Steven M. Cerny

Minnesota Attorney Steven Cerny

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Attorney Steven M. Cerny is licensed to practice law in all Minnesota state courts and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 2012, Steven was an associate at Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren and Meagher & Geer. Steven has extensive experience representing clients in business and employment litigation, and counseling clients on business, labor, and employment law issues.

Steven’s litigation practice includes representing clients in lawsuits involving non-compete agreements, trade secrets, confidential information, unfair trade practices, tortious interference, fiduciary duties, and other statutory and common law claims. Steven frequently litigates cases involving shareholder and member disputes alleging violations of the Minnesota Business Corporation Act and the Minnesota Limited Liability Company Act.

Steven also represents clients in employment matters in federal and state courts, as well as before local, state, and federal administrative agencies involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation/reprisal, whistleblower violations, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, wrongful termination, and other federal and state statutory claims.

In addition to his litigation practice, Steven counsels clients on a variety of different business, labor, and employment law issues including advising clients on different labor and employment laws and regulations, human resources policies and procedures, addressing discipline and discharge issues, and responding to union pickets, boycotts, and organization campaigns. Steven acts as outside general counsel and litigation counsel for many large and midsized companies.


Primary Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Labor & Employment 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

Bar & Court Admissions

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

Past Experience

  • Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Meagher & Geer, PLLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Professional Associations

  • 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

Publications & Presentations

  • 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 

Community Involvement

  • Coach, Ruby R. Vale National Corporate Law Appellate Moot Court, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Mentor, Alumni-Mentor Program, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Rider, Bike MS: C.H. Robinson Worldwide MS 150 Ride


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