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Melissa A. Scartelli

Medical malpractice Attorney at Scranton, PA

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1988
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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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Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.
411 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA, 18510
Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.
7 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18711
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Posted by Suzanne | May 14, 2015
Melissa Scartelli
Melissa Scartelli and her entire team are extremely hard working. They have given me their time and attention. I was treated like family. She promptly answered all of my questions and concerns, no matter how big or small. I would highly recommend her!
Posted by James | May 13, 2015
Melissa Scartelli is at the top of her profession in medical malpractice.
I hired Melissa to handle the most delicate of cases, the death of my daughter. Not only did she take an interest in my case, she became part of our family. Her attention to our needs as a family and as a client was well beyond what anyone would ever expect. Her professionalism was unmatched by those on the other side of this case and her knowledge base rivaled the medical professionals. Melissa and her staff are competent to handle any case of any size. They did not rest in my case until the truth was known and they spared no expense putting together a TEAM of experts to support the case. You would not be disappointed if you hire Melissa and her firm. They will get you the results you want.
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Posted by Shawn | May 11, 2015
Integrity Focus and Preparedness
Melissa Scartelli commands the highest level of integrity, focus, professionalism and preparedness. Over the 6 years that our case was open, she tenaciously represented our young son, not once allowing time or challenges to stand in the way of the compensation he rightly deserved. I am grateful for the privilege to know her and opportunity to have her represent my family. I highly recommend her and her firm to anyone in search of the highest caliber of legal representation.
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Posted by Beverly | May 7, 2015
Hhghly recommend Melissa and Peter Paul as excellent attourneys
I’ve had the pleasure of doing business with Melissa and Pete who show a genuine respect and compassion for their clients. I find both Melissa and Pete hard-working, , well-organized and personable. I highly recommend their law firm.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Worst lawyer ive ever encountered.
She was slow moving, couldnt do what was needed to be done, i almost lost my leg, she couldnt get a red cent from the other driver. A person behind me said i think she may have been over the yellow line??? THERE IS NO YELLOW LINE. didnt care enough to check the site out nothing, she dropped me as a client. she did me a favor would notreccomend her to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President / Shareholder
  • Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.
  • 2006 - Present
  • President
  • Scartelli & Distasio Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2006
  • President
  • Scartelli Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, P.C.
  • 1993 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, P.C.
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge S. John Cottone
  • 1987 - 1989
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Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Scranton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • $2,000,000 Medical Malpractice Confidential Settlement; Death of a Child
  • $2,000,000
  • $6,500,000 Automobile Accident; Motorcycle Accident Settlement; Brain Damage
  • $6,500,000
  • $1,000,000 Premises Liability Verdict; Slip and Fall
  • $1,000,000
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Associations

  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers
  • Past President
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  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
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  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Member
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  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Member
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Luzerne County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
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  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
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  • Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Member
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  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
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  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Best Lawyers
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Highest Citizenship Award
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • 2005
  • Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 1987
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Speaking Engagements

  • PBI CLE
  • Trial Tactics, Tips & Techniques
  • 2015
  • PBI Technology Institute 2014
  • Effect of Social Media on Personal Injury Matters in Pennsylvania
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute's CLE
  • Personal Injury 101
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute and NPTL Conference
  • Legal Discovery and Social Media
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute Auto Law Update
  • Limited Tort in Pennsylvania
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Medical malpractice Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!"
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an experienced advocate who fights for the rights of those injured through medical negligence."
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Scranton Medical malpractice Lawyer Melissa A. Scartelli
Melissa A. Scartelli
Medical malpractice Attorney
Scranton, PA
Licensed for 35 years