Steven M. Cerny

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Attorney Steven Cerny is a Partner at JUX Law Firm and 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. Steven has extensive experience representing private and public sector clients in employment and business litigation. Steven represents clients in state, federal, and bankruptcy court, and before state and federal administrative agencies. Steven has litigated cases through summary judgment, jury and bench trials, and appeal.

Steven’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. Steven’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.

Steven 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. Steven acts as outside general counsel and litigation counsel for many established and emerging companies. Steven also advises startup companies on entity selection and formation issues.

Steven 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.  Steven also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and is a mentor to law students and new lawyers.  Steven 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.

Minnesota Attorney Steven Cerny

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

  • Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • 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


Media Recognition

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