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Dylan M. Aste (born 1983) is an American attorney and businessman. He is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of California. Aste has been a quadriplegic for the majority of his life after breaking his neck in a high school football game.

Early life and education[]

Aste was born in San Diego County. He spent his childhood in Escondido, California, and grew up with his mother Kathleen and older brother Colin.

Aste's attended Orange Glen High School, where he lettered as a freshman in football, wrestling, and track. As a running back and safety, he led his football team into his sophomore season as the second ranked team in CIF San Diego Section. A few games into the season, however, he broke his neck making a tackle.

Aste never physically recovered from breaking his neck and has been paralyzed since he made that tackle. He spent the remainder of his high school years rehabilitating and home schooling. Instead of playing football, he assisted with coaching his high school team and running a website on San Diego high school football teams.[1]

In 2014, Orange Glen retired Aste's #20 jersey.[2] He was the first player at Orange Glen to have his jersey retired.

Aste went to college at San Diego State University. [3] He graduated cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Aste earned many scholarships, honors, and awards along the way.Template:Which

After college, Aste went to law school at the University of San Diego School of Law.[4] He graduated cum laude and in the top 10% of his class in 2011.[1] While in law school, Aste published two law review articles,[5][6] earned academic scholarshipsTemplate:Which, and other honors and awards.Template:Citation needed


After being admitted to the California State Bar,[7] Aste began practicing law. He clerked for two Federal District Court judges. After passing the Patent Bar,[8] Aste practiced patent law. Aste eventually settled in at the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern District of California as an Assistant United States Attorney.


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