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Patrick O. Dunphy

Personal injury Attorney at Brookfield, WI

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1976
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I handle any kind of negligence case that causes presonal injury. That includes auto, truck, motorcycle, medical negligence or products liablity. 100% of my practice involves some form of personal injury.

    48 years

  2. Medical malpractice

    40 years

  3. Brain injury
    I handle any kind of negligence case that results in brain injury. That includes auto and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical negligence or products liability

  4. Defective and dangerous products

  5. Trucking accident

  6. Wrongful death
    I handle any type of negligence case that causes wrongful death.That includes auto, truck, medical negligence, nursing home care or products liability

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.


Cannon & Dunphy, S.C.
595 N. Barker Road
Brookfield, WI, 53045
Cannon & Dunphy S.C.
735 North Water Street Suite 819
Milwaukee, WI, 53202
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Posted by Marilyn | July 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Totally Satisfied Client!
When I was injured and told there might be long term consequences, I had no idea what I needed to do or where to go for help. Fortunately, a friend referred me to Atty. Dunphy who clearly explained my rights and the necessary actions needed to protect those rights. Throughout the lengthy negotiations, he kept me well informed and always patiently explained the choices I had to make. In the end, he reached a fair settlement that made going to trial unnecessary. He was thoroughly competent and professional and a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by James | February 11, 2015
Best attorney ever could have hired
Pat Dunphy chose our medical malpractice case even against much reservation of the difficulty it was to win. He was very professional and experienced through the entire case proceedings. Also, which I felt was very important, he remained human and very sensitive to what was going on with my wife as her health continued to decline. He was very honest about the challenges and expectations. I know given the enormity of the uphill battle to win this case and the restrictions by law for this medical malpractice lawsuit, we received the most realistically possible. Also, if we had to go to trial, I have no doubt we would have succeeded there too. He is a very experienced trial attorney that I have no problem in using again should a situation arise deeming necessary. This was a medical malpractice lawsuit which most lawyers will avoid in the state of Wisconsin given the limitations and yet with Pat D. we did very well. Thank you again Pat.
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Posted by Nader | January 23, 2015
Drunk Driving Case
I appreciated the high level of honesty and integrity that Mr. Dunphy exhibited when working with my sons case. I highly recommend this firm to anybody who needs legal advice. If the clients case is not within their scope of their expertise, they will recommend appropriate firms to handle the issue.
Posted by John | January 22, 2015
Peer Review
In reviewing Mr. Dunphy, I would ask consideration of my background of 40 years in litigation. Mr. Dunphy is on any litigation attorney's top five all time list. I rank him there based upon his talent and ability, preparation, drive and work ethic, but most importantly, his results. I did insurance defense work for many years. The work product of the plaintiff's attorney is the single most important factor in terms of the result. For years I have taken that into account in referring clients, friends, and family to Pat. I have never been disappointed. I refer nowhere else. In addition, he has very silently, but to my personal knowledge, employed his trial skills to help families, disabled persons, people in need, or to advocate important legal principles in terms of consumers. I consider it my privilege to submit this review.
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Posted by Deirdre | January 20, 2015
I can't recommend him highly enough
I am a physician who was hit by a drunk driver four years ago while I was on call. I sustained life-threatening injuries and can no longer practice medicine. Pat Dunphy and his staff helped me immeasurably. They helped me with $300,000 in medical bills, represented my best interest with insurance companies and he personally took or returned my call promptly. He interpreted contracts that I did not understand and helped me fill out complicated paperwork that he wasn't obliged to. He did it because he is a nice person. He has a lot of experience, he is trustworthy, honest and very smart. God forbid I am ever in a similar situation I would call him. I have personally recommended him to friends and neighbors. My husband and I went to the big firm H&H and the person we met with was rude and not nice. She made me feel like I was wasting her time. I would not recommend them.
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Posted by Judith | January 19, 2015
Respectful, Responsive, and Successful
My case involved medical malpractice. Not many attorneys are willing to take these cases, especially in Wisconsin where winning such suits is fairly rare. Patrick not only took on my suit and was successful, he restored some of my lost self esteem along the way. Always highly professional, he was a skilled listener with resources to assist in collecting data and responding to me and to other parties. I will always be grateful he represented me.
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Posted by Kathy | January 14, 2015
Family in Crisis - Excellent Lawyer
Unfortunately, I found myself in a position to need a lawyer due to some very bad drivers, several times. The first was after my husband was nearly killed in a car accident and needed to be air lifted by Flight for Life. I was a new mom and overwhelmed. Pat Dunphy was my lawyer. He was wonderful, supportive, honest, knowledgeable, and a good listener. Every issue that came up during my husband’s very long recovery, he handled with ease. Knowing he was in my corner gave me a sense of relief, calmness, and strength in dealing with my husband’s serious accident. He took so much stress off my shoulder’s. When I walked into a deposition, I had absolutely no fears, I knew I was prepared and protected. I highly recommend his firm, they were a god send during our family crisis. I have recommended him to many people and I would never go any where else!
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2015
Simply the Best!
Pat Dunphy is a man of his word, and upholds the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. He is an amazing strategic thinker who also understands the importance of common sense and common courtesy. We interviewed the top legal firms in the state. With the clarity of hindsight, we chose the best of the best! Pat, and his team, represented my family in a medical malpractice case. They not only exhaustively prepared our case, litigated with focus and intention, but also followed up afterwards. We are grateful that Pat Dunphy pursues his legal practice with competitive intensity. If friends or family require legal advice or assistance, Pat's # is the only one I share.
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Posted by Teri | January 13, 2015
The best experience
Mr Dunphy was not only knowledgeable but he was very compassionate and caring. He treated me like a friend and I appreciAted that very much I have recommended him to everyone who is searching for a bright experienced and trustworthy attorney
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  • Free Consultation 1 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Cannon & Dunphy
  • 1985 - Present


  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brock v. West Bend Mutual
  • $1.25 Million settlement
  • Roberts v. Beaver Dam Hospital
  • $2.2 Million verdict reduced by $750,000 cap
  • Muth v. American Family Ins.
  • $650,000 settlement
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  • Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Associate
  • 1999 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1993 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice (Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • Past President
  • 1994 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Super Lawyers in Wisconsin
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Alumnus of the Year
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Twenty Years
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year-Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 10 Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 10 Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • Superlawyers
  • 2010
  • Top 10 Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Top 10 Super Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Leader in the Law
  • Wisconsin Law Journal
  • 2008
  • Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • Top 10 Super Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2006
  • Top Plaintiff's Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 1999
  • Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1989
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1985
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  • Wisconsin Bar Bulletin
  • Rights of Married Women to Sue for Medical Expenses
  • 1984
  • Wisconsin Bar Bulletin
  • Uninsured Motorists Coverage: Wisconsin Courts Open Up Additional Avenues of Recovery
  • 1982
  • Wisconsin Law of Damage
  • Special Damages
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Seminar
  • How to Use Theme to Organize Your Case Presentation
  • 2014
  • Case Framing Seminar
  • How I used Case Framing
  • 2014
  • Winter Seminar
  • A Recipe for Credibility
  • 2013
  • General Practice Course
  • Lawyering Skills
  • 2013
  • Annual Evidence Seminar
  • Motions in Limine
  • 2013
  • Winter Seminar
  • Taking the Time to do a Timeline
  • 2012
  • Annual Institute of Trial Practice
  • Cross examination demonstration
  • 2012
  • Annual Evidence Seminar
  • Computer Presentations Evidence Rules Still Apply
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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Brookfield Personal injury Lawyer Patrick O. Dunphy
Patrick O. Dunphy
Personal injury Attorney
Brookfield, WI
Licensed for 47 years
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