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About me

In addition to my commitment to the practice of law on behalf of employees, plan participants and beneficiaries, and insurance policy holders, I have a number of hobbies. I have been a musician since age five, I am a lousy but enthusiastic basketball player, I learned to cook under the tutelage of a CIA-educated 4-star chef, I have an adorable dachshund, and I am a shareholder and life-long fan of the Green Bay Packers.


Languages spoken: English, Italian, German

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 32%
    22 years
  2. Employee Benefits: 32%
    20 years
  3. Insurance: 31%
    11 years
  4. Life Insurance: 5%



Hourly ($650-700/hour), contingent (30-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Joe Creitz is a zealous and skilled advocate for his clients. ERISA is a complex and ever changing area of the law and Attorney Creitz is well known for his outstanding litigation skills and keen understanding of the complicated legal issues involved in ERISA benefit claims. Due to his compassion for his clients and his clear talent in the courtroom, I fully endorse Joe Creitz.


    Alicia Paulino-Grisham Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeremy Lyle Bordelon

    I endorse Mr. Creitz. He is one of an elite few who really know how to handle ERISA employee benefits claims, and would be a great attorney for anyone who needs help with their benefits.


    Jeremy Bordelon Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY)California Lawyer Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCreitz & Serebin LLP2013 - Present
Trial AttorneyThe Law Office of Joseph A. Creitz, P.C.2005 - Present
Trial AttorneyUnited States Department Of Labor, Office Of The Solicitor2003 - 2005
General Counsel415, Inc.1999 - 2003
Senior AssociateVan Bourg, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld1995 - 1999
AssociateBell, Rosenberg & Hughes, LLP1992 - 1995
Judicial ExternUnited States District Judge Thelton Henderson1991 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cyr v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.Unanimous en banc ruling at Ninth Circuit
Stanton v. Chung$1.1 million jury verdict
Cyr v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.Trial court judgment for plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Employee Benefits Law, Third EditionChapter 13: Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies (contributing author)2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2003
UC Hastings COLLawJD1992
Univ of WisconsinU.S. HistoryBS1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Upper Division ERISA SeminarERISA Plaintiffs Litigation2013