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


We offer appellate and major brief writing services. Sheryl Axelrod has been so well recognized in the field that the Superior Court (Pennsylvania’s state appellate court) requested that she explain Pennsylvania Appellate Practice to the public. You can watch video footage from the television program in which she did so.  Two of her briefs in federal court cases have been published, including a brief filed in the Supreme Court of the United States:

“Brief of Northwest Airlines, Inc. In Opposition To The Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari,” Grimes v. Northwest Airlines, Inc., 2000 Aviation Litigation Reporter 18, (Oct. 17, 2000).

Sheryl’s article on “The Dollars And Sense Of Diversity” was the cover story of the July / August 2012 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer, the magazine for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its 28,000 members.  That was followed by her piece, “Disregard Diversity at Your Financial Peril: Diversity as a Competitive Financial Advantage,” that was published nationally in the May / June 2013 issue ofDiversity & the Bar, the magazine distributed by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.  “Diversity as a Competitive Financial Advantage,” was then made a featured article by the American Bar Association (the largest bar association in the world).  It was also published by the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), and emailed by NAWL to all of its members.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will be a keynote speaker in a free, live “Take the Lead Challenge” webcast in favor of equal pay in which 1 million viewers are expected to participate.  My latest piece, “A Primer on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality: From the Profitability of Diversity to Unconscious Bias to its Impact on Our Country,” is featured on the “Take the Lead” website.

Also, with former Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Sandra Schultz Newman and Judge Genece E. Brinkley, Sheryl presented the Continuing Legal Education course “Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process.”


We minimize companies’ exposure in their general, premises liability, motor vehicle, and product liability matters, and offer negotiation and counseling aimed at resolving disputes before lawsuits occur.  Over the past 5 years, we have multiplied the amount of premises and motor vehicle liability cases we handle.  Once a company sees how we approach such cases, they want us to handle more of them.

Likewise, our experience in product liability matters is so strong that one of our briefs in the field was published:

“Response of Defendant, Macrotech Fluid Sealing, Inc., to Plaintiff’s Memorandum in Support of Motion for New Trial Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59 and an Evidentiary Hearing,” Stecyk v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. et al., 1999 Aviation Litigation Reporter 17 (Jul. 27, 1999).


The Axelrod Firm’s clients are international and national companies, and we are the go-to small law firm for those engaged in high stakes commercial disputes.  Sheryl Axelrod came from Blank Rome where she handled large, sophisticated commercial cases.  She has gone up against major law firms and companies with great resources.  In fact, you can read about Sheryl Axelrod’s David versus Goliath commercial defense victory that was published in “Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review & Analysis,” the publication which catalogs the most significant verdicts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Axelrod represented the defendant in the case, Carmelo Gaudite, a single individual, against a large plaintiff nursing company, Visiting Nurse Group, Inc.  Despite the strong case waged by her adversary, Ms. Axelrod won a defense verdict for her client on all counts.

Two other of Ms. Axelrod’s commercial cases have each been written up in Law360, one in a matter involving her side’s successful prosecution, before the trial court, of a $1.25 million breach of contract action (which her client’s adversary has appealed), and another in which she is defending an insurance company against a multi-million dollar antitrust claim.



We provide strategic, results-driven advice and counseling services aimed at minimizing companies’ exposure to employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and Family Medical Leave Act claims.  We evaluate each case from the beginning, keeping an eye out for the possibility of a quick and financially beneficial resolution.  Where such a possibility exists, we discuss appropriate settlement authority — which can consist of non-monetary consideration — and begin negotiations immediately.

We work with employers collaboratively, engaging with their Human Resources departments as a team. In recognition of our skills, and the way we handle cases, the Pennsylvania Human Resources Director of a global employer transitioned all of the employment cases under her purview to us.

Where an early resolution is not feasible, we defend employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and in court.  We have an outstanding track record of shutting down virtually all employment claims at the administrative agency level.

We also represent employers in related employment areas including in responding to subpoenas, and in counseling and claims concerning their social media policies.  We discuss a number of recent employment decisions impacting the field on our Newsletter page.

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod was recognized by her fellow lawyers, men and women alike, as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania for the past two years in a row.  She was also named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™.  In July, 2011, at the request of Sterling Education Services, Ms. Axelrod presented a CLE to Human Resources managers and employment lawyers on “Employment Discrimination Law Issues.” The presentation included information about Employment Law in the virtual world: the latest court decisions governing employees’ use of social media, wireless devices, email and webmail accounts.


Chris Stouffer brings decades of experience to our real estate practice.  He represents non-profits, owners, and developers in Philadelphia with institutional campuses, complex public financing, subsidized housing projects, and related administrative litigation and problem solving, including zoning and local tax matters.  He also helps companies and individuals purchasing or selling real estate in Philadelphia, and in their zoning appeals.  To learn about Philadelphia zoning relief, read our newsletter on the topic.