Mr. Scalzo is the Circuit Public Defender for the 13th Judicial Circuit, which includes Greenville and Pickens Counties. Mr. Scalzo began as an assistant public defender in the Greenville County Public Defender Office in 2002 and was made Deputy Public Defender in 2008. He became the 13th Circuit Public Defender on February 1, 2018.

In August of 2011, Mr. Scalzo was appointed by the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense to act as Interim Circuit Defender for the 10th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office, where he managed the Public Defender Offices in Anderson County and Oconee County.

Mr. Scalzo returned to the Greenville Public Defender Office as Deputy Public Defender in February of 2013.

Mr. Scalzo represents indigent clients charged with crimes. He has tried cases in Circuit, Family, and Magistrate court, and has argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. He has represented clients in prosecutions for a wide variety of crimes from drug offenses and property crimes, to domestic violence, sexual assaults, and murder, including capital murder.

Mr. Scalzo was president of the South Carolina Public Defender Association from 2008 to 2014. He frequently represented the association’s interests before the S.C. Legislature and as amicus curiae before the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Mr. Scalzo is a graduate of Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2002. He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court as well as the Greenville County Bar. Mr. Scalzo has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court to be Lead Counsel in Death Penalty Cases.