Joseph Lavitt

Joseph Lavitt teaches Torts and Insurance Law at Berkeley Law.

Prior to teaching at Berkeley Law, Joseph 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.

During the past four years, his scholarly work has been published by the Loyola Law Review, Maine Law Review, California Law Review Circuit, Wayne Law Review and Denver University Law Review. During the relatively short period since publication, this work has been cited in a score of notable journals, including the Harvard Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Connecticut Journal of Insurance Law, and Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts.

Lavitt’s scholarship and teaching have been enriched by extensive experience handling all aspects of complex, high-profile civil litigation and numerous appeals from criminal convictions (by appointment). He has been quoted on matters of tort and insurance law by several news services, including the AP and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He appeared nationally with Margret Brennan on Bloomberg Television News to discuss the BP Oil Spill. And, he has been called upon as an expert witness in numerous federal court matters concerning insurance coverage and claim handling.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Lavitt did constituent and campaign service for Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut. He has spoken widely to housing providers about remedying housing discrimination. At present, he serves on the Standing Committee of the California State Bar on Group Insurance Programs, as an Arbitrator for the San Francisco Human Services Agency–Housing & Homeless Division and as a contributor to several other non-profit and civic organizations.

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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