Veteran Milwaukee Lawyer Praised For Outstanding Legal Work

Dunphy Defines “Gold Standard”


December, 2015 (Madison) A veteran trial lawyer, Patrick O. Dunphy has been honored with a top award from the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ).

Dunphy is the co-founder of Cannon & Dunphy S.C., a firm dedicated to representing persons injured by the wrongful conduct of others. Over his 39 years as a trial lawyer, Dunphy has amassed a long track record of courtroom success on behalf of his clients.

Dunphy’s latest case, the trial of a Milwaukee gun dealer, made national headlines last summer when a jury returned a $6 million verdict in favor of two Milwaukee police officers who were seriously injured after being shot by a gun sold to a straw buyer by a gun dealer. This was the first successful verdict in the United States against a gun dealer since the 2005 enactment of the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Given the WAJ President’s Award for service, Dunphy said, “the verdict was significant because it protects the rights of all citizens to have access to the courts and shows the importance of keeping the courthouse doors open despite a never ending assault on the civil justice system by Congress and the Wisconsin legislature.”

Dunphy also credited fellow attorney Brett Eckstein for helping try the case and being instrumental in obtaining a favorable verdict.

“Pat is the gold standard for excellence in legal work,” said WAJ Immediate Past President Ann Jacobs, “he advocates for his clients as passionately outside the courtroom as inside.”

The President’s Award is given to an individual or legal team which has best defined WAJ’s mission of service. The President’s Award honors the work of a member (s) who helps improve our civil justice system, or continues to assure access to the courts for all and the right of trial by jury.


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