Pennsylvania Fellow Sheryl Axelrod of the Axelrod Firm PC, was honored with the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) 2017 Yolanda Coly Advocacy Award. Yolanda Coly herself nominated Ms. Axelrod, as did two NAMWOLF Board of Directors members, Jamie Rudman, who presented her with the award, and John Murdock.

The Yolanda Coly Advocacy Award recognizes a person of influence with wide ranging professional connections such who, through stellar advocacy, profoundly advanced NAMWOLF’s mission. Ms. Axelrod was recognized for her career-long championing of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Ms. Axelrod continues to serve as Co-Chair of the NAMWOLF Advocacy Committee and to speak about the disenfranchisement of women and minorities, unconscious bias, the profitability of diversity, and tools companies and each of us can use to become diversity champions. Watch Ms. Axelrod's courageous award acceptance speech here, for which she was given an extended standing ovation.


Sheryl Axelrod is the founder of The Axelrod Firm, PC. She provides strategic, results-driven advice and representation to for-profit and non-profit businesses in their general liability, employment, commercial, and appellate litigation matters. Her clients include The Salvation Army, GlaxoSmithKline, and the City of Philadelphia.