Andrew Alston, Esq.


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I focus my law practice on family law.  I am oriented towards negotiating settlements and amicable resolutions to save clients time, money and emotional distress.  But when that’s not possible, I represent clients as an experienced trial attorney with significant courtroom experience and a track record of trial successes.  I also handle criminal defense, personal injury, estate administration, and other types of matters for individuals.  I have a reputation for compassionate, effective, and honorable advocacy.  I enjoy advocating for the underdog. 

I am an Honors graduate of Gwynedd Mercy University with my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  After taking my Emergency Medical Technician training at Jefferson University Hospital, I was licensed and served in that role. 

I graduated from Temple University, Beasley School of Law.  At Temple Law School, I graduated with Dean’s Honor List recognition and numerous Trial Advocacy and trial performance awards.  During law school, I had the privilege to serve in an intern and extern clerkship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for Federal District Court Chief Judge Juan Sanchez as well as Federal Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice.  

From Temple Law and separately from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, I received awards for my public interest law service. 

After law school, I practiced law at one of the largest criminal defense organizations in Philadelphia where I represented hundreds of clients as lead counsel through all stages of hearings and trials—both bench and jury. 

To continue to refine my courtroom skills, I completed an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy at Temple University, Beasley School of Law.  During the LL.M. Program, I received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Courtroom Presentation and Performance.

I am a member of the Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Code Red Gun Violence Task Force, which is a group of healthcare providers, organizations and individuals who formed a coalition to address gun violence policy in Pennsylvania.

I am a member of the Mazzoni Center's Cooperating Attorney Network as an attorney who is knowledgeable and sensitive to LGBTQ people and their legal needs. As part of this work, I work to reduce the discrimination and other barriers to participation in civic life so that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can contribute fully to their community, and obtain culturally competent and inclusive legal representation in areas of personal injury, criminal defense, wills/estate/probate, and family law.  With culturally competent legal representation, LGBTQ people will not face bias and insensitivity that can happen with less competent providers.

I volunteer my time to speak at continuing legal education and training programs, and I assist pro bono service projects.  Outside of the law and the courtroom, I enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors.

Email me directly at Andrew@MetkaLaw.com