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A shareholder and managing partner with Scartelli Olszewski, Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr. brings a unique blend of more than 30 years of litigation experience to the firm. Currently focusing his practice on criminal defense, medical malpractice and personal injury matters, Peter has previously served as District Attorney of Luzerne County and a Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge. During his tenure as district attorney, Peter tried 18 jury trials to verdict, including seven first-degree murder verdicts. As a common pleas judge, he tried more than 180 criminal jury trials, including five capital homicide trials, and was named Criminal Court Administrator. Prior to presiding over both criminal and civil jury trials, Peter served in the court’s family division and handled equity and civil non-jury trials. Now a private practitioner, he is Capital Case Certified. 


Before being elected district attorney in 1992 and, later, a common pleas judge in 2000, Peter was engaged in private practice, handling criminal, civil and family law trials throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. He served as solicitor to the Pennsylvania Conference of State Police Lodges and assistant solicitor to the Pennsylvania State Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Frank Albert Memorial Lodge no. 43. Prior to being elected Judge, Peter was certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Criminal Trial Specialist in recognition of excellence in the trial of complex criminal cases. 


A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Peter is a strong believer in giving back to the legal and larger communities. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association Criminal Law Committee and sits on the board of the Anthracite Golf Association, which promotes the game of golf for young people and adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is an Eagle Scout and a past President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a founding member of the District Attorney’s Committee on Youth and Violence and the Luzerne County Heroin Task Force. Among numerous additional professional and community affiliations, Peter is a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Wilkes-Barre Lodge 109, a member of and scripture reader at St. Frances Cabrini Church, Carverton, and a former Alumni Trustee of The Dickinson School of Law. 


Peter is admitted to practice before all of Pennsylvania’s state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a 1984 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law. A resident of Dallas, Pa., Peter enjoys golfing, archery hunting and spending time with his daughter, Rachel. He enjoys working along side his wife, attorney Melissa Scartelli, who is the founder and President of Scartelli Olszewski.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    32 years, 100 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    32 years, 100 cases


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  • Gina Furia Rubel

    I have known Peter Paul Olszewski for many years. He is a passionate attorney who zealously advocates for the rights of his clients. In fact, Peter has served as a district attorney and as a judge and is not Capital Case Certified to work with defendants in death penalty cases in Pennsylvania.


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  • Craig Paul Kalinoski

    Peter Paul is an experienced advocate who fights for the rights of those injured through medical negligence.


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Contact info

Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.

411 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA, 18510


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law Firm - Personal InjuryU.S. News & World Report2016
Capital Case CertifiedSupreme Court of Pennsylvania2015
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2015
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Pennsylvania Super LawyersPennsylvania Super Lawyers2014
Million Dollar Advocates Forum MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Million Dollar Advocates Forum MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Special CommendationPennsylvania State Police2000
William T. Mulligan/Edward J. Schrode Memorial AwardWilkes-Barre City Police1999
Special Recognition for Outstanding WorkPennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association1998
Silver Beaver AwardBoy Scouts of America1995
Community Service AwardNAACP Wilkes-Barre Branch1993
Outstanding Alumni AwardThe Dickinson School of Law1992
Honorary Lifetime MemberPennsylvania State Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Frank Albert Memorial Lodge 431990
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1972
Lifetime MembershipVictims Resource Center1972
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder & Managing PartnerScartelli Olszewski, P.C.2010 - Present
JudgeCourt of Common Pleas of Luzerne County2000 - 2009
District AttorneyLuzerne County1992 - 1999
SolicitorPennsylvania Conference of State Police Lodges1990 - 1991
Assistant District AttorneyLuzerne County1986 - 1987
Assistant SolicitorPennsylvania State Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Frank Albert Memorial Lodge 431985 - 1991
PrincipalPeter P. Olszewski Attorney At Law1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation•Vice-Chairman of Operations2014 - Present
Wilkes-Barre Law & Library AssociationCriminal Law Committee Co-Chair2010 - Present
Anthracite Golf AssociationBoard Member2006 - Present
Luzerne County Heroin Task ForceMember2000 - Present
Luzerne County Bar Association FoundationMember1984 - Present
Professional Ski Instructors of America-Eastern DivisionN/A1981 - Present
Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Pennsylvania CouncilBoard Membership2003 - 2006
Pennsylvania State Police Troop “P” Camp CadetBoard Member2001 - 2008
Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Pennsylvania CouncilPresident2001 - 2002
Luzerne County Highway SafetyAdvisory Board Member2000 - 2008
Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Pennsylvania CouncilExecutive Board Member & Vice President1999 - 2001
Luzerne County District Attorney Committee on Youth and ViolenceMember1992 - 1999
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Wilkes-Barre Lodge 109Exalted Ruler1990 - 1991
Wilkes-Barre YMCABoard Member1990 - 2000
Victims Resource CenterN/A1989 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$2,000,000 Defective Medical Device Settlement; Wrongful Death$2,000,000 Settlement
Nursing Home Negligence Wrongful DeathSettled
Homicide Charge DismissedHomicide charge dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate1984
Pennsylvania State University, AbingtonN/ABachelor of Arts1981