»Attorney Jay A. Scherline
In Memoriam 1950-2012
Attorney Jay A. Scherline founded the Law Offices of Scherline and Associates in 1976 and had concentrated his practice on representing injured victims throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York for over thirty years. Unfortunately, Jay Scherline passed away on December 31st, 2012, but his memory lives on, and the attorneys at Scherline & Associates remain commited to giving their clients the best legal representation possible.
Prior to his passing, Atty. Scherline was admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York Courts, and before the United States Supreme Court. After graduating with a degree in business, Atty. Scherline received his law degree from Vermont Law School where he served on the Student Judiciary. A former member of the Lehigh County (Past President), Northampton County, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and American Bar Associations, Atty. Scherline was also a State and Federal Court-Appointed Arbitrator and Mediator and was admitted to the Federal Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition, Atty. Scherline was a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA), the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and New Jersey Association for Justice. Attorney Scherline was also a member of the Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyer Association.
Atty. Scherline was an experienced trial lawyer who had effectively represented thousands of serious personal injury matters. He had been named in Newsweek Magazine as one of the Top Trial Lawyers in the country, Lehigh Valley Magazine's Best Personal Injury Lawyer, and one of Pennsylvania's Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, Atty. Scherline was named Best Attorney by the Morning Call Reader's Choice (2009), and Lehigh Valley Lawyer's Who's Who. He was also a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
A true humanitarian, Atty. Scherline was involved in many organizations including the Minsi Trails Council's Learning for Life career awareness program (Chair), B'nai B'rith Senior Citizen Housing Corporation (Board of Directors), Jewish Family Service (Director) and Citizens for a Better Allentown (Founder). Atty. Scherline's involvement in the community made him the recipient of many awards including the Spirit of Partnership Award from Big Brothers and Sisters, "Legal Eagle" Award from the Bar Association of Lehigh County, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, "Human Relations Award" from the Allentown Human Relations Commission, and American Hero for Arthritis award (1998), Philanthropist of the Year award (2001), and National Volunteer Service Citation (2009) from the Arthritis Foundation, the Mover's and Shaper's Award, Who's Who in American Law, United States President's Volunteer Service Award (2005, 2010), Silver Beaver Award from the Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America (2011), Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal's Spotlight Award for Prominent Business Executives, and many other recognitions.
In addition to his philanthropic work, Atty. Scherline had written multiple articles on topics such as community service ("An Attorney's Civic Duty, Giving Back to the Community" published in Marketing Legal Services Committee's Committee Update, a publication of the ABA General Practice Section), legal balance ("Balance and Practice of Law" for the Pennsylvania Bar Association's PBI Institute), and personal injury ("State Law Regulates Tort Options for Automobile Insurance" published in the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal; "Proper Auto Insurance Protects Your Legal Rights" published in La Cronica newspaper). Atty. Scherline had also lectured at Lehigh University, Lehigh Carbon Community College, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Lehigh and Northampton County Bar Associations, as well as many local churches and synagogues. He had also lectured at numerous local crime watch groups on topics such as automobile insurance law, identity theft and techniques of negotiation.
»Attorney Melissa L. Schwartz
In her 22nd year of practice, Attorney Melissa L. Schwartz focuses her practice on serious personal injury cases at Scherline & Associates in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Atty. Schwartz has been instrumental in the handling of major automobile cases and catastrophic injury claims. Before she joined the firm, Atty. Schwartz practiced civil litigation with Miller & Barkan in Hackensack, NJ and with Kornreich & Harkov in Freehold, NJ. She also practiced personal injury law with Gruhin & Gruhin in Belleville, NJ and medical malpractice defense with Poor & Associates. A member of both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Associations, Atty. Schwartz is admitted to the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the United States District Courts for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She graduated with her business degree from Muhlenberg College in 1981 and then received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1984. Atty. Schwartz regularly helps out as a volunteer at the local soup kitchen for Lehigh County Catholic charities. The mother of two supports her children in their Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. Specifically, Melissa Schwartz is on the speakers panel for Learning for Life as part of the Minsi Trail Boy Scouts. Atty. Schwartz has also lectured extensively throughout the Lehigh Valley as part of the Boy Scouts Career Awareness Program.
»Attorney Edith Rysdyk
Born and raised in New York, Attorney Edith Rysdyk worked in the Suffolk County Attorney's Office from 1983-1988 and was thereafter a partner at Crimmins & Rysdyk, a corporate litigation firm, in Riverhead, NY. Atty. Rysdyk has been with Scherline & Associate since moving to Pennsylvania in 1994. Atty. Rysdyk's practice is limited to personal injury, including cases involving automobile accidents, slip and falls, and dog bites. Atty. Rysdyk is a member of the New York and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. After graduating with her undergraduate degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1979, she received her law degree from Vermont Law School in 1982. As well as being a court appointed arbitrator, Atty. Rysdyk has been involved in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and mediations including serious automobile accidents, catastrophic injury claims, and wrongful death claims. Atty. Rysdyk has also lectured for the Bar Association of Lehigh County on automobile accident claims and slip and fall matters.
Atty. Rysdyk was the attorney for the plaintiff in the breach of contract and bad faith claim of Atiyeh v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company decided in the United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The court decided that the insurance company and its independent medical evaluation of the plaintiff lacked a reasonable basis for discontinuing the plaintiff's first party benefits. An arbitration resulted in the award of benefits for the injured claimant.
Outside of the firm, Atty. Rysdyk has volunteered for the local soup kitchen, cancer society and other community events. Atty. Rysdyk is also involved in the Vizsla Club of Greater New York and the Allentown Dog Training Club and enjoys dog training and competition in her free time.
»Attorney Mark D. Crossley
Following graduation from Penn State University with a degree in Administration
of Justice, Mark attended paralegal school and began his legal career as a paralegal
with Peter J. Karoly & Associates, a personal injury and medical malpractice
litigation firm in Allentown. Mark enjoyed the practice of law and litigation so
much that he decided to go to law school, and attended Quinnipiac University
School of Law. Showing his tenacity for the practice of law, Mark completed law
school in two and one-half years, while still participating in school activities
including the Moot Court Honor Society, Mock Trial Society, Phi Delta Phi
International Legal Honors Fraternity, Student Bar Association Delegate and the
Rugby Team. He also continued to work as a law clerk at Peter J. Karoly &
Associates during his law school tenure.
After graduating law school in 1995, Mark returned to Allentown and
distinguished himself as a tough negotiator and litigator, concentrating his efforts
in the personal injury and auto collision areas. Through his work at Peter J. Karoly
& Associates and Eidelman Crossley, LLC, Mark has personally been responsible
for over $10 million dollars in settlements and verdicts in the past fifteen years,
including individual cases in excess of $1 million dollars.
He has also been appointed to serve as an Arbitrator in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, where he hears evidence and decides cases. In 2011, Mark Crossley joined Scherline & Associates and continues to represent victims involved in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites and worker's compensation. While Mark earns his reputation in the courtroom, he also believes in community service. Mark serves as a Lieutenant in the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department and also serves as the President of that organization and Treasurer for the Fireman's Relief Association. He has numerous state certifications in firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services. He also serves as President of the board of directors for Tarsus Corporation, a non-profit organization benefiting senior citizens and as President of the Fleetwood Area Youth Football and Cheerleading Association, helping with youth football and cheering and serving as an assistant coach. Mark is also active with the Boy Scouts. Mark is married and has four children. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Federal District Courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a member of the Lehigh County and
Pennsylvania Bar Associations; and is also a longstanding member of the
Pennsylvania Association for Justice.