Lisa Scottoline graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1976. Her B.A. degree was in English with a concentration in the Contemporary American Novel, and she was taught by professors such as National Book Award Winner Philip Roth. Lisa then graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981, where she served as an Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Legal Career

Lisa began her legal career with a clerkship for President Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. When the clerkship ended, she joined Dechert, Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia as an associate. In 1986, she left the firm to raise her newborn daughter and began writing legal fiction part-time. In 1994, Scottoline re-entered the legal world as an administrative law clerk to Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, while beginning a new career as a fiction author, with the publication of her first novel.

Writing Career and Books

Lisa’s writing career began with her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers. The novel became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. Lisa’s second novel, Final Appeal, was also nominated for and received an Edgar Award. Since then she has written 32 novels, all of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Lisa and her daughter Francesca also write a Sunday humor column, Chick Wit, for the Philadelphia Inquirer. These stories have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of books including the most recent, I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses. Scottoline presently has 30 million copies in print in the United States, not including audio, e-book and various large print editions. Internationally, Lisa is published in 35 countries. A list of her books in chronological order is: Everywhere That Mary Went (1994); Final Appeal (1995); Running From the Law (1996); Legal Tender (1997); Rough Justice (1998); Mistaken Identity (1999); Moment of Truth (2000); The Vendetta Defense (2001); Courting Trouble (2002); Dead Ringer (2003); Killer Smile (2004); Devil’s Corner (2005); Dirty Blonde (2006), Daddy’s Girl (2007), Look Again (2009), Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog (2009), Think Twice (2010), My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space (2010), Save Me (2011), Best Friends, Occasional Enemies (2011), Come Home (2012), Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim (2012), Don’t Go (2013), Accused (2013), Keep Quiet (2014), Have a Nice Guilt Trip (2014), Betrayed (2014), Every Fifteen Minutes (2015), Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat (2015), Corrupted (2015), Most Wanted (2016), I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (2016), Damaged (2016), One Perfect Lie (2017), I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool (2017), Exposed (2017), After Anna (2018), I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses (2018), and Feared (2018).

Lisa also joined the faculty as a visiting professor at The University of Pennsylvania Law School to teach a course she created entitled “Justice and Fiction.”

Additional Short Publications

Murder is my Racquet, Mysterious Press (June, 2005)

A Century of Great Suspense Stories, Berkley Prime Crime (2001).

Naked Came the Phoenix, St. Martin’s Press, a mystery anthology to support Breast Cancer Awareness (2001)

Legal Briefs, Ballantine Books, a legal anthology to support The Nature Conservancy (1998)

“Civil Rights Attorneys’ Fees in Cases Resolved on State Pendent and Federal Statutory Grounds,” 130 U.Pa.L.Rev. 488 (1981)

In the Shadow of The Master, (2008); Lisa wrote a chapter of this anthology tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, proceeds to benefit the Mystery Writers of America

The Chopin Manuscript (Winner, Audiobook of the Year); Lisa wrote a chapter of this serial novel, proceeds to benefit the International Thriller Writers Association

The Copper Bracelet (2009), Lisa wrote a chapter of this serial novel, proceeds to benefit the International Thriller Writers Association

Awards and Distinctions

Edgar Award, Winner, (1995) and Nominee (1994), awarded by the Mystery Writers of America

Named “PW Innovator,” by Publishers Weekly Magazine, April 2004

“Fun Fearless Female” Award from Cosmopolitan Magazine, 2004, for embodying independent women in the creative arts

Paving the Way Award, University of Pennsylvania, Women in Business

il Leone Di San Marco Award, Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of New York, May 2005, for promoting positive images of Italian-Americans

Distinguished Author Award, Weinberg Library at the University of Scranton.

Annual featured guest teacher at SEAK, a national legal-fiction writing seminar.

One of six best-selling authors chosen for Diet Coke’s literacy promotion.

Education and Law

Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree granted by West Chester University, Pennsylvania, 2004

Leo Goodwin, Sr. Professor of Law and Popular Culture, Nova Southeastern Law School, 2002

Henry Loughlin Prize for Legal Ethics, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981


Served as the President of Mystery Writers of America

Serves on the Board of Directors of the National Italian American Foundation

Serves on the Board of Directors of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

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