Hon. Karoline Mehalchick


The Honorable Karoline Mehalchick is a United States Magistrate Judge in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, where she was appointed to the bench of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on July 15, 2013. Prior to entering on duty with the court, she was a partner with the law firm of Oliver, Price & Rhodes. At the firm, she developed an extensive trial and appellate practice, and represented a broad range of clients in both state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Her practice included general civil litigation, commercial litigation, education law, civil rights, labor and employment, and personal injury. She is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College of the Pennsylvania State University (1998, B.S. Geosciences), and the Tulane University School of Law (2001, J.D.). After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Trish Corbett, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County. Magistrate Judge Mehalchick was an adjunct professor at Marywood University from 2003 until 2012, where she taught Legal and Clinical Aspects of Health Care to graduate students studying nursing and health administration.

Magistrate Judge Mehalchick has been active in the Federal Bar Association for several years, having served as Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter. Most recently, she was appointed to be one of two Third Circuit Vice Presidents of the Federal Bar Association. She is also a member of the FBA’s Professional Ethics Committee.

In June 2006, Magistrate Judge Mehalchick received the Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award from the PBA. In May 2009, she was the recipient of the Margaret P. Gavin Award, which is presented to an outstanding young lawyer member of the Lackawanna Bar Association who is dedicated to service to the bar and community. She has been selected by her peers as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Finally, in 2012, she was recognized as one of thirty-five Pennsylvania “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer and as a future leader of the state's legal community.