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 Attorney DAVID L. AXELROD’s Experience and Background 


Occupations:   Attorney at Law  ☻ Musician & Songwriter   ☻ Teacher


Education and Qualifications:


  •               David L. Axelrod was born in Hollywood, California.  He commenced his lifelong love of music and painting as a youth – Writing songs, playing violin, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica, and working in oils, watercolors, enamels and polyester resins.  As a young adult, he pursued a career in the ceramic and metal arts, earning a livelihood as a working potter, kiln-master, welder, sculptor, and ceramics instructor in Santa Cruz County, San Francisco, and the Netherlands. 

  •               David L. Axelrod trained and served as a park ranger and sworn fire fighter from 1974 to 1985 for East Bay Regional Park District. 

  •               Later, David L. Axelrod continued in the visual arts, entering the landscaping profession, with an avid sideline in photography.  During the 1980's, he published a humorous newspaper column, a scientific paper, and other writings, as well as some photography.

  •               David L. Axelrod studied and completed coursework in hydrology, sanitary engineering, surveying, oceanology, forestry, and ecology at the University of California, graduating with honors.  He completed graduate study in Natural Resources/ Forestry at Humboldt State University in 1981.

  •               David L. Axelrod earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree at the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law in Berkeley, California, in 1988.  While study law at Boalt Hall, he was twice awarded the Robert P. Cowell Labor Law Fellowship, and served as a Delegate to the Graduate Assembly of the University of California at Berkeley, 1987-88.

  •               Upon graduating from law school, David L. Axelrod passed the bar examination on his first attempt, then took employment with the State of California, working as an attorney for the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) Legal Division, based in Los Angeles, California, from 1988-90.  There, he successfully conducted jury trials in personal injury cases, and also managed personnel, property and environmental matters.  Starting in 1990, David L. Axelrod served as Deputy County Counsel for the County of Tuolumne, based in Sonora, California.  In this capacity, he conducted litigation and provided advice to County agencies and officials.  In so doing, he worked as primary deputy for matters of juvenile dependency and child protection, conservatorship, lease and contract review, personal injury claims, public records, health, welfare, recreation and education law.   

  •               David L. Axelrod entered and founded the Sierra Law Office of David L. Axelrod, where he has practiced trial law in Sonora, California since June, 1990.  He has also taught undergraduates at Columbia College in the Natural Resources Department.

                                                                                David L. Axelrod


Languages spoken: French, English

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 25%
    28 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    28 years
  3. Family: 20%
    26 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 8%
    23 years
  5. Other: 22%
  6. More 



Hourly ($60-270/hour)

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Contact info

DAVID L. AXELROD, Attorney at Law

6 South Washington St.
Suite 12
Sonora, CA, 95370


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
First Place - MiscellaneousColumbia Fiddle & Bango Contest2014
Robert P. Cowell Labor Law FellowshipUniversity of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law1987
Robert P. Cowell Labor Law Fellowship (twice)University of California-Boalt Hall School of Law1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorColumbia College of California2004 - 2007
Deputy County CounselTuolumne County Counsel1990 - 1991
Deputy AttorneyCALTRANS Legal Division1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tuolumne County Bar AssociationMember1990 - 2016
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Robert Lippert and Friends of Columbia State Historical Park v. County of TuolumnePrevailed: Saved most of the historical elm trees of Columbia State Historical Park, Columbia, California, USA. Pruned or replaced some others. Preserved the Parks beauty and shade.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Symposium proceedings published by National Park Service, and U. C. Press, 1981.Watershed rehabilitation, using native plant species, discussing preferred methods of plant propagation.1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
California State University, Humboldt State UniversityNatural Resources/ Forestry/ Post-GraduateN/A1981
University of California - BerkeleyConservation of Natural ResourcesBS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mandatory Continuing Education of the Bar (MCLE) conference in Granite Bay, CaliforniaConflict of Law in Labor and Discrimination Casework: Labor and Employment law practice, disputes, litigation, and negotiation.2014