Lisa S. Serebin

Lisa Serebin has over two decades of experience in the employee benefits world, ranging from U.S. Department of Labor enforcement actions and complex class action litigation, to advising clients on the full range of benefits and compensation matters.

A former partner at several large international law firms, she has presented numerous speeches and publications on cutting-edge ERISA issues, and litigated cases that tested the boundaries of fiduciary liability and breach. Her dual expertise in day-to-day compliance issues as well as adversarial conflict resolution give her a unique perspective in vindicating the rights of participants and beneficiaries.

For the last several years, Lisa has also helped disabled students and their parents secure the special education services they need from their local public school districts in the California Office of Administrative Hearings and federal court. She is also an avid cold water swimmer, and recently was honored as the first woman to swim a 10-mile round-trip from San Francisco to Treasure Island.

Areas of Practice
Employee Benefits and Compensation
Bar Admissions
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
J.D. cum laude – 1989
Dean’s Honor List
Moot Court Board
Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal Editorial Board
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
B.A. – 1983
Mortar Board Honor Society
Published Works
New Wave of ERISA Litigation Challenges Fees & Expenses Charged to 401(k) Plans, CA Labor & Employment Bulletin, October, 2007
Avoiding ERISA Liability Exposure: Managing Risk with Employer Stock in 401(k) Plans, Stafford Legal Teleconferences, 2006–Present
Hot Topics for ERISA Plans: Emerging Employee Benefit Issues for In-House Counsel and Human Resources Officers, 2004–Present
Overview of Benefit Claim Litigation from Employer Sponsored Plans, Lorman Education Services’ Health Insurance Basics for Employers in California, 2003–Present
Executive Compensation Strategies for Emerging Growth Companies, PLI Conference Counseling Clients in the New Economy, 2001–Present
Deferred Compensation for Tax Exempt Entities and Executives, National Law Institute–Employee Benefits Institute, 2000–Present
Exposure to Fiduciary Liability for Plan Service Providers, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1999–Present
Honors and Awards
The American Lawyer Magazine’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, and Finalist 2008
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA
Ranked #1 for “Most Prestigious” Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2008 Associate Survey
Lisa is also an avid cold water swimmer, and recently was honored as the first woman to swim a 10-mile round-trip from San Francisco to Treasure Island.
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, Member
Wisconsin Bar Association’s Sections on Labor and Employment Law, Taxation and Employee Benefits, Member
American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division for Northern California
Barristers of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s board of directors, Past President
Past Employment Positions
The Law Office of Joseph A. Creitz, P.C., Of Counsel, 2012–2013
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, San Francisco, California., Senior Counsel , 2004–2009
Perkins Coie LLP, San Francisco, California., Partner, 2000–2001
Trucker Huss, San Francisco, California., Partner (1997-2000) Associate (1993-1996), 1993–2000
United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor of Labor, San Francisco, California., Trial Attorney, 1991–1993
Graham & James, San Francisco, California, Associate Attorney, 1989–1991
Pro Bono Activities
AIDS Legal Referral Panel – Board Member and Volunteer Attorney, 2013–present
Attorney Advocate – Community Alliance for Special Education, San Francisco, California, 2009–2012
Member and Past President – Barristers Board of Directors – Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1994–1997
Executive Counsel Member – Northern California Young Lawyer’s Division, American Bar Association., 1995–1997