Ten Lawyers from Eckell Sparks Recognized by Super Lawyers

May 9, 2019

Delaware County Family Law Attorneys are honored to be recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers. Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. is thrilled to announce that 10 of their attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is an independent referral service that chooses the most respected and successful lawyers from each state and area of concentration. Candidates are peer nominated and undergo a thorough evaluation based on 12 indicators of success. Super Lawyers uses a patented multi-phase selection process that combines peer review and independent research. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Since 2004, Leonard A. Sloane has been recognized by Super Lawyers. Over the length of his career, he has been held in exceptional esteem amongst his peers and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates. In addition, he has a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo.

Michael J. Davey is a litigation associate at Eckell Sparks and heads the firm’s Employment Law & Discrimination department. Mr. Davey has been recognized as a Rising Star since 2012. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Delaware County Bar Association. Mr. Davey attended The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, where he received his J.D. degree and was a member of the award-winning National Moot Court Trial Team.

Matthew J. Bilker is an associate in litigation at Eckell Sparks. This is his first year being recognized as a Rising Star. Before joining Eckell Sparks, Mr. Bilker served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable John P. Capuzzi, Sr. in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. He is active in the legal community and has served on the board for multiple organizations, including the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Delaware County Bar Association and the Delaware County Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

Guy F. Matthews has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2009. After receiving his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law and Master of Laws in Taxation from Villanova University, he joined Eckell Sparks in 1989. He focuses on counseling clients in business, estate, and financial planning matters. Mr. Matthews is responsible for developing and hosting extensive seminars and speaking engagements for both public and professional organizations, where he discusses the details surrounding various estate planning matters.

Jonathan E. Becker has been honored by Super Lawyers since 2011. His specialty is estate planning, complex trust and tax issues, and estate and trust administration. Since 2012, he served as Senior Trust Counsel at Commonwealth Trust Company in Delaware. Mr. Becker was also previously recognized as a Top Attorney in Pennsylvania for Estate Planning and Probate by Philadelphia Magazine.

This is the first year that Christopher M. Brown has been named a Rising Star. Mr. Brown earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2011. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Trial and Appellate Courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was selected as one of Main Line Today’s Top Lawyers for Trusts & Wills.

Joseph E. Lastowka, Jr. has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2008. Throughout the course of his career, he has prepared more than 6,500 will and trust documents and has provided counsel for more than 1,300 estates or trusts. He has served as Chair for the Delaware County Orphans’ Court Rules Committee and the Delaware County Orphans’ Court Education Committee. In addition, Mr. Lastowka received national recognition after being the driving force behind a court’s decision to mandate the IRS pay a taxpayer’s legal fees.

David E. Auerbach has been honored as a Super Lawyer each year since 2004. He has been practicing law since 1963 and officially merged his firm with Eckell Sparks in 1971. He currently heads the Family Law Department. Mr. Auerbach has handled thousands of family law cases and frequently presents lectures on a wide variety of family law matters throughout Pennsylvania.

Craig B. Huffman has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2013. He specializes in family law and Orphans’ Court litigation. He is the current President of the Delaware County Bar Association and previously served as a chairperson for the Delaware County Bar Association Orphans’ Court Rules Committee. As an active member of the legal community, he received the Nicholas D. Vadino, Jr. Memorial Award and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award.

This is the first year that Melanie E. Tunaitis has been named a Rising Star. After receiving her J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law, she joined Eckell Sparks as an associate in the Family Law Department in 2018. Her dedication and tenacity to excel in both her academic and professional endeavors make Melanie the ideal addition to Eckell Sparks.

These exceptional lawyers constitute only part of the legal team at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. For more information regarding legal matters, call 610-565-3701 today or complete an online inquiry. The firm has locations in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted the operations of some businesses, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to confer with clients remotely, provide consultations to those seeking legal advice, and continue to provide the high level of legal services to our clients as we have always done. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by now also leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

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