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Joseph Andrew Creitz

Employee benefits Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    The largest part of our practice is representing participants and beneficiaries in disputes with their ERISA-regulated benefit plans. This includes administrative appeals and litigation, as well as defending against improper reimbursement claims.

    28 years

  2. Litigation
    Partners Lisa Serebin and Joseph Creitz have 45 years of litigation experience between them, and have prevailed in numerous bench trials, jury trials, and appeals in both state and federal courts.

    30 years

  3. Insurance
    Our insurance bad-faith litigation practice focusses on individual disability and health policies.

    19 years

  4. Life insurance

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.

Contact Joseph

Creitz & Serebin, LLP
100 Pine
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA, 94111


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Posted by Scott | September 7, 2012
Dealing with UNUM
Joe is very understanding, helpful and honest and concise. After talking to Joe, I realized that he was there to help and would do so. Helping someone on disability deal the Insurance bureaucracy and proving them wrong. It was a great relief to know someone was on your side.
Posted by Danielle | August 10, 2012
Hire Joe.
Joe was my trial attorney in a personal injury case. I couldn't have gotten through the ordeal without him. His demeanor and skillful lawyering won me the case!
Posted by Todd | August 8, 2012
Breech of contract claim
I found Joe Creitz to be exceptionally professional, knowledgeable and effective. I was referred to him by one of his peers who recommended him highly based upon his expertise and track record handling similar claims. Joe met with me to understand my complaint and provided guidance on the merits of my case. He clearly explained my legal rights, his expectations of me and detailed the process that would be required. In the end, he delivered and drove my case to a resolution that was equitable. I would highly recommend Joe Creitz.
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Posted by Jay | August 7, 2012
Cost Effective Legal Cousel
Mr. Creitz is a breath of fresh air. I found Joe to be extremely cost effective. I don't mind paying for good legal advice and I definitely feel comfortable getting that from Joe. Where he separates himself is that he will not waste your time and money and provide unneeded services and run up unnecessary legal costs. I trust his expertise and judgement and feel better knowing he is in my corner.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 750-750 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Creitz & Serebin LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • The Law Office of Joseph A. Creitz, P.C.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • United States Department Of Labor, Office Of The Solicitor
  • 2003 - 2005
  • General Counsel
  • 415, Inc.
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Senior Associate
  • Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Bell, Rosenberg & Hughes, LLP
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Judicial Extern
  • United States District Judge Thelton Henderson
  • 1991 - 1991
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  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2003
  • UC Hastings COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Univ of Wisconsin
  • BS
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • 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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  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY)
  • California Lawyer Magazine
  • 2012
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  • Employee Benefits Law, Third Edition
  • Chapter 13: Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies (contributing author)
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Upper Division ERISA Seminar
  • ERISA Plaintiffs Litigation
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
Endorse Joseph
Litigation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Joe in a variety of contexts in the fields of litigation and employee benefits. His keen intellect and ability to think creatively are tremendous assets and I look forward to working with him further."
Employee benefits Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employee benefits Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employee benefits Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Creitz is an excellent attorney and advocate. He has a great reputation among other ERISA attorneys. I recommend him highly."
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