Attorneys & Staff
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 10 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.
CERMELE & MATTHEWS, S.C., is happy to announce the addition of Jaclyn Schwartz as its new Associate legal counsel.
A graduate from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Criminology and Political Science, Jaclyn earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School in December of 2014, where she received recognition pertaining to her concentration in criminal law. She began her professional career with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, where she served as a special prosecutor, performing four jury trials and two court trials. Jaclyn also worked for the law firm of Derzon and Menard, where she concentrated in worker’s compensation appeals. Her research and writing skills are exceptional. Jaclyn prides herself on providing conscientious service, responding quickly to clients, listening carefully to their needs and goals, and working towards the best possible legal result.
Jaclyn's practice with CERMELE & MATTHEWS, S.C., will focus on serving law enforcement associations and police officers in criminal investigations, disciplinary appeals, personal injury litigation and worker's compensation.
Our dedicated support staff ensures the smooth operation of all aspects of our Firm. If you are unable to reach Jon, Brendan or Jennifer, please contact Crystal and they will see that your question or concern is addressed as promptly as possible.