Attorney Melissa Scartelli Speaks on the Effect of Social Media on Personal Injury Matters in Pennsylvania

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Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., personal injury lawyer to address attorneys at PBI Technology Institute

Melissa A. Scartelli, Esq.

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. personal injury attorney Melissa A. Scartelli, founder and president of Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., will present “How to Handle a Client’s Use of Social Media” at the Philadelphia Bar Institute’s 2014 Technology Institute on June 11 in Philadelphia. The PBI Technology Institute is a full-day, 6-credit CLE program including ethics and will be simulcast in Allentown, Butler, Mechanicsburg, Norristown, Pittsburgh and Plymouth Meeting, Pa. To register, go to

The program will address the many issues that arise during litigation as a result of the widespread use of social media. Topics will include: what lawyers should tell clients about their continuing use of social media during personal injury litigation proceedings including medical malpractice and auto accidents; the risks of clients continuing to use social media against their attorney’s advice; and how social media can be used to discover information about the opposing party as part of the ligation process.

Scartelli has been representing seriously injured plaintiffs in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. She handles a range of complex matters on behalf of accident victims, malpractice victims and other injured individuals and their families. Her areas of practice include automobile accidents, auto defects, construction and workplace accidents, defective drugs and medical devices, insurance bad faith, liquor liability, Pennsylvania medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, premises liability, product liability, professional liability and psychiatric malpractice. Scartelli has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer®, an honor she has received each year since 2009. Scartelli is one of only a few female Pennsylvania attorneys to achieve the exclusive Civil Trial Advocate certification, and is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She served as President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 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.

Additional PBI Technology Institute topics include Trial and Litigation Technologies; Jurors’ Response to Technology; Mobility and Cloud Computing; Social Media, Marketing and Ethics; The Paperless Office; Attorney Billing Systems; CRM and Integration; Intellectual Property; Contractual Issues with Online Agreements; and Document Retention and eDiscovery.

About Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.: Founded in 2001, Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. handles personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of auto and truck accident victims, malpractice victims and other injured individuals and their families, as well as criminal defense. Practice areas include medical malpractice, automobile accidents, tractor trailer accidents, auto defects, criminal defense, defective drugs and medical devices, insurance bad faith, liquor liability, nursing home negligence, premises liability, and product liability. 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

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