We offer appellate and major brief writing services. In fact, Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod, has been recognized for her appellate and brief writing skills by, among other ways, being asked by the Pennsylvania Superior Court, to explain Pennsylvania appellate practice to the public on television, and both Firm Partners, Ms. Axelrod and Lisa J. Savitt, have strong brief writing experience.

Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod has been so well recognized in the appellate field, the Pennsylvania Superior Court (Pennsylvania’s state appellate court) requested that she explain “Pennsylvania Appellate Practice” to the public on public television (Channel PCN), Below are a few of her distinctions in the space.

Representative Matters

  • Published in Law360 – EagleBank v. BR Professional Sports Group, Inc., EDPa Civil Action No. 14-5550) – As noted above, Ms. Axelrod, working with an attorney in Maryland, successfully convinced the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to grant summary judgment to their client in a $1.25 million case. The intervening lender appealed and Axelrod and Maryland counsel convinced the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to affirm the District Court’s ruling. The case was never further appealed.
  • Published in the Aviation Litigation Reporter – Wrote two briefs that in federal court cases that were published in the Aviation Litigation Reporter, including a brief filed in the Supreme Court of the United States in an action brought under the Warsaw Convention, “Brief of Northwest Airlines, Inc. in Opposition to the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari,” Grimes v. Northwest Airlines, Inc. Ms. Axelrod successfully defended an airline company in the Grimes matter in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States, from a claim by a passenger aboard an international flight. The passenger alleged that his refusal to leave a seat to which he was not assigned, and his subsequent arrest and removal from the flight by airport police: (1) caused him to suffer an “accident which caused damage” within the meaning of Article 17 of the Warsaw Convention; and (2) was outside of the limitation of liability provision in Article 25 of the Warsaw Convention. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment in favor of the airline on the passenger’s claims. After briefing by Ms. Axelrod, the Third Circuit affirmed. After the Opposition to the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari Ms. Axelrod wrote, the Supreme Court denied certiorari.
  • Researched and drafted appellate briefs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state and federal courts, including the appeal brief in a dispute in which $825 million was at stake.
  • Successfully defended an aerospace component part manufacturer from post-trial claims in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and in an appeal to the Third Circuit against claims that its seal was defectively designed and caused flammable fluid to reach the engine manifold of a military helicopter, leading to the deaths of all Marines onboard.
  • Presented the Continuing Legal Education course “Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process” with former Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Sandra Schultz Newman and Judge Genece E. Brinkley.

Ms. Axelrod is so highly respected as a brief writer that she also spent years volunteering with a top team of talented brief writers on the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) Amicus Committee, which reviews requests for participation as amicus curiae in cases of interest  to NAWL members, and drafts amicus briefs on NAWL’s behalf. 

Additionally, Partner Lisa J. Savitt worked on appellate briefs, including a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, in a matter pending in state court in Illinois in 2011-2013.
Two of Ms. Axelrod’s appellate briefs 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).
  • Ms. Axelrod has researched and written appellate briefs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state and federal courts, including drafting the appeal brief in a dispute in which $825 million was at stake.

Ms. Axelrod also presented a Continuing Legal Education course entitled “Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process” with former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman and Judge Genece E. Brinkley.