Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. personal injury lawyer Melissa A. Scartelli of Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. will speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 19th Annual Auto Law Update, a four-credit CLE, at the Hilton Conference Center in Scranton.
Scartelli, a Pennsylvania accident attorney, will address unique tips in deposing independent and expert witnesses. She will discuss all aspects of handling proper witness depositions in relation to an automobile accident including procedural aspects of working with independent witnesses, contact with witnesses, strategies regarding the manner and method of questioning, impeachment, general rules when dealing with expert witnesses and the use of incident videos when deposing fact witnesses. To learn more about or to register for the CLE, visit www.pbi.org.
"Pennsylvania automobile law is constantly evolving and new issues continue to crop up – especially regarding trial practice," said Scartelli. "In order to continue to provide exemplary legal services to ones clients, it is critical for attorneys to participate in continuing legal education programs such as the Auto Law Seminar. These substantive programs allow individuals within our profession to remain current with the most recent cases driving court decisions and to share best practices within an educated collaborative environment."
The president of Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., Scartelli founded the law firm in 2001 to protect the rights of accident and malpractice victims. She is widely known for tackling difficult cases that require exceptional effort and creative lawyering. For more than 20 years, Scartelli has handled a wide range of complex personal injury matters on behalf of seriously injured plaintiffs throughout the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania. Her 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.
Scartelli and firm 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. The verdict may be the largest verdict for an elderly patient in Lackawanna County history. Scartelli and Olszewski have won a $750,000 settlement for the family members of a prison inmate who died at the Federal Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa. The Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers have also secured numerous confidential settlements exceeding $1 million in medical malpractice cases.
Scartelli has been certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. She is also one of the select few female Pennsylvania attorneys to achieve Civil Trial Advocate certification, which is granted only to those attorneys who demonstrate an enhanced level of skill and expertise in civil trial advocacy by meeting exacting objective quality standards. 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 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. In 2005, she received the Pennsylvania State Police's Highest Citizenship Award. Scartelli is also a member of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
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.