Lisa Scottoline (born July 1, 1955) is an American author of legal thrillers. Her novels have been translated into 25 languages.
Scottoline was born in Philadelphia and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in English. In 1981, she received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School cum laude. She became a litigator at a prestigious law firm in Philadelphia but left the workforce after the birth of her daughter. Initially writing as a way to earn money at home, she has since written 13 bestselling novels, including Final Appeal, which received the 1995 Edgar Award for "Best Paperback Original Mystery," and Moment of Truth, which reached number five on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Scottoline writes a column entitled "Chick Wit" for The Philadelphia Inquirer. A collection of her columns was compiled in a book entitled Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman and published on November 24, 2009. Her next thriller novel, Think Twice, was published in March 2010.