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Our Team

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.

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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. 

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.

Since then, he has represented more than 200 families with every imaginable type of asbestos exposure throughout the country, resulting in more than 200 million in settlements and verdicts. In 2018, he represented a variety of workers diagnosed with mesothelioma. His clients included: a sheet metal worker; a chemical engineer from Allied Chemical; a TWA airplane mechanic; the mother and husband of a Local 597 Chicago pipefitter; a residential and commercial plumber; a window glazier; a Local 17 asbestos insulator; the wife of a John Jay High School maintenance worker; a pipe fitter that worked at Bethlehem Steel and later Kroger Dairy; and two steelworkers from US Steel. Nicholas takes pride in personally getting to know each family by working with them to determine the source of the asbestos exposure.

Mr. Vogelzang is committed to supporting the mesothelioma community through education, fundraising, and raising awareness. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Vogelzang serves the mesothelioma community through his many speaking engagements and fundraising events that help shine a light on the families affected by mesothelioma. In 2018, Vogelzang Law founded the Mesothelioma Race for Justice, an annual 5K race which donates proceeds to mesothelioma research.

Mr. Vogelzang dedicates himself to his craft, regularly appearing in court on behalf of his clients litigating against Fortune 500 companies and their national counsel. He continues his dedication to his clients by working with hard working associates that assist in every aspect of the litigation.

ACHIEVEMENTS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Perrin National Asbestos Litigation Conference 2018 Speaker
  • Perrin National Asbestos Litigation Conference 2019 Speaker
  • Mesothelioma Race for Justice co-founder
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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.

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.

While attending Chicago-Kent, Mr. Berkover was the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association representative and the Chicago-Kent student representative to the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Berkover was awarded the CALI Award for the highest grade in Environmental Law and Policy 2 while studying at Chicago-Kent. Mr. Berkover began working with Nicholas Vogelzang in 2015 as a law clerk and joined Vogelzang Law as an associate in the fall of 2016.

Mr. Berkover represents victims of personal injury and wrongful death, from the initial client meeting through the trial. He focuses on representing victims of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases.
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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.

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.

While at DePaul, Mr. Maienza competed in both Minneapolis and Cincinnati as a member of the Appellate Moot Court Society. Throughout law school, Mr. Maienza volunteered with the Legal Aid Society ultimately gaining his 711 license, allowing him to work directly with clients for the Domestic Violence team.
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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.

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.

During law school, Mr. Wallace was named to the Dean’s List and was a member of Loyola Law School’s American Bar Association Moot Court Team. Mr. Wallace earned his 711 License participating in the Loyola Law School’s Community Law Clinic, where he was appointed as guardian ad litem for minors living in Cook County, Illinois.

Prior to working at Vogelzang Law, Mr. Wallace worked as an associate attorney and law clerk for two prominent Chicago plaintiff’s personal injury firms where he was responsible for cases involving nursing home litigation, toxic and mass tort litigation, premise liability, automobile collisions, and civil rights violations.
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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.

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.

At Chicago-Kent, Ms. Grunewald was an editor for the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property and participated in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Moot Court competition. She gained experience as a law clerk at the U.S. EPA Office of Regional Counsel, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Chicago Environmental Law Clinic. Ms. Grunewald was awarded the CALI Award for the highest grade in International Law.

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

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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. 

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. Now, the Director of Business Strategy at Vogelzang Law, Caylei sets and drives the course for the firm.

EDUCATION: Columbia University

HOBBIES: Rowing, yoga, wellness activities

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: The Beach

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 2 | Email: cvogelzang@vogelzanglaw.com
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Mirela Stefanescu

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. 

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.

EDUCATION: A.A.S.

HOBBIES: Yoga, boxing, "foodie"

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: The lake

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 7 | Email: mstefanescu@vogelzanglaw.com
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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.

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.

EDUCATION: DePaul University, undergraduate school & Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, (M.S.) Applied Economics

HOBBIES: Hiking, sight-seeing, working out

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Lakefront

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 11 | Email: vlapic@vogelzanglaw.com
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Daniel Flores

Law Clerk

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.

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.

EDUCATION: Loyola University Chicago, undergraduate school & Chicago-Kent College of Law, law school

HOBBIES: Reading, poker, playing board games

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Slippery Slope

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 14 | Email: dflores@vogelzanglaw.com
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Joseph Trunk

Law Clerk

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.

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.

EDUCATION: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.S. Agricultural and Consumer Economics & Chicago-Kent College of Law, law school

HOBBIES: Watching the office, going to concerts, trying new restaurants

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Will's Northwoods Inn

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 24 | Email: jtrunk@vogelzanglaw.com
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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. 

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.

EDUCATION: Loyola University Chicago - B.A. Journalism, B.S. Criminal Justice, M.A. Criminal Justice & Criminology

HOBBIES: Watching the office, going to concerts, trying new restaurants

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Rossi's

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 8 | Email: mdivine@vogelzanglaw.com
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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.

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.

EDUCATION: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, undergraduate school & Chicago-Kent College of Law, law school

HOBBIES: Traveling, yoga, watching movies

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Three Dots and a Dash

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 19 | Email: cmorrison@vogelzanglaw.com
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Sydney Warren

Senior Designer

As the firm’s graphic designer, Sydney outlines and adheres to the branding standards elevating the firm’s visual footprint spanning multiple channels. Through consistency, organization, and creativity, her designs effectively represent the essence of Vogelzang Law.

As the firm’s graphic designer, Sydney outlines and adheres to the branding standards elevating the firm’s visual footprint spanning multiple channels. Through consistency, organization, and creativity, her designs effectively represent the essence of Vogelzang Law.

EDUCATION: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - B.S. Electronic Media, Arts, & Communication

HOBBIES: Baking, running, photography

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Green City Market, Lincoln Park

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 21 | Email: swarren@vogelzanglaw.com
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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.

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.

EDUCATION: B.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences

HOBBIES: Cycling, indoor rock climbing, hanging with family

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Home

Phone number: 312.466.1669 | Email: agarcia@vogelzanglaw.com
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Anika Carlson

Litigation Paralegal

Anika Carlson started working as a litigation paralegal with the firm in January of 2019, after graduating from Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Certificate Program.

Anika Carlson started working as a litigation paralegal with the firm in January of 2019, after graduating from Roosevelt University's Paralegal Certificate Program. She earned her B.A. in Economics from UW-Madison in 2015.

EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin-Madison - B.A. Economics & Roosevelt University - Paralegal Certificate

HOBBIES: Hiking, swimming, cooking, spending time with family

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Foster Beach or Palmisano Nature Park

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 29 | Email: acarlson@vogelzanglaw.com
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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.

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.

EDUCATION: University of North Carolina, Wilmington - Bachelor or Arts in Political Science & Loyola University of Chicago - Certificate in Paralegal Studies

HOBBIES: Biking, going to the beach, try new restaurants, weight training

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Lakefront

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 6 | Email: nkurtz@vogelzanglaw.com
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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.

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.

EDUCATION: B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign in 2017, Currently enrolled at Loyola University Chicago School of Law

HOBBIES: Traveling and watching movies

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Lottie's Pub

Phone number: 312.466.1669 | Email: mliberty@vogelzanglaw.com
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David Holtzer

Data Analyst

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

David assists in data-driven decision making, maintaining information systems, and front end application support. He earned his BA in History from DePaul and will graduate with a Masters in Business Data Analytics from Loyola University of Chicago in 2019.

EDUCATION: DePaul University - B.A. History & Loyola University Chicago - M.S. Business Data Analytics

HOBBIES: Playing music, roasting coffee, being an ameteur mixologist

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 10 | Email: dholtzer@vogelzanglaw.com
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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.

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

EDUCATION: BS Accountancy, Elmhurst College Master Certification, Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University Project Management Certification (PMP) Master Certification, Oracle Implementation

HOBBIES: Love baking desserts

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Wrigley Field

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 30 | Email: maruti@vogelzanglaw.com
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Ashley Weringa

Law Clerk

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

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

EDUCATION: Purdue University, Currently going to DePaul College of Law

HOBBIES: Yoga, Workout, and go support the Chicago Cubs at Cubs games!

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Wrigley Field

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 32 | Email: aweringa@vogelzanglaw.com
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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.

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.

EDUCATION: South Suburban College - Associate in Science

HOBBIES: Walking, watching and going to Cubs games, Blackhawks

FAVORITE CHICAGO HANG OUT: Wrigley Field

Phone number: 312.466.1669 ext. 5 | Email: bcole@vogelzanglaw.com
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