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Education

  • University of California, Hastings, College of Law
    • J.D., 1977
  • Stanford University
    • B.A., with distinction, 1972

Clerkships

  • Staff Attorney, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1977-1978)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit  

Professional Associations

 
David M. Axelrad
David M. Axelrad

daxelrad@horvitzlevy.com
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David M. Axelrad

David Axelrad joined Horvitz & Levy and is a partner at the firm, where he has practiced since 1982.  He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist, and has handled hundreds of civil appeals in state and federal courts, including numerous cases in the California Supreme Court. 

Mr. Axelrad has authored articles for legal publications, co-authored appellate practice guides for Matthew Bender and the California Continuing Education of the Bar, and is the editor of a leading treatise on the appellate process, Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts (Law Journal Press 2011). Mr. Axelrad received top rankings from Chambers & Partners USA both in California and nationally.  Additionally, he has been named a “Best Lawyer” by The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2006, and has been listed as a Southern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2004.  Mr. Axelrad was also named one of the Top 100 Southern California...

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Publications

  • Did You Know? Appealability Depends on the Legislature (Summer 2014) ABTL Report, Vol. XXXIV, No. 4, p. 8
  • From Secrecy to Disclosure (August 5, 2013) The Recorder
  • Regulatory Risk Assessment and Tort Liability (Vol. 1, 2013) Verdict, p. 30
  • Counselor, Are You Reading Your Oral Argument? (Jan. 24, 2014) Daily J., p. 7
  • The Certification Process (July 9, 2012) The Recorder [online exclusive]
  • The Conflict over Medicare's 'Full Reimbursement' Rule (June & July 2012) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 29, Nos. 9 & 10 [two-part article]
  • Sanchez v. Strickland and the Measure of Damages in California for Past Medical Expenses (Winter 2012) Legal Insights, p. 15
  • Limiting Windfall Damages (Feb. 2012) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 1
  • Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts (2011) Law Journal Press
  • The Supreme Court of California Rules on Santa Clara Contingency Fee Issue - Backpedals on Clancy (July 2011) IADC Defense Counsel Journal
  • Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions (Cal. State Bar, Lit. Section, October 2010) 2009 California Litigation Review
  • Suggestive Palma Notices (November 2010) California Lawyer, 40
  • Annual Review (20th ed. Feb. 2010) [May take a few minutes to download; click Bookmarks to view table of contents]
  • A Conversation on the Appellate Process (Nov. 2009) 51 For the Defense 26
  • Staying Enforcement During Appeal (May 2009 Cont.Ed.Bar) Cal. Civil Appellate Practice, ch. 6
  • Tort Reform Damage Caps in California, and Beyond (Apr. 2009) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 28, No. 7, p. 5
  • The Constitutionality of Tort Reform Damage Caps (Mar. 2009) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 27, No. 6, p. 1
  • Staying Enforcement of A Money Judgment Pending Appeal: An Overview (August 2008) IADC Appellate Practice Committee Newsletter
  • Lack of Informed Consent vs. Battery: Stepping In for the Defense (Apr. 2008) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 25, No. 7, p. 1
  • Lack of Informed Consent vs. Battery: Keeping the Two Straight (Mar. 2008) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 25, No. 6, p. 1
  • Pay Judges More (Jan. 14, 2008) Los Angeles Times
  • Increasing Pay for Federal Judges (Dec. 28, 2007) Lawdragon.com
  • Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions (Cal. State Bar, Lit. Section, July 2008) 2007 California Litigation Review
  • Anti-SLAPP Statutes and Peer Review (Nov. 2006) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vo. 24, No. 2A, p. 7
  • Justices Will Give Guidance on Excluding Expert Testimony (August 23, 2006) L.A. Daily J. p. 8
  • It's About Time Federal Judges Got a Living Wage (July 31, 2006) L.A. Daily J., p. 8
  • The Abiding Appeal of the Concept of Legislative Due Process (April 2006) 29 Los Angeles Lawyer, p. 92
  • Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions (Cal. State Bar, Lit. Section, June 2007) 2006 California Litigation Review
  • Why California's Anti-SLAPP Statute Should Apply to Peer Review (Nov. 2005) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 23, No. 11, p. 1
  • The Statutory Framework for Appeal Bonds (June 2005) Los Angeles Lawyer
  • New Standards for Expert Testimony (July 2005) California Lawyer
  • The Appellate Process: Preserving A Case for Appeal (A.B.A. Torts & Ins. Prac. Sec., Appellate Advoc. Com., Chicago, Ill.) (Summer 2005) volume 7, No. 4
  • Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions (Cal. State Bar, Lit. Section, July 2006) 2005 California Litigation Review
  • Problematic New Civil Jury Instructions (May 2004) California Lawyer, 20
  • CA Court Excludes Medical Expert Causation Testimony (Apr. 2004) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 21, No. 6, p. 1
  • Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions (Cal. State Bar, Lit. Section, Sept. 2005) 2004 California Litigation Review
  • Appeals, Writs and Post-Trial Motions (Cal. State Bar, Lit. Section, Nov. 2004) 2003 California Litigation Review
  • California's "Little FTC Act": Benefitting Consumers, or Lawyers? (Dec. 4, 1998) Wash. Legal Found. Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 13, No. 46
  • California Supreme Court Review (1988) Cal. Forms of Pleading and Practice, ch. 54
  • The Federal General Verdict Rule: Conflict in the Courts of Appeal (June 1996) The Federal Lawyer
  • Staying Power (Nov. 1995) Los Angeles Lawyer
  • Insurance Coverage for "Wilful Acts": Clarifying Clemmer (Sept. 1991) L.A. Lawyer