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Deanna Lyn Istik

Family Attorney at Cranberry Township, PA

4.8   18 reviews

also known as Deanna Liptak

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
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Location

Sinatra & Istik Law Office, PLLC
8050 Rowan Road, Suite 403
Cranberry Township, PA, 16066

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4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Dan | May 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Hired attorney
Deanna Istik was a prepared, professional, and caring attorney. She was thorough, explained everything well, and excellent in the courtroom. I cannot express enough how highly I recommend this firm. Having spoken with attorneys Istik, Thurnher, and Sinatra, they all three are professional and well informed. A+
Posted by Kristina | May 9, 2024
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Phenomenal attorney! Highly recommend!
I had the privilege of being represented by Deanna during my recent custody and child support case, and I can confidently say that she surpassed all of my expectations. From the outset, Deanna exhibited the utmost professionalism, demonstrating a deep understanding of family law and a sincere commitment to advocating for my children’s best interests. Throughout the entire process, Deanna promptly addressed any concerns or questions I had, providing clear and concise explanations that helped me navigate the complexities of the legal system. Her extensive knowledge of family law was evident in her strategic guidance, ensuring that I felt informed and empowered every step of the way. One of Deanna’s most admirable qualities is her unwavering dedication to her clients. She approached each hearing with thorough preparation, always advocating fiercely for my children’s rights. Her determination and persistence never wavered, and I always felt reassured knowing that she was fighting tirelessly on our behalf. What truly sets Deanna apart is her genuine passion for her clients’ well-being. Her empathy and compassion were evident in every interaction, and I always felt supported and understood throughout the entire process. Deanna’s commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for my family was truly remarkable. Without hesitation, I would wholeheartedly recommend Deanna to anyone in need of legal representation. Her exceptional skills, unwavering dedication, and genuine passion for her clients make her an invaluable asset. Thank you, Deanna, for your outstanding representation and for making a positive difference in our lives.
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Posted by Nick | February 20, 2024
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Exceptional legal representation
I recently had the privilege of working with Attorney Istik on a legal matter, and I couldn't be more impressed. From the moment I reached out, her professionalism and expertise were evident. She listened attentively to my concerns, provided clear and concise guidance, and worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for me. Throughout the process, Attorney Istik demonstrated exceptional communication skills, keeping me informed every step of the way and promptly addressing any questions or issues that arose. Her knowledge of the law and dedication to her clients truly sets her apart. I highly recommend their services to anyone in need of top-notch legal representation. Five stars all the way.
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Posted by Brady | February 11, 2024
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Exceeds all expectations
Deanna is the best possible attorney I could have ever hoped to hire for my custody case. She has always been punctual, professional, articulate, OVER-prepared, educated on every little nook and cranny of family law, etc. She has always responded to me extremely quickly, if not immediately, and has walked out of court with a victorious..every single time! After working with Deanna for several months, it's easy to see why she has the phenomenal reputation she has! I would give more than 5 stars if I could! It's always stressful hiring an attorney and shelling out a retainer, hoping for the best. Luckily for me, I had multiple people I know recommend her, and her reputation precedes her. I have had her on retainer since August and she has lived up to every good thing I have heard said about her, every step of the way. No one ever wants to be in a situation and that requires hiring an attorney, but if that's where you're at, Deanna Istik is the best possible investment you could make. I can't express enough how lucky my wife and I feel to have found a rockstar attorney that we now call a friend. Thank you Deanna for everything you have done and continue to do for us! You're worth every penny!
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Posted by Rachel | September 25, 2023
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Turned my whole case around!!
Deanna worked with me on a custody case. A case I was losing terribly due to another attorney promising me things she couldn’t deliver. Deanna stepped in and turned things around for me greatly! I went from being terrified what was going to happen next to getting exactly what I wanted! All within about a month of hiring her! I am thrilled with my outcome and wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. I would absolutely recommend Deanna!
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Posted by Jonathan | June 23, 2023
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Great lawyer
Deanna handled a family matter for me. It was tense and terrifying. She worked hard and efficiently to get us a resolution. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire Deanna again
Posted by Cheryl | May 8, 2023
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Litigation Expert
I hired Deanna for a special case, a Mechanic's Lien that was filed against my business partner, my husband, and myself by a contractor. The contractor was attempting to indicate that we refused to pay his invoices, even though he completed the work. Deanna, through her skilled litigation techniques, proved to the Court that the contractor could not ascertain what invoices, materials, and/or labor was paid for, and that we had a right to withhold payment since the contractor failed to conform to the terms of the contract. The case was initially dismissed against us, until the Contractor filed an appeal. Through her vigorous efforts, Deanna was able to get the appeal dismissed as well! We would absolutely hire Deanna again for all of our needs!
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Posted by Cheryl | May 8, 2023
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Litigation Expert
I hired Deanna for a specific issue regarding a contractor case. A Mechanic’s Lien was filed against my business partner, my husband, and myself regarding non-payment of a contractor for failing to fulfill the terms of a contract. Deanna not only prepared herself well for the hearings and made very strong arguments, but she got the case dismissed against us. The contractor appealed and Deanna was still able to get the appeal dismissed. Deanna is knowledgeable, professional, and all business. You will not be sorry that you hired her!
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2023
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Cranberry Client
Deanna is awesome!! Smart, articulate, knowledgable, experienced and extremely responsive to my needs as her client. She has provided excellent guidance throughout my process. Truly FIVE STAR.
Posted by Richard | November 18, 2022
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Exceptional, Articulate, Inspiring, and a sweet soul..!!
I never had to experience a contested divorce matter before and really didn’t know what to expect and as a 70 yr old professional business owner, I never thought I would have to deal with one…but by God's grace He placed Deanna right where I needed to be. Her boundless desire to put my case as a top priority and prepare each and every detail of my case with precision, it comforted me as I navigated through my journey watching her tactical but fierce passion to provide my desired outcome. My biggest challenge was my current health and she made my life less stressful knowing she had my back and I knew then I was going to be ok..Deanna is a super star and I would highly recommend her…and I’ll be reaching out to her soon to provide some advice for other matters soon for my estate…and lastly…I wouldn’t want anyone else to represent me…well done my friend…!!!
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Posted by Shawn | November 15, 2022
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Excellent
Deanna helped us with a post-nupt agreement that was satisfying for myself and my spouse. She was quick to respond (calls and email) and helped explain the stuff that wasn't always clear to us.
Posted by Philip | November 14, 2022
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Philip
Very good! I don't have too much experience with the law, but she was kind, punctual, took time to explain things. She was kind even when explaining mistakes I made! Very concise language, not a hint of pretension. Easy to work with! As thorough as she was, she also did not waste a second of my time, even when I was confused and unsure! I absolutely recommend Deanna and her firm! I almost wish I could get divorced again just because of how wonderful they were to work with!
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Posted by Jonna | June 6, 2022
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Number One Attorney
DeAnna is the ABSOLUTE best attorney. We have hired her for several issues and she is nothing short of amazing. She’s hard working dedicated and gives her clients 110% at all times. If you want the BEST look no further!!!!
Posted by Michelle | June 6, 2022
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Would give 10 stars if I could!!
Attorney Istik did everything she could to get our money back from a fraudulent business. Communication was excellent and I would highly recommend.
Posted by Cynthia | June 6, 2022
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PA Eminent Domain/Failure To Supply
Deanna assisted me with seeing how to collect funds we were granted from PA DOT during a partial take of our property. This ended up successful. She later guided me in figuring out how to move forward in petitioning PA DOT to award us more then what they initially did. Deanna also initiated and completed getting money returned to me from a company that took money for a product and never produced the product. This case was handled quite professionally and resolved.
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Posted by Jon | June 6, 2022
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Excellent
Deanna represented me in both divorce and child custody proceedings. Never once did I doubt I was in the best possible hands. Phone calls were returned without delay. I'd recommend Deanna for any legal matter.
Posted by Jason | June 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied
Very professional and handled every aspect of my claim flawlessly. I would recommend her services to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2024
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Terrible experience with this attorney in every way possible.
Deanna made an already painful divorce exceptionally long, more stressful, and emotionally and financially draining. I ended up needing another attorney to finish what she had barely started. The other attorney was able to get me a better agreement , and signed within three weeks of meeting me. Attorney Istik made me feel like an inconvenience instead of a paying client. There was a lack of communication and organization. Each time I wanted to speak with her about anything, I would make an appointment for a meeting. At each meeting, I would bring a folder with all my information and documents, along with questions and concerns. Each time, it was like her meeting me for the first time. She didn’t know me or my case. After representing me for over a year, she mentioned in a meeting that she needed look at my file because she still had not been through everything. She would set up phone calls and meetings, only to ghost me on calls and cancel meetings last minute. At one meeting , she put stacks of papers in front of me, told me to go through them and let her know if anything “jumped out at me”. She then left me in the room alone for over an hour to search through documents on my own, that I had no idea what I was looking at. When I brought this up to her, she told me she had other clients paying her a lot of money that she needed to get to. Although I had paid her more than a year of my salary at that point, apparently it wasn’t enough to be a priority client. I was emailed the morning of a deposition to be told it was postponed. I had no knowledge that it was even scheduled that morning because she did not communicate that with me. She was paid in full each month for two years. She continued taking action towards a trial even though I told her I wanted to settle and financially could not continue that route. Then two days before an important milestone in my case was to take place, she emailed and told me I needed to pay my bill or basically she was done with me. I told her I was confused about what I owed, why I owed it and reminded her that I told her on at least two occasions, I was out of finances and needed to settle, but she ignored it. I told her If she would have talked to me and explained what her charges were for, I would have made arrangements to take care of it. She had no communication with me about a bill or what needed paid and when. Instead of giving me the opportunity to understand and take care of what I needed to, she completely discarded me. When I questioned why she was doing this to me, she responded “You work in a dental office, I wouldn’t ask you to pull my teeth for free so you can’t expect me to work for nothing “. I was completely devastated and shocked at how she spoke to me. She kept me waiting, confused and feeling hopeless much of my two year experience with her. However, I couldn’t have imagined it would end with her draining my finances and having to go to another attorney to be divorced. My case was not that complicated. There was such little effort to help me, even though she was paid. The fact that another attorney was able to accomplish so much in under a month, validates the amount of urgency here. If you are not ok with having a representative with a lack of communication, organization and compassion , look elsewhere. I constantly felt like I was a bother to her, instead of a paying client. Her work seems to be hit and miss. I obviously was a huge miss.
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Response from Deanna Istik January 27, 2024
While I cannot comment on specifics due to the nature of my business, I would like to address some factual inaccuracies. First, I was not the originating attorney on this matter. This case was originated prior to my hire date with my firm and from my understanding, had been transferred several times throughout the firm. As a lawyer that was assigned this case after it had been originated some time prior thereto, I did my best to grasp the file and concepts. Second, this individual did not pay me for “two years”, as I wasn’t even employed by this firm for two years. I wasn’t assigned this case immediately upon being hired and believe that I only worked on this matter for a few months. Third, pursuant to the terms of our Engagement Letter, we were not permitted to work on files that did not have active retainers. Not only did this client not have an active retainer, she owed a significant sum of money to the firm that I was employed through at the time. Finally, I always met with the client upon request, timely responses to emails and telephone calls. I advised this client appropriately and instructed her as to what needed to be done with her matter. However, I was not going to proceed with significant discovery or depositions until she made payment pursuant to the Engagement Letter that she signed and acknowledged. Likewise, at the time of my departure from my prior firm, I was in discussions with Opposing Counsel in regard to a settlement agreement. It’s easy for someone else to pick up a file and complete a settlement agreement that was nearly complete at the time of my departure. I also have several emails from this individual who indicated that not only was she satisfied with my work, but she thought I was the only member of the particular firm that she worked with that actually took the time to move her case forward. It is unfortunate that this individual is expressing her frustration for the firm that she dealt with prior, on me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sinatra & Istik Law Office, PLLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Istik Law Office, LLC
  • 2023 - 2023
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gilliland Vanasdale Law Office, LLC
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Associate Attorney
  • SutterWilliams, LLC
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ainsman Levine, LLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Public Defender
  • Fayette County Public Defender
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • Davis & Davis
  • 2011 - 2016
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Education

  • Western Michigan University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • West Virginia University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2010
  • University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Robert Baker d/b/a Baker Construction v. Bernard Liptak and Pranay Amin
  • Superior Court Order in Favor of Mr. Liptak and Mr. Amin

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Section
  • Member; Director
  • 2018 - Present
  • Allegheny Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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General practice Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Deanna brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. She works tirelessly on behalf of her clients and has an impressive track record of successful and vigorous advocacy. I'm proud to work with Deanna and pleased to endorse her as a very talented attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Deanna is a very caring attorney and an aggressive advocate for her clients. She is a fearless litigator, but can also relate well to people and provides excellent personal service to every individuals she represents."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Deanna has taken her prior experience as a criminal defense attorney and has applied it to her burgeoning personal injury career. She simply will not be bullied by insurance companies. If you're looking for a competitive attorney to represent you, look no further."
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Cranberry Township Family Lawyer Deanna Lyn Istik
Deanna Lyn Istik
Family Attorney
Cranberry Township, PA
Licensed for 13 years