Our Team

committed to our clients

Our Legal Team

Chicago Mesothelioma Lawyers

The lawyers of Vogelzang Law dedicate themselves to representing victims of mesothelioma throughout the country by offering a comprehensive, hands-on approach to the litigation process to ensure our clients receive the best possible outcomes for their cases.

Nicholas Vogelzang

Lead Counsel
Nicholas Vogelzang has tried numerous asbestos lawsuits on behalf of families stricken with mesothelioma, in both Cook County and Madison County, Illinois. During one of his first trials on behalf of Roby Whittington in 2003, Mr. Vogelzang and his team received the most significant asbestos verdict in Illinois history at $250,000,000.

Wyatt Berkover

Attorney
After receiving his B.A in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012, Mr. Berkover graduated cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2016. Mr. Berkover is admitted to the Illinois State Bar and is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Michael Maienza

Attorney
Mr. Maienza earned his B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business in 2013. He received his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law in 2017 and served as a judicial external under the Hon. Michael T. Mullen in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Nathaniel Wallace

Associate Attorney
Nathaniel Wallace joined Vogelzang Law in January 2019. After receiving his B.A. in Public Policy from Michigan State University, Mr. Wallace graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2017.

Sadie Grunewald

Associate Attorney
After receiving her B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ms. Grunewald graduated cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2018 with a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law.

Joseph Trunk

Associate Attorney
Mr. Trunk earned his B.S. in Agricultural and Consumer Economics with a concentration in Public Policy and Law from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. He graduated with his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2019 with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law.

Daniel Flores

Associate Attorney
After receiving his B.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago in 2016, Mr. Flores graduated cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2019. As a law student, his focus was on plaintiff advocacy.

Vogelzang Law

A boutique, personal injury firm with a family environment.

Our firm is committed to our clients, their families, and justice. As our client, a unified team of Vogelzang Law staff will shepherd you and your family through each phase of the litigation process. This multi-angle approach enables us to provide each client with continuity of care.

Our new, larger office space–which has excellent views, professional meeting rooms, a comfortable “think tank,” and a memorial wall–provides a highly functional and collaborative space for our dedicated attorneys and staff to serve you.

Meet our dedicated

staff members

Caylei vogelzang

Director of Business Strategy
Caylei Vogelzang, a native Oregonian, spent her early years on her family’s idyllic organic herb farm where her savvy business marketing skills began to form.

Mirela Kopier

Public Relations Manager/Union Liaison
As the PR Manager and Union Liaison for Vogelzang Law, Mirela Stefanescu oversees, coordinates, and manages all events the firm attends and hosts, from union golf outings to charitable activities.

Vanja Lapic

Director, Finance
Vanja oversees the daily functions of the finance/accounting department. He uses his analytical background toward integrating cloud-based solutions for improved oversight and scalability.

Marissa Divine

Litigation Paralegal
Marissa Divine works as one of the firm’s litigation paralegals. She works closely with lead counsel in the preparation of handling complex cases for litigation, from discovery to the trial phase.

Chloe Morrison

Law Clerk
Chloe Morrison is currently in the Juris Doctor program at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she is on track to graduate in 2020. Prior to law school, Ms. Morrison earned her B.A. in International Business from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2017.

Mary Aruti

Controller
With twenty years of consulting experience with KPMG and a spin-off of Deloitte, Mary assists Vogelzang Law with their finance and accounting initiatives.

Brenda Cole

Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper
Brenda is the office Administrative Assistant who handles the day to day tasks in the office as well as the operations expenses for the office.

Mary Liberty

Law Clerk
Mary is currently in the Juris Doctor program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she is on track to graduate in 2020. Prior to starting law school, Mary earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign in 2017.

Adrian Garcia

Media Manager
As the firm’s photographer/videographer, Adrian manages the asset library. With his keen eye and technical aptitude, he elevates the firm’s public image.

Ashley Weringa

Law Clerk
Ashley is currently going to DePaul College of Law and it is her second year. She graduated from Purdue University.

Nathaniel Kurtz

Bankruptcy Paralegal
Nathaniel Kurtz works as the Bankruptcy and Settlements Paralegal for the firm, He works with the asbestos bankruptcy trust handling filings and assisting with resolving claim issues for firm clients. He also handles all settlement contracts and the settlement process.

David Holtzer

Data Analyst
David assists in data-driven decision making, maintaining information systems, and front end application support.

Pariss knight

Bankruptcy Paralegal
Paríss Knight works as a Bankruptcy Paralegal for the firm. She works with the asbestos bankruptcy trust handling filings and assists with resolving claim issues for firm clients. She also handles all settlement contracts and the settlement process.

Anne O'Brien

Litigation Paralegal
Anne O’Brien works as one of the firm’s Litigation Paralegals. She works closely with lead counsel in the preparation of handling complex cases for litigation, from discovery to the trial phase.

Trey Hunt

HR Generalist
Trey Hunt supports the HR staff by implementing and evaluating human resources policies, programs, and practices.