Attorney Melissa Scartelli has been known to take large and small cases, for young and older clients, depending on how passionate the cause behind the case. “Some causes need to be brought forward regardless of profitability. I feel the need to stand for those causes and for what is right,” she explained. Scartelli is among the few female trial lawyers who have achieved board certification from the National Board of Trial Advocates.
As president and CEO of Scartelli Olszewski PC, she is lead lawyer on all civil jury trials in her office. She is involved in all aspects of her business and ensures that “all our lawyers participate in continuing legal education and all administrative staff stay abreast of advances in technology and best practices” she explained.
Scartelli is a graduate of Scranton Prep, holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a law degree from Dickinson School of Law. She was granted the International Academy of Trial Lawyers award at graduation for her performance at Trial Moot Court. Her mentors have included Dean Gary Gildin, of Penn State Dickinson Law School. “Dean Gildin is not only a legal scholar but also a trial lawyer who mastered the art of trial advocacy. He instilled in me a passion to become a trial lawyer,” she explained. While acting as law clerk for the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, the Hon. S. John Cottone became another mentor who taught her that justice is truly blind and that the law must be applied fairly and without regard to race, religion, socio-economic background, politics and friendships.
The slogan of Scartelli Olszewski PC is “Small Enough to Care, Large Enough to Win.” “In putting the interests of clients first, I have discovered that success flows naturally,” she said, adding that her late father, Edward R. Scartelli, prodded her to be fearless in achieving her goals. She represents injured victims of accidents and medical malpractice and is known to be fearless in and out of the courtroom. On Sept. 11, 2005, Scartelli received the Outstanding Citizenship Award from the Pennsylvania State Police, in recognition of her rescue of three victims from an overturned boat on Lake Wallenpaupack.
Recently, she has been asked to become a member of the Board of Overseers at Penn State Dickinson Law School. “I am excited and honored to help shape future lawyers,” she said.
She has also been nominated a Super Lawyer for many years and is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum for Trial Lawyers in America. She is a past president of the Northeast Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.