The Honorable Lori K. Serratelli recently concluded her judicial appointment to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas on January 1, 2018, after practicing family law, employment law, Orphan’s court matters, and civil litigation for 38 years. She founded and served as president of Serratelli, Schiffman and Brown, P.C. from 1980 through 2016 when she was appointed and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to fill a vacancy on the family law division. She also presided over Orphan’s Court, Protection from Abuse Court, Naturalization Court, civil litigation and miscellaneous criminal matters during her appointment.
She now brings decades of practice in her concentrations of family, employment and civil litigation along with her judicial experience to continue to help people in conflict to resolve their disputes either by mediation or arbitration.
Judge Serratelli is a member of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators and is trained in family and civil mediation. She has represented scores of individuals in federal court mediation successfully settling employment discrimination claims.
As a practicing attorney and former judge, she firmly believes that every attempt should be made to allow the litigants to reach their own resolution rather than have one imposed upon them. However, she also recognized that there are some disputes which cannot be resolved without a third party ultimately making the decision. She is eminently qualified to provide both forms of dispute resolution as an alternative to litigating in court which can move very slowly and cost the litigants a great deal in attorneys fee’s and costs.