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General Defense
P.O. Box 27307
San Francisco, California 94127-0307Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 650-991-5126
Fax: 650-991-5134
E-Mail: dmoriarty@cwmlaw.com
www.cwmlaw.com
Practice Areas
Firm Profile
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1965

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Casualty
  • Accident
  • Bad Faith
  • Construction Law
  • Public Entities
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking Law
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Cases Gone to Trial : 500

Firm Profile
Cesari, Werner & Moriarty was founded in 1965 by D. Ralph Cesari and James B. Werner. Since its inception, the firm has specialized in the defense of Civil Litigation throughout California.

The firm is comprised of skilled and experienced trial attorneys who are effective courtroom advocates with an impressive jury trial track record. Our attorneys are also seasoned practitioners in cost effective advocacy, the art of arbitration, settlement and mediation.

The firm's expertise encompasses product liability, professional malpractice, personal injury, construction defect, premises liability, employment defense, disability law, bad faith, trucking, landlord-tenant and insurance coverage.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Allianz Insurance CompanyAllied Insurance Company
Argo Insurance-U.S. Grocery and Retail SpecialtyThe California Casualty Indemnity Exchange
California Insurance GroupGrocers Insurance Company
Kemper Insurance CompanyLancer Insurance Company
Mercury Casualty CompanyMetropolitan Life Insurance Company
National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance SocietyNationwide Insurance Companies
Navigators Management CompanyPacific National Insurance Company
Prudential Insurance Company of AmericaScottsdale Insurance Company
St. Paul Travelers Insurance CompanyTransportation Insurance Company
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Vanliner Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Budget Rent-A-Car CorporationCovenant Transport, Inc.
Move-Pak Insurance BrokersSchneider National Carriers, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Firm Members
James B. Werner — (1929-1988)
D. Ralph Cesari — (1926-2009)
Dennis F. Moriarty
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 17
E-Mail:dmoriarty@cwmlaw.com
Years of Experience:50
Admitted
  • California, 1966
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California (President, 1997)
  • Lawyers Club of San Francisco
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • St. Patrick's College, A.B., 1958
  • University of San Francisco, J.D., 1965
Born:1937
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Ian A. Fraser-Thomson
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 14
E-Mail:ift@cwmlaw.com
Years of Experience:39
Admitted
  • California, 1976
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Lawyers Club of San Francisco
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • University of Oregon, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1973
  • University of San Francisco, J.D., 1976
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
Born:1951
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Andrew S. Werner
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 13
E-Mail:awerner@cwmlaw.com
Years of Experience:28
Admitted
  • California, 1988
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
Education:
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1981
  • University of San Francisco, J.D., 1986
Born:1959
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Sean Moriarty
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 15
E-Mail:smoriarty@cwmlaw.com
Years of Experience:18
Admitted
  • California, 1998
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1994
  • University of San Francisco, J.D., 1997
Born:1972
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Associates
Stephen L. Dahm
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 12
E-Mail:sdahm@cwmlaw.com
Years of Experience:33
Admitted
  • California, 1984
  • New Jersey, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1984
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Tort, Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections, 1984-Present)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Lawyers Club of San Francisco
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
Education:
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.A., 1971
  • Golden Gate University, J.D., 1984
Born:1949
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Margaret M. Lesniak
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 29
E-Mail:mlesniak@cwmlaw.com
Years of Experience:15
Admitted
  • California, 2002
Memberships:
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1993
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., 1997
Born:1970
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Of Counsel
Stephen Barry
San Francisco, CA
E-Mail:sbarry@cwmlaw.com
Admitted
  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California
Education:
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1974
  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1978
Born:1953
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