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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.

S. Thomas  Todd

S. Thomas Todd

Of Counsel - Los Angeles Office

How Tom Helps Clients

Healthcare entities and insurance carriers benefit from Thomas Todd’s expertise concerning California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). He is the author of the firm’s MICRA Manual (last updated 2018). He has particular proficiency regarding periodic payment judgments and was the principal consultant to the Uniform Law Commission’s drafting committee for the Uniform Periodic Payment of Judgments Act.

Tom joined the firm in 1981. Prior to joining the firm, Tom was an Assistant City Attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Civil Branch. Before that, he was a Deputy City Attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Criminal Branch.

Representative Matters

Jabo v. YMCA of San Diego County (2018)
California Court of Appeal upholds finding that YMCA owed no duty to use automated external defibrillator

Markow v. Rosner (2016)
California Court of Appeal reverses judgment against hospital

Argo v. General Dynamics
California Court of Appeal reversed a $100 million jury verdict

Industrial Indemnity Co. v. Apple Computer, Inc. (1999) 
Successful appeal on behalf of cross-defendant and appellant, saving the insurer over $17 million

PLS v. Haris (1996)
Reversed punitive damages jury verdict, saving clients $53.4 million in punitive damages


  • Stanford University Law School
    J.D., Order of the Coif, 1975
  • University of California, Irvine
    B.A., magna cum laude, 1971

Bar Admissions

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

Professional Associations