Scranton Attorney Melissa Scartelli to Present at “Civil Litigation Developments 2011” CLE Seminar on August 24, 2011

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Northeastern Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer to Educate Attorneys about Social Media Discovery

Melissa A. Scartelli, Esq.

Melissa A. Scartelli, a Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. personal injury attorney, will present a “Social Media Discovery” continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on August 24, 2011 as part of a larger program offered by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.

The president and founder of Scartelli, Distasio & Kowalski, P.C., Scartelli will address the topics of discovery and social media during the CLE program at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Registration for the day will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the first program will begin at 1 p.m. One ethics and two substantive credits will be offered to participants; the cost for the program is $175 for lawyers, $50 for paralegals, and $25 for claim representatives and risk managers. To register, go to http://www.padefense.org.

Scartelli founded the law firm of Scartelli, Distasio & Kowalski, P.C. in 2001 to protect the rights of accident and malpractice victims. Today, the firm’s attorneys provide personal injury and criminal defense services to clients in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre regions of Pennsylvania. Scartelli’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.

In April 2011, Scartelli, with Scartelli, Distasio & Kowalski Shareholder and Managing Partner Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., secured a $550,000 jury verdict in a medical malpractice case brought by a 79-year-old woman who suffered a 23-month delay in the diagnosis of her lung cancer (Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County, 3387-CIVIL - 2009). The verdict may be the largest verdict for an elderly patient in Lackawanna County history. Scartelli previously secured the largest recorded verdict in Luzerne County on behalf of an elderly patient when a jury awarded $970,000 to a then-91-year-old woman, who fell from a hospital bed.

A leader within her profession, Scartelli has been recognized as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She has served on the Lackawanna Bar Association Board of Directors, sits on the Social Committee of the Luzerne County Bar Association and has served as President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. She has also been recognized by Thomas Reuters, published annually in Philadelphia magazine, as a 2009, 2010 and 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer®. In 2005, Scartelli received the Pennsylvania State Police’s Highest Citizenship Award.

About Scartelli, Distasio & Kowalski, P.C.: Scartelli, Distasio & Kowalski, P.C. was founded in 2001. The firm 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, Distasio & Kowalski 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.sdklawfirm.com.

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