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Elliot H. Wernick - Phoenix, AZ

1850 North Central AvenueSuite 1900 Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Updated: 05/15/2024

Phoenix Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer


With more than 30 years of legal experience, Elliot H. Wernick is a highly respected senior member of The Cavanagh Law Firm, who has spent the last 25 years counseling and representing the insurance industry and its policy holders in complex litigation matters...

With more than 30 years of legal experience, Elliot H. Wernick is a highly respected senior member of The Cavanagh Law Firm, who has spent the last 25 years counseling and representing the insurance industry and its policy holders in complex litigation matters.

Peer rated by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent lawyer, Mr. Wernick has extensive experience in skillfully and successfully handling complex personal injury and tort matters, such as the defense and litigation of complex automobile and trucking accidents resulting in catastrophic injury or death. A considerable part of Mr. Wernick’s personal injury practice is devoted to defending injury and wrongful death claims and lawsuits in both state and federal court, including those made against motor carrier transport companies and their drivers.

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 and his litigation practice related to insurance policies includes all types, with an emphasis on life, health, and auto. Mr. Wernick’s insurance coverage practice includes interpretation and analysis of general liability, personal and commercial auto claims and he devotes a significant amount of his insurance practice defending bad faith and punitive damage claims against insurance carriers in both state and federal court.

Mr. Wernick volunteers in different capacities, including serving two terms as a Board Member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (co-chairing the Pro Bono Disciplinary Committee), and devotes additional time in support of Ryan House, one of three places in the United States providing world-class care and programs for medically complex children (and their families) as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys.

Mr. Wernick has co-authored the chapters on Negligence and Punitive Damages in the Arizona Tort Law Handbook (published by the Arizona State Bar in 2012) and has been recognized as a Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney by Southwest Super Lawyers since 2015.

About Elliot H. Wernick

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Senior Member

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


Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Other Affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (Board Member and Co-Chair of Pro Bono Disciplinary Committee, 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


  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Phoenix, Arizona, 1993
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award – Trust and Estates
    Honors: Truman Young Prosecutorial Fellowship
    Honors: Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
    Honors: Legal Research and Writing
    Law Journal: Arizona State Law Journal, Associate Note and Comment Editor
  • University of California, San Diego, California, 1990
    Honors: Provost’s List (Revelle College)
    Major: Political Science


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Published Works

  • 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)

Office Information


1850 North Central AvenueSuite 1900 Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • 602-322-4100


Other Sources of Feedback About Elliot H. Wernick

Included on the 2024 Southwest list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Elliot H. Wernick on Super Lawyers


  • AV Preeminent Rating – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney – Southwest Super Lawyers, 2015 – present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 30th Edition – Litigation – Insurance; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Transportation Law – 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 29th Edition – Transportation Law, 2023
  • Top Lawyers – Civil Law Litigation – PHOENIX Magazine, 2022
  • America’s Most Honored Lawyers – Top 1%, American Registry, 2020 – present
  • Top Attorneys & Rising Stars in the Southwest – PHOENIX Magazine, 2021

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