Firm President, Sheryl L. Axelrod, standing before a number of the attorneys she mentors — from left to right: Melissa Pang, Dan Oberdick, Axelrod Firm attorney Vanessa Snyder, Damian Sammons, and Neelima Vanguri.


The Axelrod Firm, PC is a woman-owned law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, focused on business and the bottom line. We advise and represent local, national, and multinational companies including non-profit organizations in their employment, general and product liability, appellate, commercial, and international litigation matters, and we help parties resolve their disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Studies show that companies that retain diverse suppliers, including law firms, are more profitable. In fact, according to research conducted by the Hackett Group, companies that focus on supplier diversity generate 133% greater return on investment than companies that do not. Diverse suppliers are woman and minority-owned businesses, like The Axelrod Firm. At The Axelrod Firm, we leverage our positions in the diversity space for the benefit of our clients, inviting our clients’ in-house counsel to be quoted in our articles and participate with us in public speaking engagements. We comb the latest articles and data in the diversity space, and share the best pieces with our clients so they can be most effective in the space, too. In short, we are leaders in several areas of diversity and we bolster our clients’ leadership in it.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients and to diversity.  At The Axelrod Firm, we get to know our clients — who they are, their goals, their concerns, and their interests. We listen to what they want and work together at the beginning of our engagement to develop a strategy aimed at achieving the best results. Every step we take thereafter is designed to effectuate that strategy, and is done in consultation with our clients. Throughout the process, we demonstrate our commitment to our clients’ success. That is why our clients are our best source of repeat business.

The Axelrod Firm is certified as a woman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Also, The Axelrod Firm is a member of NAMWOLF, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.  It is no small feat to become a NAMWOLF member.  NAMWOLF members are the premier approximately 115 minority and women-owned law firms in the country.   Only approximately five women-owned law firms in Pennsylvania passed NAMWOLF’s rigorous screening selection process and are now members.  The Axelrod Firm is one of them.

Every law firm seeking to become a NAMWOLF member must have favorable client references from national and regional corporations, including corporate references within the Fortune 500 companies, in addition to being certified as woman or minority-owned.  Also, the attorneys practicing at the firm must receive, on average, an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating offered by this nationally recognized leader in the attorney rating industry.  On top of that, each firm must receive unqualified praise from a minimum of three clients, and carry a minimum of $2 million in insurance.  The complete membership criteria are available on NAMWOLF’s website.