Joseph Andrew Creitz

Joseph Andrew Creitz

  • Employment Law, Insurance Claims, Consumer Law
  • California
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Since 1995, Joe has specialized in ERISA counseling and litigation. He has represented hundreds of ERISA benefit plan participants and beneficiaries, in individual benefits suits, breach of fiduciary duty litigation, and ERISA class action litigation. From 2003 to 2005 he represented the United States Secretary of Labor in ERISA litigation and investigations.

In 2012, Joe won the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year ("CLAY") award. In 2019, Super Lawyers magazine ranked Joe among the Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, after including Joe as an employee benefits Super Lawyer for 6 years running. In 2019, Best Lawyers magazine also recognized Creitz & Serebin, and conferred its "2019 Lawyer of the Year" award on Joe in the employee benefits category.

Practice Areas
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
  • Thai: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Trial Attorney
The Law Office of Joseph A. Creitz, P.C.
- Current
Adjunct Professor and Writing Specialist
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
- Current
Trial Attorney
United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
General Counsel
415, Inc.
Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
Bell, Rosenberg & Hughes
Judicial Extern
Chief Judge Thelton Henderson, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Golden Gate University School of Law
LL.M. | Taxation
Honors: Cum Laude
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University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
J.D. (1992) | Law
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University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.S. (1989) | U.S. History
Honors: Departmental Distinction in U.S. History; certificate awarded in Women's Studies
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Top 100 Northern California Superlawyers
Super Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers
Best Teacher - Legal Writing and Research
U.C. Hastings College of the Law
Northern California Employee Benefits Super Lawyer, 2014-2019
Super Lawyers
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Northern California Super Lawyer
California Lawyer Attorney of the Year, 2012
California Lawyer Magazine
For successfully litigating Cyr v. Reliance Life Ins. Co. before an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit, and thereby fixing the law in the Ninth Circuit concerning who is an appropriate defendant to a claim for benefits under ERISA.
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 169552
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
AN EYE SINGLE: the only ERISA Blog you'll ever need
Contact & Map
Creitz & Serebin LLP
100 Pine St.
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Telephone: (415) 269-3675
Fax: (415) 513-4475
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