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.
Brief Published in the Aviation Litigation Reporter – Brief of Northwest Airlines, Inc. in Opposition to the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, Grimes v. Northwest Airlines, Inc. Partner Sheryl Axelrod wrote a brief filed in the Supreme Court of the United States in an action brought under the Warsaw Convention that was published in the Aviation Litigation Reporter. 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.
Brief Published in the Aviation Litigation Reporter – Response Of Defendant Macrotech Fluid Sealing, Inc. To Plaintiffs’ Memorandum In Support Of Motion For New Trial, Stecyk v. Bell Helicopter. This brief concerned litigation brought against an aerospace component part manufacturer by the estates of Marines who perished in the crash of a military helicopter. The estates of the Marines claimed that the component part manufacturer’s seal was defectively designed, caused flammable fluid to reach the engine manifold, and caused the fire that led to the crash. The case went to a trial which concluded with a defense verdict. Plaintiffs filed post-trial motions claiming many reversible errors occurred and that a new trial was required. Ms. Axelrod wrote the papers on behalf of the aerospace component part manufacturer opposing Plaintiffs’ post-trial motions before the district court. The district court denied Plaintiffs’ post-trial motions, and Plaintiffs appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Axelrod also wrote the brief on behalf of the manufacturer in the Third Circuit, and the Third Circuit affirmed the entry of judgment in the manufacturer’s favor. The brief Ms. Axelrod wrote in the Third Circuit was published in the Aviation Litigation Reporter
- Published in Law360 – EagleBank v. BR Professional Sports Group, Inc., EDPa Civil Action No. 14-5550) – Working with an attorney in Maryland, we 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.
- 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.
Employment Law & Aviation Litigation:
- The Axelrod Firm’s attorneys defend companies in employment matters including in AIR-21 actions. The Axelrod Firm Partners, Sheryl Axelrod and Lisa Savitt, published an article about this work in The American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law, Winter 2020 (published in the Spring of 2020), “Mayday, Mayday! Minimizing air carriers’ exposure by protecting their whistleblowers – lessons gleaned from AIR 21,” Spring 2020 [ß This should open up in a new tab on this page and in Aviation Litigation under the Publications & Published Briefs tab.]
- Chapter on Personal Jurisdiction, “Litigating the Aviation Case,“ Fourth Edition | August 2017
International Litigation & Aviation Litigation:
- Chapter on Personal Jurisdiction, Litigating the Aviation Case, Fourth Edition
- “U.S. Supreme Court decision on Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act,” Law360
- “The New World of Personal Jurisdiction in the United States,” Union Internationale des Avocats Juriste International
- “The Perils of Going Global: Personal Jurisdiction May Exist for Foreign Companies in U.S. Courts,” Journal of the Dispute Resolution Section, the International Bar Association
Attorney-Client Privilege for the In-House Counsel is Not Absolute in Foreign Jurisdictions,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (co-author)
Equity, Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion:
- “A Case for Increasing Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards,” The Forum of Executive Women
- “Guide to Promoting the In-House Legal Department Utilization of NAMWOLF Law Firms,” National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, May 14, 2015 (authored by Alan Bryan, Gilda Spencer, Donna Johnson, Shanin Fuller, and Nancy Peterson, with input and oversight by John Murdock and Sheryl L. Axelrod)
- “Challenging the Myths About Women and Minority Lawyers,” The American Bar Association
- “Oh, The Times of Inequality, They Are A-Changin’,” The American Bar Association
- “Countering diversity fatigue: The audacity of hope backed up by data — seeing the paradigm shifting,” Women Lawyers Journal Vol. 99, No. 4 (cover story)
- “Uninvited: Preferred Counsel Lists and How They Limit Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms’ Access to Legal Work,” The American Bar Association
- “Banking on Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion as Profit Drivers-The Business Case for Diversity,” The American Bar Association (Listed among the ABA’s Top Resources)
- “Six Steps to Minimizing Gender and Minority Bias,” The American Bar Association
- “A Primer on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality: From the Profitability of Diversity to Unconscious Bias to its Impact on Our Country,” Take the Lead (the website of the “Take the Lead Challenge” featuring Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg)
- “Disregard Diversity at Your Financial Peril: Diversity as a Competitive Financial Advantage,” Diversity & the Bar (Republished by the American Bar Association as the Featured Article and Republished by the National Association of Women Lawyers)
- “The Dollars And Sense Of Diversity,” The Pennsylvania Lawyer (cover story)
- 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.