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  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • District Court of New Jersey


  • Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
  • Immediate Past President, Temple Law Alumni Association
  • Member (Appointed by ABA President) of the Task Force on Gender Equity, American Bar Association
  • Past Diversity Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Executive Council member and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Member, Forum of Executive Women
  • Member, DirectWomen
  • Member, The Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, Women in the Profession Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, The Barristers" Association of Philadelphia


  • “Brief Of Northwest Airlines, Inc. In Opposition To The Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari,” Grimes v. Northwest Airlines, Inc., (Oct. 17, 2000)
  • “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., (Jul. 27, 1999)


Sheryl L. Axelrod


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I am the President of the Fearless Women Network and The Axelrod Firm, PC.  I provide strategic, results-driven advice and representation to for-profit and non-profit businesses in their general liability, employment, commercial, and appellate litigation matters.  My clients include The Salvation Army, GlaxoSmithKline, and the City of Philadelphia.

I am a trial lawyer and my skills are such that I have been accepted into membership in the Litigation Counsel of America, a peer selected honorary society of top trial lawyers.  Vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service, less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers are accepted into membership in LCA's by-invitation-only membership.

I've also been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania for the past three years in a row. "Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review & Analysis" catalogs the most significant verdicts in the state.  It published the verdict entered in one of my trials, a David versus Goliath commercial defense victory for my client.

I am rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating awarded by this nationally recognized leader in lawyer ratings.

For my employment defense work, I was selected a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™.

I have won many cases on my written submissions without having to go to trial.  My writing is so strong, two of my briefs have been published.  Appellate practice is virtually all based on brief writing, and the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania's primary intermediate appellate court, chose me to appear on television to explain Pennsylvania appellate practice to the public prior to televised oral arguments.

Prior to founding The Axelrod Firm, I worked at one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the country, Blank Rome, handling some of the biggest and most complex cases.

I received my Bachelor's degree Cum Laude in Economics from Brandeis University in 1990.  I received my law degree from Temple University in 1993 after having won the 1992 Samuel J. Polsky Moot Court Competition. Upon graduation from Temple Law School, I clerked for the distinguished and award winning jurist The Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss before practicing law at Blank Rome.

I am the Immediate Past President of the Temple Law Alumni Association, the fourth female to hold the post in the organization's nearly one hundred year history.

I am a member of the Forum of Executive Women, an organization of the most influential women in the Philadelphia region.

I have been appointed by two separate Chancellors of the Philadelphia Bar Association to membership on the Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.  As such, I lead teams vetting the individuals seeking to be elected judges in Pennsylvania.

I am deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and equality.  I am a nationally published author and speaker on unconscious bias and the profitability of diversity.  In the past, I served in the American Bar Association (the "ABA" ) as a Diversity Fellow.

I now serve on the ABA distinguished Task Force on Gender Equity.  This year, the ABA President had only 3 open seats to choose from in selecting people for inclusion on the Task Force from the pool of all who applied across the country for the spots.  I was one of the three people who this year, was appointed a spot on the Task Force on Gender Equity (more commonly known as the Gender Equity Task Force).

I also serve as a member of the Diversity and Amicus Committees of the National Association of Women Lawyers.

In the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession (PBA WIP), I am a member of the Executive Council and serve as Co-Chair of the PBA WIP Diversity Committee.

I also serve on the Philadelphia Bar Association Women's Initiatives in Law Firms Task Force.

I am Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee of NAMWOLF, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.  The Advocacy Committee is charged with advocating nationally on behalf of minority and women-owned law firms.

For my work as the Co-President of the Fearless Women Network, a non-profit I co-founded with Mary Ann Mullaney to shatter glass ceilings and obliterate unequal pay, I was recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a " Woman Worth Watching."

I am licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state and federal courts, and I am admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

I am fluent in Spanish.

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