John C. Scialabba is an associate attorney at Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC practicing in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody and support. He is collaboratively trained and holds a certificate in collaborative law from the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
A native of the area, John returned to western Pennsylvania to pursue a career in law after simultaneously earning a master’s degree in adolescent education and working for two years as a high school science teacher in New York City. While teaching, he created an after-school credit recovery program to enable at-risk students to earn enough credits to graduate. This experience helping young people at a pivotal time in their lives shaped the way he practices law; listening and guiding clients from all walks of life through some of their most challenging times.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, John was honored with many prestigious awards including the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Pro Bono Service Recognition Award and Community Service Award, the Nordenberg Fellowship and the Judge Amy Hay Scholar Award.
During law school, he served as a legal extern for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Office of the Public Defender of Allegheny County. He prepared prisoner’s rights cases and argued preliminary hearings in front of the United States District Magistrate, was a teaching assistant for first year law students, and was a research assistant supporting a claim filed with the United Nation’s Committee on Eliminating Discrimination Against Women. He gained valuable experience at the Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret, Kenya, assisting clients with gender-based violence prosecutions, family defamation cases for individuals with HIV/AIDS and family land succession disputes. He also was instrumental in facilitating adoptions of homeless children in Kenya.
John joined Pollock Begg from a regional mid-size law firm where he was a summer associate and law clerk before transitioning to an associate position focusing on family law, adoptions, litigation, employment law and criminal defense. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the Western District of the United States District Court and maintains active membership in the Allegheny County Bar, Pennsylvania Bar and American Bar associations as well as the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
John is an avid runner with half marathons under his belt. He also enjoys traveling with some of his more memorable visits including Kenya, Brazil, Italy, Colombia, Iceland, Amsterdam and Bermuda.