Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
Attorney of the Month, Mr. Erwin Kratz
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in South Africa.
How long have you lived in Tucson?
I have lived in Tucson for 27 years.
What is the history of your practice of law?
Right out of law school I worked at the largest law firm in Arizona for a couple of years, then I worked at the oldest law firm in Arizona for fifteen years, and now I am a solo practitioner.
What are your current practice areas?
I practice exclusively in ERISA and Employee Benefits.
What drives you to volunteer with VLP?
The VLP asked for help and I can help. I believe in the American ideal of free citizens and a limited government: the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. That implies that every citizen has a duty to volunteer time and or money to do things that I would rather not have the government doing.
Things you do when not working or volunteering your legal services?
I enjoy competitive swimming, the outdoors, and travelling.
Where did you go to college? Where did you go to law school?
I attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and Law School at the University of Arizona.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service?
My indispensable Paralegal, Amber Pherigo.
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP?
VLP helps lawyers be of service in ways that they may not be able to experience in their regular practice. Like with most voluntary activities, you will get more out of it than you put in.
What is something that not many people know about you?
I am engaged in a multi-year trip traveling around the United States on motorcycles with my childhood best friend, who lives in the UK. We ride for one week every year, then park the bikes up and resume the trip the following year. So far we have gone from Tucson to Houston, to Atlanta, to DC, to Nashville, to Pittsburgh and to Boston. Next up is Chicago, then the Rockies and the West Coast.