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 - 2019
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.

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.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (30%): Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Employment Litigation (40%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Business Litigation (20%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Business/Corporate (10%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts

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 6 years

Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019

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About Steven Cerny

Admitted: 2009, Minnesota

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

Honors/Awards:

  • 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

Newsletters:

  • Criminal Background Checks are now Illegal on Minnesota Job Applications
  • Minnesota Increases Minimum Wage for Employees
  • Right to a Jury Trial Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act
  • Minnesota Increases Minimum Wage for Employees
  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): New 2013 Regulations
  • Enforcing Minnesota Non-Competition Agreements
  • Supreme Court Invalidates Appointments to National Labor Relations Board
  • Misclassification of Employees: Payroll Audits Increase
  • The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): Employer Mandate
  • Minnesota Non-Competition Agreements: 20 Questions and Answers

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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Office Location for Steven Cerny

222 South Ninth Street
Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-808-9081

Fax: 612-437-4609

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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