Asteak has been on a lifelong passionate quest in the
search for justice. Whether it be in criminal court, divorce
court, or the Supreme Court, arguing with insurance adjusters,
pleading with zoning hearing boards, or just talking common
sense to a jury, Asteak has never lost sight of that mission.
Born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and educated in the Easton
Area School District, he graduated Franklin & Marshall
College in 1971 and Dickinson School of Law in 1974.
studied in Bologna, Italy, at the John Hopkins School
of International Studies, and traveled the world, he returned
home in the Fall of 1974, finding the grass no greener
anywhere else, to set up practice and raise a family.
Over the years, he has served on
the Board of Directors and as Solicitor to many community-based
organizations, among them Lehigh Valley Legal Services,
Easton Area Neighborhood Center, Easton Elks Lodge, Liberty
Hose Fire Company, Klecknersville Rangers, Bushkill Township
Fire Company, and others.
Asteak has focused a great deal of attention and service
to the legal profession and those he serves. He is Past
President of the Northhampton Country Bar Association,
Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania, and Lehigh
Valley Legal Services. He currently serves on the Board
of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers, and has served as a member of the House
of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
He is also an active member of the Clinton Budd Palmer
American Inn of Courts and the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Having learned a lesson or two over his many years at
the Bar, Asteak regularly conducts seminars and teaches
courses on criminal law, trial tactics and strategies,
and 21st Century litigation at the local, state, and national
level. He has served as course planner for the Pennsylvania
Bar Institute Annual Criminal Law Symposium, and been
on the faculty and lectured at programs sponsored by Dickinson
School of Law, Northampton Area Community College, National
Association of Sentencing Advocates, Pennsylvania Bar
Institute, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers, Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania,
and the Northampton County Bar Association. He was the
founder and project director of an annual Public Defender
Trial Skills Training Program funded through a grant by
the Pennsylvania Commission on Crimes and Delinquency.
For whatever is it worth, he is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.
The Martindale-Hubbell AV rating indicates very high to
preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards
as established by confidential opinions from members of