Steven Cerny

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Santi Cerny, PLLC
 | 222 South Ninth Street, Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-808-9081
Fax: 612-437-4609
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    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 and injunctions.

    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 seven years, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5% of attorneys.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 40%Employment Litigation: Defense
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts

    Selections

    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

    Rising Stars: 2014 - 2020

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    About Steven Cerny

    Admitted: 2009, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: https://santicerny.com/steven-m-cerny/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014
    • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 2009
    • Dean's List, William Mitchell College of Law
    • William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor—Volume 35, Staff Member—Volume 34, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Appellate Moot Court Donald E. Pease Best Brief Award, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Appellate Moot Court Quarter-Finalist, William Mitchell College of Law
    • William Mitchell Corporate Appellate Moot Court Champion, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Neil Hamilton Academic Scholarship, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Burton Award—Best Motion Practice Memorandum, William Mitchell College of Law

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
    • Minnesota Supreme Court

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
    • Minnesota Supreme Court
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section & Labor & Employment Law Section
    • American Bar Association, Litigation Section & Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Ramsey County Bar Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    • Volunteer, Pro Se Project, Federal Bar Association
    • Coach, Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Appellate Moot court, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    • Mentor, Alumni-Mentor Program, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    • Avvo Rated Attorney 
    • Rider, Bike MS: C.H. Robinson Worldwide MS 150 Ride

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Keys to Success and Wealth, and Legal Pitfalls to Avoid, MONEY Bootcamp, Winner’s Edge Consulting Seminar, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 2017
    • Speaker, Employment Law Series: Minnesota's New Marijuana Laws and How They Affect Employers, Minnesota CLE, 2014
    • Speaker, The Practical Realities of Practicing Closely Held Business Law: What You Didn’t Learn in Law School, The MSBA’s New Lawyers Section, 2013
    • Speaker, Investment & Securities Fraud Seminar, Thompson Hall Seminars, 2013
    • Speaker, Social Media & Litigation, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts & Media, 2011
    • Author, The Intersection Between Social Networking & Litigation: Discovery & Authentication of Social Media Evidence, Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal, 2011

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    Educational Background:

    • William Mitchell College of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2009
    • William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor
    • Burton Award—Best Motion Practice Memorandum
    • Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Law Appellate Moot Court – Quarter-Finalist, Donald E. Pease Best Brief Award
    • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Psychology, Cum Laude, 2006

    Industry Groups

    • Health Care
    • Information Technology
    • Lodging
    • Manufacturing
    • Printing
    • Restaurant And Food Service
    • Retail
    • Service Firms
    • Transportation
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    222 South Ninth Street
    Suite 1600
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-808-9081

    Fax: 612-437-4609

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    Last Updated: 10/20/2020

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