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The Axelrod Firm, PC President and CEO Sheryl L. Axelrod provides strategic, results-driven advice and representation to companies concerning their commercial, employment, bodily injury, and appellate litigation matters. While only 5% of lawyers are recognized by their peers as Super Lawyers, Sheryl has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania and one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating a lawyer can achieve. One of her trials, a David versus Goliath commercial litigation victory for her client-defendant, was published in “Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review & Analysis” which catalogs the most significant state verdicts. She was selected a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-HubbellTM.
Two of Sheryl’s briefs have been published. On a Superior Court of Pennsylvania television program, she explained Pennsylvania appellate practice to the public prior to televised oral arguments before the Court.
Sheryl has also been appointed by two separate Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellors to membership on the Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, where she leads investigative teams.
Sheryl has been inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
Prior to founding The Axelrod Firm, Ms. Axelrod worked at Blank Rome LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the country handling some of the biggest and most complex litigation matters.
Sheryl is a Past President of the Temple Law Alumni Association (TLAA), the fourth female to hold the post in TLAA’s nearly one hundred year history. During her Presidency of TLAA, she founded the TLAA Women’s Initiative and the TLAA Diversity Committee, their programming, the TLAA Women’s Champion Award, and the TLAA Diversity Leadership Award.
The Axelrod Firm is a member of NAMWOLF, the esteemed and highly selective National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. Every NAMWOLF member law firm must have a minimum of three Fortune 500 companies or their equivalently large major non-profit or governmental counterparts as clients in addition to being certified as woman or minority-owned. As a result of her appointment by the NAMWOLF Board of Directors, Sheryl is Co-Chair the organization’s Advocacy Committee, which seeks to promote the greater inclusion of minority and women-owned law firms across the country.
Sheryl is a nationally and internationally published author in the diversity, inclusion, and equality space. Her post, “A Primer on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality: From the Profitability of Diversity to Unconscious Bias to its Impact on Our Country,” was featured on the February 7, 2014 “Take the Lead Challenge” webcast featuring Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, in which an estimated million people participated worldwide. Her articles, “Banking on Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion as Profit Drivers-The Business Case for Diversity,” “Six Steps to Minimizing Gender and Minority Bias,” and “Disregard Diversity at Your Financial Peril: Diversity as a Financial Competitive Advantage,” were each published nationwide.
Sheryl serves as a member of the American Bar Association Gender Equity Task Force; the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Diversity and Amicus Committees; as a Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession Diversity Committee; and on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms Task Force. She is a member of Women of Influence, an organization of globally influential women, and of the Forum of Executive Women, whose members are among the most influential women in the Philadelphia area.
Sheryl is also a co-founder of the Fearless Women Network, a non-profit trade group of exceptional women lawyers in the greater Philadelphia area working to shatter glass ceilings and obliterate unequal pay.
Sheryl received her Bachelor's degree Cum Laude in Economics from Brandeis University in 1990. She received her law degree from Temple University in 1993 after having won the 1992 Polsky Moot Court Competition. Upon graduation from Temple Law School, she clerked for the distinguished and award winning Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss (Ret.) before practicing law at Blank Rome.
Sheryl is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.