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Joseph Lavitt teaches Torts and Insurance Law at Berkeley Law.
Lavitt has written extensively on a broad range of issues, including a recent article
concerning the inconsistent treatment of policyholders following Hurricane Katrina. (54
Loy. L. Rev. 1 (2008)). He has been quoted on matters of tort and insurance law by the
AP, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Bloomberg News. His essay about professional
independence recently appeared in the first volume of the California Law Review Circuit
(1 Cal. L. Rev. Cir. 33 (2010).)
Prior to becoming an attorney, Lavitt did constituent and campaign service for
Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. In private practice, he then served as lead counsel
in numerous high-profile lawsuits, including civil actions to recover hundreds of millions
of dollars in losses for failed financial institutions and federally-financed housing
developments. Apart from civil practice, Lavitt has been frequently appointed to
represent indigent defendants in the Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.
Lavitt has spoken widely to various housing providers about remedying housing
discrimination and achieving effective enforcement of anti-discrimination law. He is a
member of the Standing Committee of the California State Bar on Group Insurance
Programs, an Arbitrator for the San Francisco Human Services Agency - Housing &
Homeless Division, a Master and Officer of the American Inns Of Court, and a
contributor to many other civic and non-profit organizations.
Prior to teaching at Boalt, Lavitt taught Insurance Law at the University of San
Francisco School of Law, and Torts and Insurance Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor
of Law at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California.
Lavitt earned his A.B. at the University of Georgia (Athens), with high honors,
and his J.D. at Berkeley Law.
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