Attorney Biographies

Brenda Smith Aston, Esq.
Ms. Aston is the Chief Conflict Defender for Steuben County and has been since 2015 when the office was first opened. She earned a four year Political Science Degree from SUNY Geneseo in 1983 and her Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University in 1986. She has handled felonies of all natures up to and including sex offenses, drug crimes, kidnapping, financial crimes, and murder trials in the last 32 years.

Casimir J Klepacz, Esq.
Mr. Klepacz is the First Assistant Conflict Defender for the office and has been part of the team since 2017 when he first accepted the position. He has handled all levels of felony cases and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2015. Mr. Klepacz was a part-time Public Defender for Chemung County and eventually accepted a full time position with the Conflict Defender's Office.

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