Patrick O. Dunphy is a co-founder of Cannon & Dunphy S.C., a firm dedicated
to representing persons injured by the negligence of others since 1985.
Attorney Dunphy has more than 30 years of trial experience. He has record-setting
verdicts and awards ranging from $9,800,000 to $35,300,000.
He is past president of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (now the
Wisconsin Association for Justice), a statewide organization of plaintiffs'
trial attorneys. He is an invited member of the Inner Circle of Advocates,
a national organization of plaintiffs attorneys limited to 100 of the
best plaintiffs lawyers in the United States.
He is also an invited member of the International Society of Barristers
and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Martindale Hubbell has certified
Attorney Dunphy as one of “The Best Lawyers in America”. Attorney
Dunphy is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of
Trial Advocacy. Attorney Dunphy was recently named by LawDragon one of
the top 50 plaintiffs attorneys and one of the 500 best lawyers in the
country for the second year in a row. Attorney Dunphy has been consistently
listed as one of the Top 3 Super Lawyers in Wisconsin since 2005. He was
recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation in Milwaukee in 2010 and 2012. Attorney Dunphy
has recently been named among 2016 Top 10 Super Lawyers in Wisconsin by
Super Lawyers Magazine for the 5th year in a row.
In 2009 the Wisconsin Law Journal named Attorney Dunphy one its “Leaders
in the Law”. One of Attorney Dunphy’s cases was featured on
20/20, and the subject of numerous national magazine news articles and
an editorial in the New York Times. On April 24, Attorney Dunphy was named
the 2014 Marquette University Law School Alumnus of the Year. Recipient
of the 2015 Wisconsin Association of Justice President's Award.
Notable Settlements & Results:
- $35.3 million verdict for medical malpractice causing severe brain injury
to newborn (Walworth County, WI). This is the largest personal injury
compensatory damage award in Wisconsin history. The case involved the
injection of air into a premature infant during the course of a blood
transfusion. The air traveled to the infant's brain, causing permanent
damage to the child's walk, speak and carry on activities of daily living.
$17.2 million jury verdict in a premises liability case involving severe
burn injuries to three masons.
This is the first eight-figure personal injury jury verdict in Wisconsin history.*
Location: Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI
- $10.46 million judgment in a medical malpractice case for brain damage
to a newborn caused by a medical clinic's delay in bringing the newborn
in for treatment of acute feeding problems and subsequent dehydration.
Location: Port Washington, Ozaukee County, WI
$9.8 million award by the State Patients Compensation Panel in a medical
malpractice case because of a delay in administrating asthma medication.
This is the largest medical malpractice panel award in Wisconsin history. A young woman suffering a severe asthma attack essentially suffocated
in the hospital when her primary care physician did not return the urgent
calls of the nursing staff to respond to his patient's increasing
problems breathing. The woman suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen,
became a spastic quadriplegic who could not speak and required health
care 24 hours a day 7 days a week for life.
Location: Green Bay, Brown County, WI
- $6.3 million settlement for medical malpractice. Young woman developed
cervical cancer. Repeated pap smears were misread by local cytotechnologist
as normal and pathologists who misread cervical biopsies as normal. As
a result, the delay in diagnosis of the woman's cancer caused her
to go from curable to incurable. The discovery conducted in the case,
led to the successful criminal conviction of the pathology lab that employed
the cytotechnologist and pathologist. The case made national news, was
reported in the New York Times and was the subject of a story on 20/20.
Location: Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI
- $5.5 million settlement for defective Jet Ski causing injury to operator.
The Jet Ski had a pressure pulse operated fuel system that had a defective
fuel pump diaphragm. The defect resulted in fuel leaking into the body
of the Jet Ski while it was in storage. When the client got on the ski
and turned on the ignition, the fuel vapors that had built up in the hull
and ignited and the ski exploded. The client was thrown off the ski and
landed on the adjacent dock, causing injury to his spinal cord and resulting
Location: Racine, Racine County, WI