Steven M. Cerny

Steven M. Cerny is a partner at Santi Cerny, PLLC, in Minneapolis. Steve’s practice focuses on both litigation and counseling on employment law and business law matters. His practice covers virtually every type of employment-related case, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, overtime, misclassification, non-competition, non-solicitation, medical leave, trade secrets, and other employment claims in state and federal court. Steve also represents clients in member and shareholder disputes, and contract disputes. Steve has a unique focus in handling matters that involve temporary restraining orders.

Steve 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 minimize the risk of litigation. Steve has conducted internal corporate investigations and conducts training for managers and human resource professionals. Steve acts as outside general counsel and litigation counsel for clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, printing, information technology, health care, retail, service firms, lodging, transportation, and restaurant and food service.

Steve graduated from William Mitchell College of Law with honors, served as an Assistant Editor of the William Mitchell Law Review, and participated in moot court where he won regional and national awards. Steve has since taught at Mitchell Hamline School of Law as an Adjunct Professor. Steve has been recognized by Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for the past six years, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5% of attorneys.

  • 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®, Rising Star, 2014 – Present
  • Avvo Rated Attorney
  • “EEOC drops discrimination suit against St. Paul company that fired disabled worker,” StarTribune, December 10, 2018
  • “EEOC says St. Paul firm’s firing of disabled worker was discriminatory,” StarTribune, May 3, 2017
  • “EEOC Sues Minnesota Company Over Disability Discrimination,” Law360, May 4, 2017
  • “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,” StarTribune, January 6, 2014
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Issues