Jon received his B.A. from Earlham College in 1984 and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1992. He has represented law enforcement officers exclusively for the last 25 years.
A member of the Wisconsin Bar Association, he has successfully argued cases before Wisconsin Circuit Courts, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Jon has a broad range of experience in matters that arise on and off-the-job, with an emphasis on critical incidents (i.e. officer-involved shootings), personal injury (squad, motorcycle and off-duty accidents), civil litigation (including constitutional claims, wage claims and liberty interests), criminal investigations, disciplinary appeals, grievance arbitration and interest arbitration.
Brendan P. Matthews
Brendan received his B.A. from the University of Vermont and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. In law school, Brendan garnered “Best Oralist” honors as Moot Court Board member, interned with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (“WERC”) and clerked for the highly-respected Madison law firm of Gingras, Cates & Luebke, S.C. Before joining Cermele & Associates, S.C.(now Cermele & Matthews, S.C.), Brendan worked for the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office. In Sheboygan, he was awarded the Sheboygan Police Department’s Citizen’s Distinguished Service Award for “courageous acts of bravery to aid and assist law enforcement,” as a result of rescuing a drowning girl in Lake Michigan during a police ride-along. Since joining the firm, Brendan has represented hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state in various venues, ranging from administrative law judges to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Brendan’s passion, coupled with his dedication to representing law enforcement officers, is without equal. He enjoys negotiating, the collective bargaining process and representing officers in criminal investigations (including officer-involved-shootings), disciplinary appeals, contractual grievances, worker’s compensation appeals and general civil litigation.
Rebecca received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and her J.D. from Marquette University Law School. She received certificates in both Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, in addition to earning a membership in Marquette’s Pro Bono Society.
In Law School, Rebecca participated in Moot Court and competed in the National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition in San Diego, California. She has mediated cases in Milwaukee County’s Small Claims Court, along with supervising newer mediators. Rebecca has experience in working with law enforcement in her time in the Milwaukee County District Attorneys’ Office where she litigated misdemeanor and felony Domestic Violence cases under the Student Practice Rule. She enjoys negotiating, mediating, representing officers in criminal investigations, worker’s compensation, disciplinary appeals, and general civil litigation.
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