Front Office Biographies

Barry Axelrod
Special Assistant to the General Manager

Barry Axelrod Barry Axelrod joined the D-backs in 2012 and serves as Special Assistant to General Manager Dave Stewart.

During his career as a player agent, Axelrod represented some of the game's biggest names including Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Phil Nevin, Rich Aurilia, Matt Morris, Jake Peavy and Matt Clement, as well as numerous others in their post-playing careers in broadcasting or coaching. He has been certified as an agent by the Major League Baseball Players Association and was previously certified by the National Football League Players Association. He also represents former World Champion and U.S. Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan as well as several other U.S. Olympians, in addition to actor/director Mark Harmon and his wife, actress Pam Dawber.

The Los Angeles native attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he received his B.A. in history before attending UCLA Law School, earning his J.D. in 1971. While at UCLA, he spent more than five years working at a part-time job for the team physician, resulting in friendships with many athletes who moved on to pro careers.

After three years in the general practice of law in a small firm, Axelrod joined the firm of Steinberg & Demoff as a partner and helped create the firm's Sports and Entertainment practice. Within two years, the firm represented approximately 100 athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, women's tennis, women's golf, auto racing and rodeo. He left the firm in 1978 and became a sole practitioner with a focus on Sports and Entertainment Law.

In 2000, Axelrod was named to the founding Board of Directors of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which was formed at the direction of the United States Olympic Committee to assume responsibility for all drug testing of Olympic caliber athletes in the United States. He served as Treasurer of that organization from its inception and recently completed his tenure of 11 years in that capacity.

He is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and taught Sports Law at Pepperdine University Law School in 1994-95.

Axelrod has offices in Encinitas, CA, where he has been located since 1979.


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