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I am a Partner at Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Katkov and am 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.  I have extensive experience representing private and public sector clients in employment and business litigation.  I represent clients in state, federal, and bankruptcy court, and before state and federal administrative agencies.  I have litigated cases through summary judgment, jury and bench trials, and appeal.


My 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.  My 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.


I also work 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.  I act as outside general counsel and litigation counsel for many established and emerging companies.  I also advise startup companies on entity selection and formation issues.


I have been recognized as a Minnesota Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a designation reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Minnesota.  I frequently speak and write on various employment and business law subjects, recent administrative and court decisions, and changes in the law, and am often quoted by various media outlets on these topics.  I also coach moot court at William Mitchell College of Law, and I am a mentor to law students and new lawyers.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Employment: 30%
  3. Business: 30%


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven P Katkov

    Mr. Cerny is a talented and knowledgeable business and employment law attorney. His familiarity with both federal and state employment laws, and substantial experience representing employers in litigation, belies his age. It is clear that he has taken every opportunity to grow as a professional and he has a knowledge and experience base that far exceeds his peer group. I have entrusted Mr. Cerny with one of my most valued clients, and they have come to truly appreciate his skill set and outstanding demeanor.


    Steven Katkov Business Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    Steve balances personal attention to his clients with a deep understanding of employment law. His diligence, drive, and tenacity are unmatched.


    Mark Dooley
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Katkov

901 Marquette Avenue
AT&T Tower Suite 1675
Minneapolis, MN, 55402


MNAuthorized to practice200907/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's Student Leadership and Service Award NomineeUniversity of MinnesotaN/A
Dean's ListUniversity of MinnesotaN/A
Burton Award–Best Motion Practice MemorandumWilliam Mitchell College of LawN/A
Donald E. Pease Best BriefRuby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Appellate Moot CourtN/A
Dean's ListWilliam Mitchell College of LawN/A
Rising Star 2014Super LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThompson Hall Santi Cerny & Katkov2012 - Present
AttorneyLarkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.2011 - 2012
AttorneyMeagher & Geer, PLLP2009 - 2011
Summer AssociateLarkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Ramsey County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesPolitical Science & PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Minnesota CLEEmployment Law Series: Minnesota's New Marijuana Laws and How They Affect Employers2014
Thompson Hall SeminarInvestment & Securities Fraud Seminar2013
MSBA New Lawyers SectionThe Practical Realities of Practicing Closely Held Business Law: What You Didn’t Learn in Law School2013
Media In Modern Trial Practice Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts & MediaSocial Media & Litigation2011