Michelle focuses her practice at VanDerGinst Law on all areas of personal injury law, including complex and catastrophic injury cases.
Michelle is a seasoned litigator with almost 20 years of legal experience including serving as class co-counsel in NB v. Norwood, a federal class-action lawsuit seeking treatment for thousands of disabled children living in Illinois.
Michelle is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and worked as a chemist for several years before attending law school.
In law school, Michelle received the CALI Award for achieving the highest grade in her first-year property class. She was an associate editor for The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy and President of the Myra Bradwell Association of Woman Law Students. She also participated in moot court competitions.
After graduating from law school, Michelle spent several years as a law clerk for the Honorable Joe B. McDade, United States District Court Judge, Central District of Illinois. During her tenure as a law clerk, she assisted court-appointed monitors in Johnson v. Board of Education Champaign Community Unit School District #4, Case No. 00-CV-1349 (C.D. Ill.), a school desegregation case.
Michelle also worked as a staff attorney for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals drafting memorandum and opinions for federal appellate court judges in a variety of civil and criminal law matters.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2000||07/06/2019|
|Attorney||VanDerGinst Law, P.C.||2018 - Present|
|Solo Practitioner||Solo Practitioner||2017 - 2018|
|Partner||Hunziker, Heck & Schneiderheinze LLC||2015 - 2017|
|Managing Partner||Bloomington Law Group LLC||2013 - 2015|
|Solo Practitioner||Solo Practitioner||2010 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Hunziker Law Group LLC||2007 - 2010|
|Adjunct Faculty Member||Illinois Central College||2007 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois||2004 - 2007|
|Staff Attorney||United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Office of Staff Attorneys||2002 - 2004|
|Law Clerk||United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois||2000 - 2002|
|Summer Associate||Leydig, Voit & Mayer||1999 - 1999|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Juris Doctor||2000|
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.
Years licensed, work experience, education
Peer endorsements, associations, awards
Publications, speaking engagements