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Big Thinking Precedes Great Achievement...

The Firm

"Whatever you do in life, surround
yourself with smart people who'll
argue with you." - John Wooden
Murray S. Eckell, Esquire, along with
Donald W. Sparks, Esquire, formed Eckell
& Sparks in the spring of 1964 which was
the genesis of the present law firm Eckell
Sparks Levy Auerbach Monte Sloane Matthews & Auslander P.C., the largest law
firm established in Delaware County. As
one of the largest suburban firms serving
the entire five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area, offering clients strengths and
depth of experience, the firm is fortunate
to enjoy a prestigious reputation in the
legal community.
"The firm boasts an impressive alumnus of 78 attorneys who have over the
years, contributed to the success of the
firm. After all, success is not just about
what you accomplish in life, it is about
what you inspire others to do." - Joseph
L. Monte, Jr., Partner, Eckell Sparks
Upon the cornerstones (both literal and
figurative) of Eckell Sparks laid by Murray S. Eckell and W. Donald Sparks, the
firm as it currently stands has been built
with attorneys whose varied skill sets are
only outdone by their accomplishments,
charitable endeavors and public service to
their communities. The Lawyers of Eckell
Sparks have over a half century of dedicated service to the Delaware County Bar
Association and the Community. Many
of our lawyers have been recognized as a
result of their service to the Bar Association, legal profession and community. Below are just a few of those individuals and
their respective positions, organizations
and awards:
W. Donald Sparks: Lifelong Delaware County Bar Association member;
Previous lecturer and speaker on divorce
and family law issues; volunteer at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Don is a superb family man, being
married to bride, Ann, for over 60 years,
with whom he raised three sons - Donald,
Steven and Jeffrey. Donald and Steven
followed in their father's footsteps and
became lawyers (Stephen even worked for

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Eckell Sparks for several years) and Jeffrey is a doctor of internal medicine.
David E. Auerbach: Delaware County
Bar Association member; Family Law
Section of the DCBA member; Past President of the Board of Directors of Delaware County Legal Services; Part-time instructor at Pennsylvania State University;
Frequent lecturer on the Divorce Code and
various aspects of Family Law.
Joseph L. Monte, Jr.: Law Clerk to
Judges Gorbey and Jerome (1968-1981);
Past President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Delaware County Bar Association; Served two terms on the Board of
Directors of the Delaware County Bar Association; Past Secretary of the Delaware
County Bar Association; Past Secretary
of the Delaware County Bar Association;
Past President of the Delaware County
Attorney/CPA Forum.
Joseph E. Lastowka, Jr.: A Partner
with the Kassab firm for seventeen years,
Joe merged his practice with Eckell Sparks
in 2017. Delaware County Bar Association
offices held: Past Member, Board of Directors and Past Chair of Orphans' Court
Rules and Education Committees; Fellow
of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; Member, National Academy
of Elder Law Attorneys; former Adjunct
Professor of Law at Widener University
where he developed and taught the Estate
Planning and Administration introduction for the Widener University Paralegal
Studies program; Board Member, Franklin
Mint Federal Credit Union; Founding
Member and Past President of Delaware
County Estate Planning Council; Former
Board Member of the following organizations: Associated Services for the Blind,
American Red Cross (Chester-Wallingford
Chapter), Crozer-Chester Foundation,
Delaware Community Foundation, Delco
Memorial Foundation of Delaware County
Memorial Hospital, Delco Blind/Sight
Center, Delaware County Head Start Program, Delaware County Legal Assistance,
the Del-Chester Chapter of the American
Lung Association, and the Hedgerow

Leonard A. Sloane: Len was a
partner for over twenty-five years with
Melvin Caine and Angelo DiPasqua and
he merged his firm with Eckell Sparks in
1998. Len was Past-Governor - Zone 9 of
the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Member, House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Delaware County Bar
Association offices held: President (1997),
Vice President (1994-1995), Treasurer,
Chairman of Legal Education Committee,
Chairman of Legislative Committee and
Chairman of the Mandatory Continuing
Legal Education Committee. Pennsylvania
Trial Lawyers Association offices held:
President (1989-1990), Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President-Elect,
Chairman of the Membership Committee,
Chairman of the Education Committee,
Chairman of the Legislative Policy Committee and Chairman of the LawPAC Fund
Development Committee. A.V. Rating
Martindale-Hubbell; Fellow, The Academy of Advocacy; Past President, West
Goshen Lions Club; Past Member, West
Chester YMCA Youth Services; Past District Commissioner, Boy Scouts of America; Past-Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 21;
1983 Recipient of the Association Award
of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association; 1999 Recipient of the George
F. Douglas, Jr., Amicus Curiae Award of
the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association; 2008 Recipient of the Elizabeth C.
Price Award of the Delaware County Bar
Association; 1985 Recipient of the E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Award of the
Delaware County Bar Association; 2000
Recipient of The Honorable Paul R. Sand
Award of the Delaware County Bar Association.
Guy F. Matthews: Delaware County
Bar Association, Member; Frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute
and the American Law Institute; Author
of numerous legal articles involving trusts
and estate planning. Guy is licensed to
practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and
New York.
Sam S. Auslander: Delaware County
Bar Association member; Pennsylvania


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