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Barbara Axelrod

Personal injury Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

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also known as Barbara R. Axelrod

  • Licensed for 46 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1977
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Barbara R. Axelrod first came to Jim Beasley Sr.’s attention in 1989, when she was an assistant city solicitor working for the City of Philadelphia. Barbara wrote a brief that prompted the state Supreme Court to vacate a $3.8 million judgment that Beasley had won in the case of Scarborough v. Reading Railroad.


The case involved a then-9 year-old boy, Eddie Scarborough, who hopped a freight train, and after a short ride, tried to get down off the train, but slipped and fell under, suffering the loss of both legs below the knee. Beasley sued the railroad and the city for negligence, arguing that the city should have repaired a hole in the fence that Eddie Scarborough climbed through on his way to the railroad tracks.


The railroad opted to settle its portion of the case for $1.3 million. The City of Philadelphia appealed, however, and Barbara argued that the city was not liable for negligence on adjoining property that it didn’t own or control. The state Supreme Court agreed, and vacated the then-record verdict.


Beasley didn’t like the decision, but he did take note of the lawyer who beat him and subsequently hired Barbara to handle his appeals. At the Beasley Firm, Barbara has won many appeals in areas such as medical malpractice, product liablity, personal injury and libel. 


A native of Philadelphia, Barbara was a 1973 cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, where she received her B.A., and a 1977 graduate of Villanova University, where she received her J.D. She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar, the Pennsylvania Bar, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court, Easter District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Supreme Court.


She worked for the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department from 1977 to 1989, rising to Divisional Deputy Solicitor. She has been a participant in the Myrna Marshall Moot Court Competition. She has also served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Appellate Courts Committee.

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Philadelphia, PA, 19107-4918
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • The Beasley Firm, LLC
  • 1989 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Beasley Firm, LLC
  • 1900 - Present
  • Divisional Deputy Solicitor
  • City fof Philadelphia's Law Department
  • 1977 - 1989


  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Middlebury College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Zieber v. Bogert
  • Sprague v. Walter
  • $24 million verdict
  • Doe v. Raezer
  • $2.25 million jury verdict
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  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Reporter, Civil Jury Instructions Subcommittee
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Civil Instructions Advisory Panel
  • 2003 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers®”
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Pennsylvania Top 50 Women
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Pennsylvania Top 100
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Philadelphia Personal injury Lawyer Barbara Axelrod
Barbara Axelrod
Personal injury Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 46 years
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