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David M. Axelrad

National Director


David M. Axelrad is a partner at Horvitz & Levy LLP in Encino,
California, where his practice is devoted exclusively to civil appeals. In addition to being a DRI member, Mr. Axelrad is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

David Axelrad joined Horvitz & Levy in 1982 and became a partner in 1986. He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist, and is admitted to practice before California state courts, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. He has handled hundreds of civil appeals in state and federal courts, and has argued cases in the California Supreme Court.

Mr. Axelrad has authored numerous articles for legal publications, and is the editor of a new 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. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Mr. Axelrad was named one of the Top 100 Southern California attorneys by Super Lawyers. In 2011, Mr. Axelrad, together with his partner Lisa Perrochet, was awarded a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for his work in the field of Legal Ethics. He is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as one of the 3000 leading lawyers in America.

Mr. Axelrad is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and has served on the Adjunct Faculty of the University of La Verne College of Law and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Horvitz & Levy is the largest law firm in the nation specializing in civil appellate litigation. The firm has appeared more often in the California appellate courts than any other private firm. For example, since 1990, the firm has litigated more than 130 cases in the California Supreme Court alone. Horvitz & Levy is ranked as a top appellate practice in California by The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers & Partners USA, which has lauded the “strong performance and fresh perspective” of our attorneys and our “insight into the workings of the Supreme Court of California.”

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