Practice Areas: Nursing Home Negligence
Michael Cerjak represents people who have been seriously injured as well as the families of those who have been neglected or abused in nursing homes, hospitals, or other long-term care facilities.
Before joining the firm in September 2015, Michael was a shareholder in the litigation department at a well-established firm where he represented businesses and insurers in commercial litigation, personal injury, and insurance coverage matters. Having defended complex cases for years, Michael is versed in the strategies that defendants use and the positions they take to attempt to avoid responsibility for their actions and deficits. This understanding now helps him to offer unique insight and reliable advice to individuals seeking to hold corporate defendants and their insurers accountable for neglect and abuse.
Michael has substantial experience in trial and appellate practice. He has successfully tried dozens of cases to juries, courts, and arbitrators, and appeared in appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Recently, he participated in the 43rd Annual International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford University—a preeminent trial advocacy training program—and earned praise from top national trial lawyers for his “innate ability to communicate with jurors,” “impressive skills,” and “solid experience.” More recently, and shortly after joining the plaintiffs’ bar, Michael was nominated for and selected to serve on the Wisconsin Association of Justice’s Amicus Committee, which is a group of highly trained trial lawyers who work to highlight and present arguments in significant cases before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. For almost a decade, Michael has worked with students at Marquette University Law School to prepare for presenting appellate arguments at two distinguished moot court competitions.
An honors graduate of the Marquette University Law School, Michael earned six highest grade awards, served on the boards of the school’s moot court association and law review journal, and represented the university in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Since then, he has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2012 and a leading Milwaukee lawyer by M Magazine. Avvo.com rates him at 10.0/10.0, “Superb.”
Education History - Michael Cerjak
- J.D., Marquette University Law School, cum laude, 2008
- B.S., Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2005
Honors & Recognitions
- Included in the 2012-2014 editions of Superlawyers Rising Star listing
- "Leading Milwaukee Lawyer" - M Magazine
- 10/10 Rating - AVVO
Professional Memberships and Associations
- American Bar Association
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance Defense Research Institute State Bar of Wisconsin Wisconsin Defense Counsel
- Advisor, Marquette University Law School National Appellate Advocacy Competition Moot Court Team
- Advisor, Marquette University Law School National Moot Court Competition Team
- "The Enforceability of the Drive-Other-Car Exclusion in Light of the Truth in Automobile Insurance Act of 2009", Wis. Civ. Trial J., Summer 2012, at 20, 2012
- "Litigating Multiparty Construction Disputes After Trinity Lutheran v. Dorschner Excavating, Inc.", 7 Wis. Civ. Trial J. 17 , 2009
- "Wisconsin's Proposed E-Discovery Rules", 7 Wis. Civ. Trial J. 21, 2009
- "The Family-Exclusion Clause Is Ambiguous?", Wis. Civ. Trial J., Winter 2009, 2009