Robert J. Axelrod
Senior Partner

Admitted to practice:
New York
U.S. District Courts, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Eleventh Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

  • My Practice

    Robert J. Axelrod is Senior Partner of Axelrod LLP and a trial attorney with a national practice representing healthcare providers and facilities in disputes with health insurance companies. He has 20 years of experience in insurance litigation and deep knowledge of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related federal and state laws.

    He practices healthcare law uniquely from the provider’s perspective. The reason is simple. Health insurers are represented by some of the largest and most powerful law firms in the country. While some law firms represent providers they also represent these same health insurers in disputes against providers. “I believe providers need and deserve legal representation entirely devoted to their interests and attorneys with a track record of standing up against the insurers’ lawyers and their often aggressive tactics.”

    Practicing healthcare law from the provider’s perspective also determines my approach to client service. Each client deserves – and receives – my individual attention throughout the engagement. Most importantly, I see my role as resolving the dispute at hand and strengthening my client’s business in the process, rather than merely taking on a piece of litigation. While this sort of business partner may be rare within the legal community, I believe it is essential in assisting my clients.

  • Key Cases

    In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, pending in the Northern District of Alabama, Master File No. 13-CV-20000-RDP, Chair of the written submissions committee for the provider track, decision denying in part motion to dismiss filed as Document No. 204, June 18, 2014.
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    Addison v. American Medical Security, Inc. –prevailed as to liability after trial on behalf of a class consisting of people who purchased "Affinity Group" health insurance policies from American Medical, in the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County Florida, No. 00-01445 (AB) (Palm Beach Co. Fla. Cir. Ct. April 24, 2002).
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    Blue Cross Blue Shield of R.I. v. Korsen, District of Rhode Island Civil Action No. 09-317L, 945 F. Supp. 2d 268 (D.R.I. 2013)
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    Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association v. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Northern District of Illinois Case No. 09-cv-05619 (MFK), finding in favor of PCA after trial and finding PCA entitled to permanent injunction, Document No. 912 Filed Mar. 28, 2014.
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    Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, on brief to Supreme Court as co-counsel for Amici Curiae American Medical Association and the Medical Society of New Jersey, 569 U. S. ____ (2013)


    Pomerantz LLP (1995-2014) Partner, (2002-2014)

  • Professional Associations

    American Bar Association
    New York City Bar Association
    New York State Bar Association

  • Education

    J.D., Brooklyn Law School, Executive Notes and Comments Editor, Brooklyn Law Review
    M.A. History, Temple University
    B.A., magna cum laude, History, Temple University