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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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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 SpecialtyCalifornia Insurance Group
Grocers Insurance CompanyKemper Insurance Company
Lancer Insurance CompanyMercury Casualty Company
Metropolitan Life Insurance CompanyNational Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society
Nationwide InsuranceNavigators Management Company
Pacific National Insurance CompanyPrudential Insurance Company of America
Scottsdale Insurance CompanySt. Paul Travelers Insurance Company
Transportation Insurance CompanyUnited 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
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
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
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
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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Associates
Stephen L. Dahm
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 12
E-Mail:sdahm@cwmlaw.com
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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Kristina L. Velarde
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 26
E-Mail:kvelarde@cwmlaw.com
Admitted
  • California, 1998
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
Education:
  • Loyola Marymount University, B.A., 1994
  • University of San Diego, J.D., 1998
Born:1972
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Sean Moriarty
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 15
E-Mail:smoriarty@cwmlaw.com
Admitted
  • California, 1998
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California
Education:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1994
  • University of San Francisco, J.D., 1997
Born:1972
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Margaret M. Lesniak
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 29
E-Mail:mlesniak@cwmlaw.com
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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Hugh A. Donohoe
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:650-991-5126, Ext. 11
E-Mail:hdonohoe@cwmlaw.com
Admitted
  • California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
Additional Biographical Details:
St. Thomas More Award, 2010
Memberships:
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Northern California Defense Counsel
Education:
  • St. Patrick's College, B.A., 1972
  • University of San Francisco, J.D., 1976
Born:1950
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