With over two decades of legal experience in the heart of Wisconsin, I am a dedicated partner at Barton Cerjak SC. My passion for the intricacies of the law, coupled with an unwavering commitment to my clients, has been the driving force behind my career.
A Pursuit of Excellence
Throughout my 23 years as a practicing attorney, I have consistently pursued excellence in the legal field. I find immense satisfaction in crafting persuasive briefs and excelling in appellate work and complex litigation. This love for the intellectual challenges of the law is a key part of what keeps me burning the midnight oil, even on weekends, to secure the best outcomes for our clients.
My practice has spanned a wide spectrum of legal domains, including business law, commercial law, constitutional law, labor and employment law, class action law, municipal law, appellate law, personal injury law, contract law, and tort law. This breadth of experience allows me to offer invaluable insights and representation to clients with a range of legal needs.
The Art of Advocacy
Legal advocacy is not merely a professional obligation; it’s a genuine passion. I relish the opportunity to vigorously advocate for our clients, employing my extensive legal knowledge and expertise to achieve favorable results.
A Commitment to Clients
More than just a legal professional, I consider myself a trusted partner to our clients. The satisfaction of helping clients navigate complex legal terrain and securing their interests is what makes every hour worth it. The legal matters clients entrust to me are not just files or cases; they’re opportunities for me to make a difference. I look forward to using my experience, skills, and dedication to help clients achieve the best possible outcomes in their legal affairs.
A Commitment to Service
I served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Preliminary Review Committee for two successive three-year terms and have volunteered for Legal Action Wisconsin’s Volunteer Lawyer Project, primarily in tenants’ rights.
Outside of the courtroom, I am a dedicated family man with a zest for life. A passionate adventurer and an avid reader, I find solace in the pages of books and the great outdoors. Biking, hiking, and exploring national parks are some of my favorite pastimes. Traveling, whether to the natural wonders of national parks or foreign countries with my family, is a cherished tradition that fuels my love for new experiences and cultures. I am the proud parent of four wonderful children and enjoy supporting them in their wide variety of interests and activities, including soccer, swimming, track, robotics, and Girl Scouts.
- Adams v. Northland Equipment Co.: Employees Do Not Have The Right To Unreasonably Block Settlements Of Third Party Claims Under Wis. Stat. sec. 102.29, Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal
- No Duty is Dead, Long Live No Duty, Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal, 2009
- Punitive Damages Against a Drunk Driver, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2005
- Ripples in Opperman’s Pond, Book Review, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2014
- The Spirit of Want, Book Review, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2013
- High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, Book Review, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2006
- Taking and Defending Depositions, Book Review, Wisconsin Lawyer, 2004
Dustin has given numerous presentations, locally and to a nationwide audience, through the National Business Institute, Wisconsin Defense Counsel, and other organizations on topics including Premises Liability, Personal Injury Litigation, Auto Injury Litigation, Civil Procedure, Insurance Defense, Insurance Bad Faith, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Litigation, Subrogation, and Insurance Issues Related to Ride Share Arrangements.