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Elliot H. Wernick

Elliot Wernick is a shareholder with the firm of Kunz Plitt Hyland & Demlong and has been practicing law for almost twenty years, focusing the last thirteen on counseling and representing the insurance industry in complex insurance coverage and litigation matters.

Mr. Wernick has extensive experience in complex personal injury and tort matters, including the defense and litigation of complex automobile and trucking accidents resulting in serious physical 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 the 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 service as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court, 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.


Elliot Wernick


Arizona State University, College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1993)

University of California, San Diego (B.A., 1990)

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