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David Lincoln Axelrod

Personal injury Attorney at Sonora, CA

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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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.

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DAVID L. AXELROD, Attorney at Law
6 South Washington St.
Suite 12
Sonora, CA, 95370


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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2020
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Doesn't write down what I paid him to do or follow up
I paid him to write a demand letter and never heard back from him. I called and he didn't remember me. After I jogged his memory he told me he had no record as to what I paid him to do. I asked him why he hadn't notified me that the other party never responded and he said and I quote, "I report on things that happen, not things that don't happen." He tried to make me feel like it was my fault that he didn't keep any records. I told him I wanted my money back and he hung up on me three times.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 60-270 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Columbia College of California
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Deputy County Counsel
  • Tuolumne County Counsel
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Deputy Attorney
  • CALTRANS Legal Division
  • 1988 - 1989


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • California State University, Humboldt State University
  • 1981
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • Robert Lippert and Friends of Columbia State Historical Park v. County of Tuolumne
  • Prevailed: 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.


  • Tuolumne County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2016
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1988 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • First Place - Miscellaneous
  • Columbia Fiddle & Bango Contest
  • 2014
  • Robert P. Cowell Labor Law Fellowship
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • 1987
  • Robert P. Cowell Labor Law Fellowship (twice)
  • University of California-Boalt Hall School of Law
  • 1986


  • 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

Speaking Engagements

  • Mandatory Continuing Education of the Bar (MCLE) conference in Granite Bay, California
  • Conflict of Law in Labor and Discrimination Casework: Labor and Employment law practice, disputes, litigation, and negotiation.
  • 2014

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Sonora Personal injury Lawyer David Lincoln Axelrod
David Lincoln Axelrod
Personal injury Attorney
Sonora, CA
Licensed for 34 years