We minimize our client-entities’ exposure in their general, premises liability, motor vehicle, and products liability matters, and offer negotiation and counseling aimed at resolving disputes before lawsuits occur. We have multiplied the number of general liability cases we handle. Once a company sees how we approach such cases, they want us to handle more of them.
Moreover, we have port-related experience as we represented a maritime company in a personal injury action claimed to have taken place outside the Independence Seaport Museum.
We have trial experience and years of experience minimizing our client-entities’ exposure in their general, premises liability, motor vehicle, and products liability matters, and offer negotiation and counseling aimed at resolving disputes before lawsuits occur. Our experience includes representing a maritime company in a personal injury action claimed to have taken place outside the Independence Seaport Museum, representing the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and representing a contractor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Commonwealth, in a bodily injury matter.
Ms. Axelrod has handled a wide variety of product liability and tort litigation, including premises liability litigation, throughout her entire career. She has specific experience with a port matter, having defended a maritime company in an action outside the Independence Seaport Museum. She is also currently defending the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as set forth below.
Since launching The Axelrod Firm in 2007, Ms. Axelrod has been defending global corporate clients in a wide variety of such matters. The actions she has handled include the following:
Sheryl Axelrod’s Representative Matters
- Defended a multi-national chemical company in a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas action brought by a police officer who claimed she was injured at a property the governmental entity was leasing from the chemical company-client. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania retained Axelrod to represent the chemical company pursuant to an indemnification provision in the lease agreement. The litigation included issues relating to employee benefits, issues around the service of the Complaint, the Statute of Limitations, and the plaintiff’s alleged damages. The case amicably resolved prior to all but a single deposition.
- Defended a maritime company in a bodily injury action involving a woman who claimed her leg was seriously damaged and lost feeling when a sign allegedly fell from a booth onto it outside of the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Managed to get the client dismissed from the case before any of its representatives were deposed.
- Currently defending various Commonwealth governmental entities and the Governor. This high-profile action, which is venued in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, involves claims brought by a coalition of school districts, parents and public interest groups who claim that the way the state government and official disburses funds for public school education is unconstitutional and disproportionately impacts poor urban and rural districts. Petitioners in the high-profile matter seek declaratory and injunctive relief.
- Successfully defended an aerospace component part manufacturer from post-trial claims in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and 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.
- Defended a global corporation from claims brought in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by a man in his thirties who was allegedly hit head-on in his car as a result of one of the corporations’ drivers making an illegal U-turn. Plaintiff retained six experts. Plaintiff’s economic expert contended that Plaintiff sustained a loss of earning and earning capacity of $675,000 to $1.4 million, and future medical expenses of $1.8 to 2.5 million. The matter amicably resolved for a confidential sum shortly before trial. Following her defense of this matter, the global corporation was so pleased with Axelrod’s work, that The Axelrod Firm began to receive all of a certain line of its general liability matters in Philadelphia.
- Defended a major corporation and one of its employees in an action brought on behalf of a boy who had not yet turned 16, when he collapsed on its premises while engaged in playing basketball and died. The young man’s estate claimed that the company, by and through its employees, endeavored to rescue the minor, but failed to call 911, administer CPR, and administer a defibrillator sufficiently quickly to save his life. Obtained discovery demonstrating that Plaintiff’s decedent had two distinct heart defects, each previously unknown, which each contributed to his passing. Ms. Axelrod was also able to develop strong statutory and case law support for there being no duty beyond calling 911 within a reasonable amount of time, which the client felt confident was done. That said, there was a very damning discoverable email the client had written and the client’s witnesses, who felt horribly about the boy’s passing, testified poorly. The matter amicably resolved for a confidential sum shortly before trial. If permitted by the client, Ms. Axelrod would be happy to have you discuss her and her firm’s defense of it with its representatives.
- Defended a major corporation from claims brought by a man in his mid-forties who sustained serious injuries to his right elbow, allegedly as a result of falling on a broken grate on the company’s premises. Following the fall, the plaintiff underwent multiple right elbow surgeries, and claimed that he lost all use of his right (and dominant) arm. Axelrod mounted a strong defense including by retaining:
- an investigator who uncovered a photograph of Plaintiff showing him lifting with his allegedly unusable arm, an over 50 lb. object; and
- an independent medical examiner who found Plaintiff’s claims to be contradicted by the size of the musculature in both of his arms.
The case amicably resolved for a confidential sum shortly before trial.
- Defended a global corporation from claims brought against it in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by an elderly couple. They claimed they were hit head-on in their car and severely injured by one of the corporation’s drivers, who was allegedly texting on his cellphone while driving towards them. Among the claims asserted against the firm’s client, were claims for punitive damages. After all depositions took place, over multiple briefs, the Court struck Plaintiffs’ punitive damages claims. Once that occurred, the matter amicably resolved.
- Obtained, with national counsel, the stipulated voluntary dismissal on personal jurisdiction grounds of a major trade association, from every case in the Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Litigation MDL in the United States District Court for New Jersey, but those designated for remand to New Jersey and the District of Columbia, where the company resided. The stipulation resulted in the dismissed hundreds of ovarian cancer claims and consortium claims.
Ms. Savitt also has extensive bodily injury and product liability experience. Among the cases she has handled are the following select matters:
Lisa Savitt’s Representative Matters
- Representing 3D printing company in defamation suit based upon issues of copyright law and intellectual property regarding who has rights in 3D printing data.
- Represented Fortune 500 company in investigating and defending product liability claims and litigation brought around the United States arising from alleged damage from a commercial herbicide; developed and launched complex claims management process to resolve more than 35,000 claims including supervising a team of thirty (30) lawyers and consultants and working closely with in-house counsel and business unit on strategy.
- Represented multinational component part manufacturer in two wrongful death and personal injury federal court actions arising out of accidents involving military helicopters; issues included complex factual issues including focus on electrical systems of helicopters and government contractor defense. Cases involved extensive discovery including discovery directed to U.S. military. One case settled on favorable terms; summary judgment motion granted in second case.
- Defended French bearing manufacturer in wrongful death action in state court in Cook County, Illinois arising out of helicopter crash including challenge to jurisdiction of Illinois courts resulting in dismissal of lawsuit by trial court; maintained challenge after plaintiff’s successful appeal through to Illinois Supreme Court to unsuccessful petition for certiorari to the U. S. Supreme Court; continued defense against allegations including strict products liability, negligence and breach of warranty; case involved multiple experts including metallurgist, accident reconstruction expert, pilot expert, economist, biomechanics forensic expert and maintenance expert; following mediation, case settled on favorable terms two weeks before trial.
- Represented ground handling company in multiple wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits around the U.S. involving loaders and other vehicles.
- Assisted in representation of manufacturer of autopilot arising out of crash of airplane in Newark, New Jersey resulting in four deaths, personal injuries and property damage; after years of litigation, participated in six-week trial against manufacturer and United States government by estates of pilot and passengers and owner of business and property destroyed in crash resulting in complete defense verdict.
- Represented component manufacturer acting as national coordinating counsel in multiple lawsuits around the U.S. arising out accident of Air France Flight 447; case resulted in multi-district litigation; case dismissed after successful motion to dismiss on the basis of forum non conveniens.
- Counseled French engine manufacturer and worked with Mexican counsel regarding possible claim by Mexican distributor of engines and victims of airplane crash in Mexico.
- Defended UK bearing manufacturer in complex product liability action in Federal Court in Texas arising out of helicopter crash in Gulf of Mexico resulting in three deaths; after several years of litigation including depositions in UK and France, represented manufacturer in mediation resulting in manufacturer paying nominal settlement.
- Represented airport authority Aeroports de Paris and its insurers in wrongful death and personal injury claims in United States and overseas arising out of collapse of terminal at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris; claims included allegations of negligence related to construction and architectural defects; after several mediation sessions, wrongful death case filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York arising out of accident resulted in favorable settlement.
- Successfully converted $24 million foreign judgment of shipping company against Yugoslavian bank into U.S. judgment and represented shipping company in enforcement of judgment including dealing with OFAC provisions and attempts by Yugoslavian bank to transfer assets from the United States in U.S. Bankruptcy Court ancillary proceeding.