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I have been practicing law since my graduation from Marquette U Law School in 1976. I started my own plaintiff personal injury firm in 1985. I have obtained the then highest record compensatory damage awards for personal injury claims three times in my career. In 2009 the Wisconsin Law Journal honored me as a "Leader in the Law".  Lawyers in the State have voted me as one of the top 10 personal injury lawyers in Wisconsin and I was named as the top personal injury attorney in 1999 by Milwaukee Magazine.


I am a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a national invitation only plaintiff personal injury attorney organization that limits its members to 100.


I am also a member of the national inviation only organizations, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and American Board of Trial Advocates.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 70%
    39 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    31 years
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 5%
  4. Brain Injury: 5%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (1 minutes)

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    Pat is smart, compassionate, and effective. He is the first person that I call for advice, and the only person to whom I refer clients for personal injury matters.


    Rebecca Boyle
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Cannon & Dunphy, S.C.

595 N. Barker Road
Brookfield, WI, 53045


WIGood Standing197603/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Alumnus of the YearMarquette University Law School2014
Top 10 Attorneys in WisconsinSuperLawyers2014
Top 10 Attorneys in WisconsinSuperLawyers2013
Twenty YearsBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 10 Attorneys in WisconsinSuperLawyers2012
Lawyer of the Year-Personal InjuryBest Lawyers2012
Top 10 Attorneys in WisconsinSuperlawyers2010
Top 10 Attorneys in WisconsinSuperLawyers2009
Top 10 Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2008
Leader in the LawWisconsin Law Journal2008
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2007
Top 10 Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2006
RecognitionBest Lawyers in America2006
Top Plaintiff's Personal Injury LawyerMilwaukee Magazine1999
CertifiedNational Board of Trial Advocacy1989
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderCannon & Dunphy1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Inner Circle of AdvocatesMember2009 - Present
International Society of BarristersMember2002 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate1999 - Present
Wisconsin Association for Justice (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)Past President1994 - 1994
American College of Trial LawyersFellow1993 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1980 - Present
Wisconsin Association for Justice (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)Member1979 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1976 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bartowitz v. Waukesha Memorial Hospital$35.4 Million verdict
TeriJendusa-Nicolai v. David LarsenCourt verdict $3.7 Million
Smith v. CBC Clinilab$6.3 Million Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Bar BulletinRights of Married Women to Sue for Medical Expenses1984
Wisconsin Bar BulletinUninsured Motorists Coverage: Wisconsin Courts Open Up Additional Avenues of Recovery1982
Wisconsin Law of DamageSpecial DamagesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law School LawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Boston College N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Winter SeminarHow to Use Theme to Organize Your Case Presentation2014
Case Framing SeminarHow I used Case Framing2014
Winter SeminarA Recipe for Credibility2013
General Practice CourseLawyering Skills2013
Annual Evidence SeminarMotions in Limine2013
Winter SeminarTaking the Time to do a Timeline2012
Annual Institute of Trial PracticeCross examination demonstration2012
Annual Evidence SeminarComputer Presentations Evidence Rules Still Apply2012