Mr. Sheak is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators for the Construction Industry, the A.B.A. Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and the Fidelity and Surety Committee.
Mr. Sheak attended Villanova Law School from 1973 to 1976, graduating with honors. He was an editor of the Villanova Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif (honorary fraternity). Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Sheak was law clerk to the Honorable Francis L. Van Dusen, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Sheak began his career with two major Philadelphia law firms specializing in complex litigation, surety, fidelity and construction law. Prior to forming the firm in 1986, he was an equity partner in a major New Jersey law firm, specializing in contract, surety and construction litigation, architect and engineer malpractice, creditor bankruptcy actions, errors and omissions claims, directors and officers liability claims and land use law.
Mr. Sheak received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Physics from Pennsylvania State University in 1964. From 1964 until 1973, he was a regular Army Officer in the Military Intelligence Branch. During this period, he was the Chief Security Officer for the United States military operations in Thailand, and other countries in South East Asia, having principal responsibility for criminal counter-terrorist and counter-intelligence operations. Mr. Sheak also served as Chief of Special Investigations and intelligence operations in the Washington, D.C. area involving military personnel. As a reserve officer, Mr. Sheak has lectured at the John F. Kennedy Center for Special Warfare in constitutional law, counter-intelligence, investigative techniques and intelligence operations.