Steven M. Cerny

Steve is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Steve has extensive experience representing private and public sector clients in employment and business litigation. Steve represents clients in state, federal, and bankruptcy court, and before state and federal administrative agencies. Steve has litigated cases through summary judgment, jury and bench trials, and appeal.

Steve’s employment litigation practice includes representing clients in lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, wage and hour violations, retaliation and reprisal, whistleblower violations, wrongful termination, and breach of contract. Steve’s business litigation practice includes representing clients in lawsuits involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, confidential information, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, tortious interference, defamation, fiduciary duties, shareholder and member disputes, and franchise disputes.

Steve also works closely with business owners and human resource professionals providing counsel in every aspect of the employment relationship, on compliance with local, state, and federal laws, and on taking preventative measures to avoid or minimize the risk of litigation. Steve acts as outside general counsel and litigation counsel for many established and emerging companies. Steve also advises startup companies on entity selection and formation issues.

Steve has been recognized as a Minnesota Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the past three years, a designation reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Minnesota. Steve also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and is a mentor to law students and new lawyers. Steve frequently speaks and writes on various employment and business law subjects, recent administrative and court decisions, and changes in the law, and is quoted by various media outlets on these topics.

  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Business Law
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor
  • Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Law Appellate Moot Court – Quarter-Finalist, Donald E. Pease Best Brief Award
  • Burton Award—Best Motion Practice Memorandum
  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Political Science, Cum Laude
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Meagher & Geer, PLLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • American Bar Association – Litigation Section, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Speaker, “Keys to Success and Wealth, and Legal Pitfalls to Avoid,” MONEY Bootcamp, Winner’s Edge Consulting Seminar, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, May 2017
  • Speaker, “Employment Law Series: Minnesota’s New Marijuana Laws and How They Affect Employers,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 22, 2014
  • Speaker, “Investment & Securities Fraud Seminar,” Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 10, 2013
  • Speaker, “The Practical Realities of Practicing Closely Held Business Law: What You Didn’t Learn in Law School,” The MSBA’s New Lawyers Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota , April 2013
  • Author, The Intersection Between Social Networking and Litigation: Discovery and Authentication of Social Media Evidence, 1 Reynolds Cts. & Media L. J. 479 (2011)
  • Speaker, “Social Media and Litigation,” Media In Modern Trial Practice, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts & Media, Santa Clara Law, Santa Clara, California, November 2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Mentor, Alumni-Mentor Program, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Former Coach, Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Law Appellate Moot Court, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Volunteer, Pro Se Project, Federal Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers, Minnesota Rising Star, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Avvo Rated Attorney
  • “Minnesota increases minimum wage for employees,” Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, August 8, 2014
  • “Wage and hour battles on the rise,” Idaho Business Review, June 24, 2014
  • “Wage and hour battles on the rise,” Minnesota Lawyer, June 19, 2014
  • “State department says it’s ready for ‘ban-the-box’ enforcement,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 6, 2014
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Issues