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David Vander Ploeg


Founding attorney David Vander Ploeg established Hanna Vander Ploeg, formerly DVP LAW, with the desire to create a law firm with personal, client-focused services that address the legal needs of victims seriously harmed by negligent conduct. David's working class upbringing explains this desire to help others. His father served as a police officer for over 25 years, and his mother as a social worker in the public school system. His parents instilled early on a desire to reach out and help others. As a personal injury lawyer, David is able to provide invaluable assistance to injured victims at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

During his legal career, David has exclusively handled plaintiff personal injury cases.  As a result, he has developed specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities that are tailored to personal injury litigation and maximizing client recoveries.

During his time working previoulsy at two Chicago personal injury law firms, David focused on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. David's efforts assisted in the recovery of  multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts.  David continues this tradition of success with his firm, Hanna Vander Ploeg, LLC.

David is married and resides on the North Shore of Chicago with his wife and their three children. He enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his kids.

Attorney David Vander Ploeg significantly contributed to the successful resolution of the following cases while employed at prior Chicago personal injury law firms.

Prior Verdicts & Settlements

  • $3.8 million settlement for factory worker diagnosed with the deadly disease known as "popcorn lung".
  • $2.4 million dollar verdict for child badly burned by scalding water.
  • $1.3 million dollar settlement in wrongful death case.
  • $600,000 settlement in pharmaceutical products liability case.
  • $525,000 jury verdict in medical malpractice case.
  • $250,000 settlement in contaminated contacts lens case.
  • $240,000 settlement in pharmaceutical products liability case.
  • $225,000 settlement in products liability case involving a factory worker.
  • $250,000 settlement in uninsured motorist arbitration.
  • $200,000 settlement in pharmaceutical products liability case.
  • $165,000 in nursing home negligence case.
  • $65,000 uninsured motorist arbitration award.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Dangerous Drugs/Products Liability
  • Workplace Exposure Injuries
  • Toxic Substances/Asbestos/Benzene
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Transportation Litigation
  • Workers Compensation

Admitted to Practice:

  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Creighton University School of Law, Juris Doctor 2003
  • Lawrence University, B.A. in Biology, 1998

Professional Associations:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly Delegate
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
  • American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group Member
  • Public Justice Foundation

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Hanna Vander Ploeg, LLC

20 North Clark Street Suite 3100
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-268-2026

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