Board Member Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
Member Brain Injury Association
Member Chicago Bar Association
Member DuPage County Bar Foundation
Member Illinois Brain Injury Association
Member Illinois State Bar Association
Former Board of Directors Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member Iowa State Bar Association
Member Iowa State Trial Lawyers Association
National Board Member National Crime Victim Bar Association
Board of Trustees Pound Civil Jusice Insitute
Former Board Member Rock Island Counrty Bar Association
Member Scott County Bar Association
Member Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Member Winnebago County Bar Association
Member Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

Use of the Internet to Deliver Legal Services American Association for Justice
Public Relations and Community Events Summer Convention
Legal Services Via the Internet Summer Convention
Bates: Then and Now American Association for Justice
Internet Usage for Law Firms Summer Convention
Mass Tort Litigation Scott County Bar Association Seminar
Disc Decompression Quad Cities Chiropractic Consortium
How To Avoid Malpractice Quad Cities Chiropractic Conference
Pharmaceutical Litigation Professionally Speaking Seminar
Agricultural Nuisance Litigation Professionally Speaking Seminar
Peanut Butter, Salmonella Litigation Professionally Speaking Seminar
Law Panels Discussion Pre Law Society, Law Panels Committee
The Whole Truth? Experts, Evidence and Blindfolding the Jury Pound Civil Justice Intsitute
Risk Management and the Legal System St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
Practicing in Conjunction with the Legal System St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
Liability Insulation for Treatment Providers St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
Dealing with Patient Confidences St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
Dealing With the Legal System St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program
Recent Tort Reform Legislation Orthopedic Surgeons CME
AIDS Confidentiality Issues Orthopedic Surgeons CME
Litigation, Insurance Claims and How to Avoid Malpractice St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program
How To Effectively Treat/Serve Patients and Still Be Insulated From Liability Exposure St. Ambrose University Occupational Therapy Program
Monetary Compensation for Victims of Crime National Crime Victim Bar Association Seminar
People Over Profits Mass Torts Made Perfect
Mass Tort Litigation M & L Management Conference
Trial Preparation: The Expensive and Inexpensive Way Last Chance Seminar
Anatomy of a Mass Tort Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
Current Issues in Professional Responsibility, Ethical Marketing Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar
Torts and Insurance Law Black Hawk College
Insurance Considerations for OR and Recovery Room Nurses Association of Operating Room Nurses
Medical Malpractice in the OR Association of Operating Room Nurses


Negligent Use of Self Defense- A Viable Cause of Action, But Is There Coverage Trial Journal (ITLA)
Tort “Reform” Versus Tort Fairness-A Call for Real Justice AAJ Press
The Legal Profession Caught in the Net Trial Journal (ITLA)
Mass Tort Litigation: Is it for The Masses? Trial Journal (ITLA)

Service Activities

Creator and Director of QCA Cares