Elliot H. Wernick

Senior Member

Phone: 602-322-4132

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Construction Defects, Insurance Defense, Litigation, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device, Professional Liability , Special Risk Insurance Litigation , Transportation


Automotive, Construction, Healthcare, Homebuilding, Insurance, Legal, Professional Practices, Restaurants, Transportation

Representative Experience

Elliot Wernick is a Senior Member with The Cavanagh law Firm and has been practicing law for  more than twenty-three years, including the last eighteen on counseling and representing the insurance industry and its insureds in complex litigation matters.

Mr. Wernick has extensive experience in successfully handling complex personal injury and tort matters, including the defense and litigation of complex automobile and trucking accidents resulting in catastrophic injury or death.  Mr. Wernick devotes a substantial amount of his personal injury practice to the defense of injury and wrongful death claims against motor carrier transport and crane companies in both state and federal court.

Mr. Wernick's practice also includes insurance coverage analysis and litigation.  He has handled complex insurance coverage claims in both first and third party contexts.  His insurance coverage litigation practice has included all types of insurance policies with a particular emphasis on life, health and disability.  Mr. Wernick's insurance coverage practice includes interpretation and analysis of general liability, personal and commercial auto related coverage claims and professional malpractice; and he devotes a substantial amount of his insurance practice to the defense of insurance bad faith and punitive damage claims against insurance companies in both state and federal court.

Mr. Wernick also serves in a number of volunteer activities, including two terms as a Board Member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (co-chairing the Pro Bono Disciplinary Committee), and as a judge for local high school mock trial competitions and law school moot court activities.  Mr. Wernick has an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale Hubbell and has been named as a Southwest Super Lawyer since 2015.

Publications & Presentations


Associations & Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Board Member, 2005 - 2011
  • Co-Chair of Pro Bono Disciplinary Committee, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 2005 - 2011
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Participant, 2002
  • ASU College of Law, Judge - Moot Court and Closing Argument Competitions
  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education/Young Lawyers of Arizona, Judge - Arizona High School Mock Trial State Tournament, 2001
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Judge - Essay Writing Competition for Law Week, 2001 - 2001

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2015 - present

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1993

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1993
  • Arizona, 1993


  • Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
  • Associate Note and Comment Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 1992 - 1993
  • Truman Young Prosecutorial Fellowship, 1992 - 1993
  • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Trusts and Estates, 1993
  • Legal Research and Writing, Honors
  • University of California (B.A. 1990)
  • Provost's List

Representative Matters

  • Represent trucking companies and their drivers in defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims, ranging from pedestrian to multi-vehicle accidents.
  • Represent crane companies and their operators in defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims, ranging from construction site accidents to on-the-road collisions involving heavy equipment.

Personal Injury/Dram Shop/Open Range

  • Represent and defend individual and corporate insureds in a variety of third party contexts (premises liability, automobile/motorcycle collisions, construction accidents, open range cases, dram shop liability, etc.) involving claims of personal injury and wrongful death.

Bad Faith

  • Represent and defend first party bad faith matters including life, health, disability, property and casualty, auto, commercial general liability and specialty lines.
  • Prosecute interpleader actions in both state and federal court.
  • Institute declaratory judgment action to determine the insurer's obligation under the policy language.
  • Represent carrier sin rescission actions based on material misrepresentations on the policy application.

Insurance Coverage

  • Provide coverage opinions relating to transportation, auto, commercial general liability, property and casualty and specialty lines.
  • Institute or defend declaratory judgment/coverage actions relating to various coverage issues.

Published Cases

  • Brookover v. Roberts Enterprises, Inc, 215 Ariz. 52, 156 P.3d 1157 (App. 2007)
  • State v. Serna, 176 Ariz. 267, 860 P.2d 1320 (App. 1993)