Joseph Lavitt

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6842


Joseph Lavitt’s 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, and is forthcoming in the Rutgers University Law Review Commentaries. During the relatively short period since publication, this work has been cited in more than 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 addressed the handling by the Supreme Court of cases affecting the Affordable Care Act at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California for three consecutive years, from 2012-14. He has been quoted on matters of tort and insurance law by several news services, including the AP, Reuters, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Business Insurance, and many others. He appeared nationally with Margret Brennan on Bloomberg Television News to discuss the BP Oil Spill.

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 called upon as an expert witness in numerous civil 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. He currently serves as co-chair emeritus on the Standing Committee of the State Bar of California for Group Insurance Programs, as an arbitrator for the San Francisco Human Services Agency Housing and Homeless Division, and as a contributor to several other nonprofit and civic organizations.

He teaches Insurance Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and is currently teaching or previously taught at UC Berkeley and Golden Gate University law schools.

AB, University of Georgia, Athens
JD, UC Berkeley