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Michael J. Cerjak

Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney

mcerjak@c-dlaw.com

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Before joining Cannon & Dunphy S.C. in February of 2018, attorney Michael Cerjak specialized in representing families of individuals and individuals seriously injured due to neglect in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and more. He has also spent years representing insurers and businesses in insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and personal injury cases, which gives him insight into how the defense will approach a case in order to best prepare his clients for trial and negotiations. Attorney Cerjak has successfully fought for and secured favorable jury verdicts in dozens of cases, and has appeared in 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, attorney Cerjak visited Stanford University to participate in the 43rd Annual International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, where he earned praise from some of the top trial lawyers in the nation for his skills and experience in the field. 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 work as a professional lawyer, attorney Cerjak enjoys advising Marquette University Law School students in preparing to present appellate arguments at notable moot court competitions throughout the country.

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)
      • National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2007-2008)
      • Jenkins Intramural Moot Court Competition, Finalist (2007)
    • Judicial Internships
      • Senior Judge John L. Coffey, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
      • Chief Judge Rudolph T. Randa, U.S. District Court, Eastern Wisconsin
      • 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:

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012-2017
  • 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

Accolades:

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Community Involvement:

  • Marquette University Law School, Advisor, National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2008-Present
  • Marquette University Law School, Advisor, National Moot Court Competition, 2008-Present

Author:

  • Nursing Home Admission Contracts: Enforcing Arbitration Provisions, Wisconsin Lawyer, April 2016 (with others)
  • Earn Your Stripes, Part 2, How to Get Through a Civil Trial, Wisconsin Lawyer, October 2015 (with others)
  • Earn Your Stripes, Part 1: How to Get Civil Trial Experience, Wisconsin Lawyer, September 2015 (with others)
  • Do the Mandates of the Affordable Care Act Affect the Recovery of Future Medical Expenses Under Wisconsin Law?, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Summer 2015
  • The Enforceability of the Drive-Other-Car Exclusion in Light of the Truth in Automobile Insurance Act of 2009, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Summer 2012
  • Wisconsin’s Proposed E-Discovery Rules, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Winter 2009
  • Litigating Multiparty Construction Disputes After Trinity Lutheran v. Dorschner Excavating, Inc., Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Summer 2009
  • The Family-Exclusion Clause Is Ambiguous?, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Spring 2009

Presentations:

  • December 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure—Should Wisconsin Adopt?, State Bar of Wisconsin, September 2016
  • Your Day in Court: Civil Trial Essentials, State Bar of Wisconsin, June 2016
  • Defense Strategies to Minimize Damages, National Business Institute, October 2015
  • You Can Do It! Civil Trial Essentials for Young Lawyers, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference 2015, June 2015
  • Using the Collateral Source Rule Under the Affordable Care Act to Minimize Damages in Injury Settlements, National Business Institute, October 2014
  • Collecting and Preserving Evidence for a Premises-Liability Trial, Fortune 500 Client, May 2014
  • Using Technology at Trial, Firm Seminar, May 2014
  • Using Evidence of Healthcare Fraud in Personal-Injury Cases, WIASIU Conference, April 2014
  • Litigating the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claim, National Business Institute, March 2014
  • Personal Injury 101, National Business Institute, January 2014
  • Experiences in Appellate Advocacy, University of Wisconsin Law School, September 2013
  • Wisconsin Tort Update, Seminar, January 2013
  • Medicare Set-Asides in Personal Injury Litigation, National Business Institute, October 2012
  • Auto Injury Litigation: From Start to Finish, National Business Institute, March 2012
  • Taking Medicare’s Interests into Consideration, National Business Institute, October 2011
  • What Is an Independent Concurrent Cause?, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, August 2011
  • The Family Exclusion After Day v. Day, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, August 2011
  • Wisconsin’s Timely Payment of Claims Statute Wis. Stat. § 628.46, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, March 2011
  • Improving Your Legal Writing as a Young Lawyer, Marquette University Law School, April 2010
  • Reflections on a Year of Practice, Marquette University Law School, October 2009

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