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Webinar: Stays of Enforcement Pending Appeal

October 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit; 1 legal specialization in appellate law. You must register in advance to participate.

One of the critical intersections between trial and appellate court practice occurs when litigants who want to appeal need to stay enforcement of the judgment or order being appealed. This seminar provides an overview of the law governing stays pending appeal, including appeal bonds and deposits in lieu of bonds, and provides trial and appellate counsel with the tools needed to protect the interests of a client pursuing appellate relief.

Speaker: Thomas Watson

Moderator: David Axelrad


H. Thomas Watson is a Horvitz & Levy LLP partner at the firm, where he has practiced since 1992.  He has been a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist since the first year the State Bar offered certification in 1996. In addition to working on numerous cases in the California Court of Appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and appellate courts in other jurisdictions, Tom has extensive experience litigating before the California Supreme Court as appellate counsel for both parties and amici curiae. Tom also guides clients and co-counsel regarding trial strategy, pre-and post-trial motions, and perfecting an appeal.

David Axelrad is a partner at Horvitz & Levy LLP, where he has practiced since 1982. He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist, and has spent 38 years specializing in civil appeals. David has handled hundreds of civil appeals in state and federal courts, including cases in the California Supreme Court. He also regularly guides clients and co-counsel through the process of preserving the record in the trial court, attacking judgments in the trial court through posttrial motions, staying enforcement of judgments, and perfecting an appeal.

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