(PRWEB) May 20, 2013
Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. personal injury firm Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., is pleased to announce that Founder and President Melissa A. Scartelli has been recognized by Thomson Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. She has received this honor each year since 2009.
Scartelli founded the firm in 2001 to protect victims’ rights in malpractice cases and accidents. For more than 20 years, Scartelli has worked to help seriously injured plaintiffs in state and federal courts of Pennsylvania. She handles 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.
For example, Scartelli and firm shareholder and managing partner Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., secured a $550,000 jury verdict for a 79-year-old woman whose lung cancer diagnosis was delayed by 23 months. The medical malpractice verdict may be the largest in Lackawanna County for an elderly patient (Lackawanna County NO. 3387 – CIVIL – 2009). Scartelli and Olszewski also won a $750,000 settlement for the family of an inmate who died at a federal penitentiary (U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 4:10-cv-02603-JEJ). In multiple medical malpractice cases, the two personal injury lawyers have won settlements exceeding $1 million.
One of only a few female Pennsylvania attorneys to achieve the exclusive Civil Trial Advocate certification, Scartelli is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She served as President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, she has served as a director on the board of the Lackawanna Bar Association and is a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association’s Social Committee. In 2005, she received the Pennsylvania State Police’s Highest Citizenship Award.
Both bar associations and courts across the United States have recognized the legitimacy of the Super Lawyers selection process. In fact, in a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, the court stated, “[The Super Lawyers selection process] is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field."
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers is a record of outstanding lawyers who, through a meticulous peer review and independent research process, have been identified as attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only the top 5 percent of Pennsylvania lawyers and the top 2.5 percent of up-and-coming Pennsylvania lawyers appear on the credible, comprehensive and diverse Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
About Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.: Founded in 2001, Scartelli Olszewski handles a range of complex matters on behalf of accident victims, malpractice victims and other injured individuals and their families. The firm also represents criminal defendants. Practice areas include automobile accidents, auto defects, construction and workplace accidents, criminal defense, defective drugs and medical devices, insurance bad faith, liquor liability, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, premises liability, product liability, professional liability and psychiatric malpractice. Scartelli Olszewski is small enough to care yet large enough to win for their clients in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., region. To learn more about the firm, visit http://www.scartelli.com.