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Scartelli Olszewski President and founder Melissa A. Scartelli has been representing seriously injured plaintiffs in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. She handles a range of complex matters on behalf of accident victims, malpractice victims and other injured individuals and their families. Melissa’s areas of practice include automobile accidents, auto defects, construction and workplace accidents, defective drugs and medical devices, insurance bad faith, liquor liability, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, premises liability, product liability, professional liability and psychiatric malpractice.


A native of Scranton, Pa., Melissa has remained dedicated to representing the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania throughout her career. She firmly believes that products and health care are made safer in the United States through legitimate lawsuits that reveal and curtail unsafe products and practices. To that end, Melissa founded Scartelli Olszewski (then known as the Scartelli Law Firm) in 2001 to protect the rights of accident and malpractice victims. Today, both Melissa and the firm are known for tackling difficult cases that require exceptional effort and creative lawyering.


Melissa takes particular pride in fighting for the rights of elderly or retired clients, who many attorneys decline to represent. Her first significant personal injury verdict was a $970,000 award on behalf of a 91-year-old woman who fell from a hospital bed. The verdict remains the largest recorded in Luzerne County on behalf of an elderly patient. Melissa also secured a rare punitive damages award against a school district that had denied retirement benefits to four retired teachers. And in a pro bono matter, her elderly client was awarded $80,000 in back and future benefits due to the client's husband’s death at a Veterans Administration hospital 12 years earlier.


Melissa is admitted to practice in all of Pennsylvania's state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a 1987 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, where she was captain of the moot court team and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers "Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy." A resident of Dallas, Pa., Melissa enjoys boating, golfing and skiing. Her husband, attorney Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., is also a shareholder with the firm.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 34%
  2. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 33%
  3. Personal Injury: 33%

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  • Gina Furia Rubel

    Melissa is a passionate and compassionate personal injury lawyer who helps her clients through all stages of a legal matter. I have worked with Melissa on legal matters and have referred injured victims to her. I trust Melissa to always represent her clients to the best of her ability.


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  • Gerard Michael Karam

    I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is a fierce advocate for her clients. Her clients are assured that no stone will be left unturned and that they will receive the best of representation!


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Contact info

Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.

411 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA, 18510


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law FirmU.S. News & World Report2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World Report2016
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
U.S. News & World ReportBest Lawyers in America2015
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2011
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Pennsylvania Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
Highest Citizenship AwardPennsylvania State Police2005
Award for Excellence in Trial AdvocacyInternational Academy of Trial Lawyers1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President / ShareholderScartelli Olszewski, P.C.2006 - Present
PresidentScartelli & Distasio Law Firm, P.C.2005 - 2006
PresidentScartelli Law Firm, P.C.2001 - 2005
PartnerHourigan, Kluger & Quinn, P.C.1993 - 2001
AssociateHourigan, Kluger & Quinn, P.C.1989 - 1993
Law ClerkLackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge S. John Cottone1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial LawyersPast PresidentN/A
Pennsylvania Association for JusticeMemberN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMemberN/A
Lackawanna Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMemberN/A
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMemberN/A
Luzerne County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$2,000,000 Medical Malpractice Confidential Settlement; Death of a Child$2,000,000
$2,000,000 Medical Malpractice Confidential Settlement; Physician and Hospital Malpractice$2,000,000
$6,500,000 Automobile Accident; Motorcycle Accident Settlement; Brain Damage$6,500,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of ScrantonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PBI CLETrial Tactics, Tips & Techniques2015
PBI Technology Institute 2014Effect of Social Media on Personal Injury Matters in Pennsylvania2014
National Business Institute's CLEPersonal Injury 1012014
Pennsylvania Defense Institute and NPTL ConferenceLegal Discovery and Social Media2011
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Auto Law UpdateLimited Tort in Pennsylvania2009