John C. Scialabba

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John C. Scialabba is an Associate Attorney at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. He focuses his practice in the areas of family law, adoption, civil litigation, and criminal defense.

John is a 2017 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While attending Pitt, John was a member of the mock trial team, where he contributed to multiple victories at tournaments nation-wide.  He also served as the President of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation, a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization that awards scholarships to students who are committed to helping individuals and communities traditionally underserved by the legal profession. John also served as a research assistant to Professor John P. Cerone investigating and researching alleged human rights violations in support of a complaint submitted to the United Nations’ Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. John’s success in the classroom also earned him a position as a legal analysis and writing teaching assistant for the Law School.

During law school, John traveled to Eldoret, Kenya where he externed at the Legal Aid Center of Eldoret (LACE). While at LACE he assisted in providing pro bono legal services to indigent persons who were dealing with the legal challenges associated with HIV/AIDS. During his time in Kenya he drafted pleadings and responses, affidavits, child support contracts, and motions as well as conducted mediations between clients who had disputes over land succession matters. John also helped facilitate various adoptions of homeless children while working at LACE.

Additionally, John gained significant criminal defense knowledge during an externship with the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office where he developed cases from intake through resolution, including conducting client interviews and factual investigations, generating cohesive case theories and strategies, and utilizing interdisciplinary consultations. John also prepared prisoner’s rights cases and argued preliminary hearings in front of the United States District Magistrate.

John further broadened his skills by completing an externship at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania where he handled and addressed issues concerning veteran’s health care issues, medical malpractice, fraud, and various criminal matters.

Prior to law school, John worked for the New York City Department of Education as a High School Anatomy and Physiology, and Living Environment Teacher in Jamaica, Queens while simultaneously earning his Masters Degree from Pace University in Manhattan.

John started with SMGG in the summer of 2016 as a Law Clerk and was offered a post graduate position prior to graduation.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Habitat for Humanity

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Recognition & Awards

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Pro Bono Service Recognition Award

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Community Service Award


  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S., Pace University
  • B.S., Saint Vincent College


  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania