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Peter Paul Olszewski Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Scranton, PA

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  • Licensed for 39 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1984
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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I defend people who have been charged with crimes in Pennsylvania after having served as the District Attorney of Luzerne County and as a Luzerne County Court of Common Please Judge. I am Capital Case Certified to defend people charged with first degree homicide. I also handle assault, burglary, theft, robbery, drug crimes, murder, juvenile offenses, sex crimes and weapons offenses.

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Medical malpractice
    I represent medical malpractice victims and their loved ones in numerous areas of malpractice, including: anesthesia errors, birth trauma / birth injuries, cancer cases, diagnosis delay / misdiagnosis / failure to diagnose, doctor and hospital mistakes and infections, emergency room negligence, federal tort claims act (FTCA) cases against the U.S. veterans administration, impaired physician, medication errors, obstetrical and gynecological malpractice, orthopedic malpractice, plastic surgery, ps

    39 years, 100 cases

  3. Personal injury
    I represent victims and their families in many types of personal injury cases including automobile accidents and truck accidents, dog bites, dram shop and liquor liability, electrocution, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, pharmacy errors, product liability, defective products and premises liability.

    39 years, 100 cases

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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Posted by LE | May 8, 2015
First class criminal defense attorney
I feel compelled to write this review of Attorney Olszewski because during his handling of my case, I came to realize that he is intelligent, knowledgeable of the law, excellent in a courtroom setting and most importantly, compassionate and understanding. My case, unfortunately, was criminal in nature and I found it reassuring that Attorney Olszewski not only didn't judge me, he cared about me. He utilized his vast and accurate knowledge to not only fight for my rights but secure a favorable outcome within the confines of the law. Additionally, he was attentive and prompt in dealing with the details of my case and responding to my questions/concerns. I would strongly recommend Attorney Olszewski to anyone seeking professional legal representation. He will not disappoint !!
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Posted by Jeffrey | May 7, 2015
Determined, Principled, and Extremely Knowledgable
After an untimely death occurred in my family I needed to find an attorney who would be willing to take on the responsibility of finding out what had happened to my brother. After interviewing with other attorneys I new immediately when I sat down with Peter Paul Olszewski he was the right person for the job. Pete was very welcoming, comforting, and focused right from the start. Pete brought to the table a life committed to legal excellence. Having been a District Attorney and County Judge his credentials were impeccable. Through the process of finding out what had happened in my brothers death Attorney Olszewski was determined and focused unlike any other individual I have ever worked with. Pete left no stone unturned in the search for the truth. If not for his tireless determination and positive attitude I would have never found out what had happened the night my brother passed away. He not only gave me the peace I was searching for but the satisfaction of knowing that the people who had been negligent were exposed and financially punished. For this I am forever grateful. Should you need a person who will fight doggedly on your behalf I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Olszewski. Thanks Pete!
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder & Managing Partner
  • Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Judge
  • Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County
  • 2000 - 2009
  • District Attorney
  • Luzerne County
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Solicitor
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Police Lodges
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Luzerne County
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Pennsylvania State Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Frank Albert Memorial Lodge 43
  • 1985 - 1991
  • Principal
  • Peter P. Olszewski Attorney At Law
  • 1984 - 1986
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  • Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1984
  • Pennsylvania State University, Abington
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • $2,000,000 Defective Medical Device Settlement; Wrongful Death
  • $2,000,000 Settlement
  • Nursing Home Negligence Wrongful Death
  • Settled
  • Homicide Charge Dismissed
  • Homicide charge dismissed
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  • Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation
  • •Vice-Chairman of Operations
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
  • Criminal Law Committee Co-Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Anthracite Golf Association
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Luzerne County Heroin Task Force
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Luzerne County Bar Association Foundation
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America-Eastern Division
  • 1981 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Pennsylvania Council
  • Board Membership
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Pennsylvania Council
  • President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Pennsylvania State Police Troop “P” Camp Cadet
  • Board Member
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Luzerne County Highway Safety
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Pennsylvania Council
  • Executive Board Member & Vice President
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Luzerne County District Attorney Committee on Youth and Violence
  • Member
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Wilkes-Barre Lodge 109
  • Exalted Ruler
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Wilkes-Barre YMCA
  • Board Member
  • 1990 - 2000
  • Victims Resource Center
  • 1989 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Best Lawyers
  • U.S.News and World Report
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firm - Personal Injury
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016
  • Capital Case Certified
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • 2015
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2014
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Special Commendation
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • 2000
  • William T. Mulligan/Edward J. Schrode Memorial Award
  • Wilkes-Barre City Police
  • 1999
  • Special Recognition for Outstanding Work
  • Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association
  • 1998
  • Silver Beaver Award
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1995
  • Community Service Award
  • NAACP Wilkes-Barre Branch
  • 1993
  • Outstanding Alumni Award
  • The Dickinson School of Law
  • 1992
  • Honorary Lifetime Member
  • Pennsylvania State Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Frank Albert Memorial Lodge 43
  • 1990
  • Lifetime Membership
  • Victims Resource Center
  • 1972
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1972
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter Paul is an experienced advocate who fights for the rights of those injured through medical negligence."
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Scranton Criminal defense Lawyer Peter Paul Olszewski Jr.
Peter Paul Olszewski Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Scranton, PA
Licensed for 39 years