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Michael J. Cerjak

Cannon & Dunphy S.C. Attorney
Professional Memberships
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
    • Amicus Curiae Committee (Since 2015)
  • American Association for Justice
    • Nursing Home Litigation Group - Survey of Law Committee (Since 2017)
Admitted
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Education
  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
    • Marquette Law Review (2006-2008)
    • Moot Court - Board Member (2007-2008)
    • Moot Court - National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2007-2008)
    • Moot Court - Jenkins Intramural Moot Court Competition, Finalist (2007)
    • Judicial Internship - Senior Judge John L. Coffey, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • Judicial Internship - Chief Judge Rudolph T. Randa, U.S. District Court, Eastern Wisconsin
    • Judicial Internship - Presiding Judge Patricia S. Curley, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I
    • Highest Grade: Legal Writing and Research 1, Legal Writing and Research 2, Advanced Legal Writing, Federal Civil Litigation, Securities Regulation, Criminal Law
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (B.A., Honors List, Software Engineering, 2005)
Accomplishments
  • Best Lawyers in America 2020
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2019
  • Leading Lawyers, Insurance Law, M Magazine, 2015
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel’s 43rd Annual Trial Academy at Stanford Law School, 2015
  • Firm Trial Lawyer of Year, 2011
Community Involvement
  • Marquette University Law School, Advisor, National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2008-Present
  • Marquette University Law School, Advisor, National Moot Court Competition, 2008-Present

Michael Cerjak handles a variety of personal injury, civil rights, and commercial litigation matters, but specializes in representing individuals seriously harmed as the result of substandard medical care. Motivated by injustice and a sense of fair play, he seeks accountability on behalf of those who have been hurt or killed by carelessness, errors, or systemic deficits in nursing homes, prisons, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

Before devoting his practice to representing individuals and families, Mr. Cerjak spent years representing large institutions—insurers, businesses, and governmental entities—in commercial litigation, insurance coverage, civil rights, and personal injury cases. Having extensively defended complex cases, he is able to anticipate how the defense will approach a case, and his clients benefit from the unique perspective and reliable insight he offers in evaluating claims, negotiating settlements, and presenting cases at trial.

Over the years, Mr. Cerjak has obtained considerable experience. He has successfully obtained favorable verdicts in dozens of cases and has appeared in and argued appeals in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. In 2015, he participated in the 43rd Annual International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford University, where he earned praise from some of the top trial lawyers in the nation for an “innate ability to communicate with jurors,” “impressive skills,” and “solid experience.” Since joining the plaintiffs’ bar, he was nominated for and selected to serve on the Wisconsin Association of Justice’s Amicus Committee. This committee is comprised of highly trained trial attorneys working to present and highlight arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in notable cases. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Cerjak has advised students at Marquette University Law School for many years in how to prepare for and present appellate arguments at notable moot court competitions throughout the country.

Mr. Cerjak is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, he has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star every year since 2012, and Milwaukee Magazine has named him as a Leading Lawyer in Insurance Law. Avvo rates him as “Superb.”

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