Dennis  VanDerGinst

VanDerGinst Law, P.C. - Des Moines
VanDerGinst Law, P.C. - Des Moines
400 Locust Street, Suite 170, Des Moines, IA 50309 United States

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Attorney

Dennis VanDerGinst is the President/CEO of VanDerGinst Law. He supervises all cases within the firm. His primary practice focus is on all areas of personal injury litigation, including but not limited to, general negligence cases, product liability, medical malpractice, and mass/class actions.

Mr. VanDerGinst received his law degree from DePaul University in 1989. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Iowa, and the Federal Courts. During his career, he has represented clients in almost every state in the country.

Mr. VanDerGinst has been rated “Superb”, with a 10/10 rating from AVVO Lawyer Rating Service. He has also earned the “Client’s Choice Award” from AVVO. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, awarded only to those lawyers who have demonstrated the highest ethical standards and professional responsibility, He has been selected as one of the “Top One Percent” of attorneys in the nation by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He has been named one of the top trial attorneys in the country by the American Trial Lawyers Association and the American Society of Legal Advocates. He has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who. His tremendous success is also illustrated by his membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to those attorneys who have secured multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements, which Dennis has done numerous times. In addition, Dennis has earned dozens of other awards and accolades during his prestigious career.

Mr. VanDerGinst is a former adjunct professor of torts and insurance law at Black Hawk College and he continues to speak at seminars, conferences and conventions around the country on various issues surrounding injury law. He has been very active in several counties, state, and national bar associations and trial lawyer associations. He has served on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a State Delegate for the American Association for Justice and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Pound Civil Justice Institute. He has also authored several law-related articles in several professional journals and magazines.

Through Mr. VanDerGinst’s leadership, VanDerGinst Law has donated countless hours and millions of dollars to organizations and causes that fall within the firm’s mission of helping children, the elderly, and veterans. He resides in Davenport, IA with his beautiful wife, Deana, and is bonus dad to four amazing kids. He is also grandpa to an adorable little boy.

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois 1989-present

State of Iowa 1994-present

State of Wisconsin 1996-2013-present

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

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

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

United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa 2017-present


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


“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


Who’s Who Among American Law Students,

DePaul Legal Clinic, Chairperson

Student Bar Association Barrister’s Ball.


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.


Dean’s List

Student Representative Assembly

Sociology Teaching Assistant

Sports Editor of the college newspaper.

Civic & Charitable Organizations


QCA Cares- Executive Director

Hard Headed Kids

Legally Speaking


Safe Kids Campaign

AARP Volunteer Legal Review Program

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