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Leonard A. Sloane, a partner at the law firm “Eckell Sparks” has been selected as one of the top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2008. Mr. Sloane is one of the few lawyers based in Philadelphia’s suburban counties to be named to this list that represents The Top 100 percent of selected Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. The complete list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers was recently published by Law & Politics magazine and appears in the June 2008 edition of Philadelphia Magazine.
Mr. Sloane is a civil trial attorney with over thirty years of experience. This is the third consecutive year that he has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – a designation given to attorneys who have been nominated by their peers, reviewed by a blue ribbon panel and evaluated by an attorney-led research staff. See How Super Lawyers Were Selected.
Mr. Sloane said “This is a wonderful honor for both me and the law firm. I am delighted to be recognized by my peers.” Eckell Sparks is a Media-based general practice law firm that employs 14 attorneys with a branch office in West Chester.
Law & Politics researchers surveyed 36,000 active attorneys in Pennsylvania, asking them to nominate the best lawyers they have personally observed in action. Each lawyer was given a score based on the number of votes he or she received and the source of those votes.
All nominated attorneys were grouped into more than 55 areas of practice. Nominees with the highest point totals were asked to serve on a blue ribbon panel to review the list of nominees in their area of practice and assign points to each attorney. The point totals from the general survey, research process and the blue ribbon panel review were added together to come to a final total. The research department formed a final list of the elite top five percent of all lawyers in Pennsylvania. The Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers is an additional honor representing preeminent lawyers from all the combined categories.
Len, who is Chairman of the Firm’s Litigation and Personal Injury Department, concentrates his practice in personal injury, including, automobile insurance, medical malpractice, products liability, wrongful death, and other complex civil litigation. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Villanova University. He is a past President of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and has served on numerous committees for PaTLA. He is also past President of the Delaware County Bar Association. Len is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where he serves as Zone 9 Governor for Chester, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Delaware and Chester County Bar Associations, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and is a past member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of leading treatise on automobile insurance law, i.e., Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Insurance—An Analysis of the Financial Responsibility Law 1st and 2nd Ed. As well as the 2006 update, which are published by PaTLA. He has lectured for various organizations statewide including, PaTLA, the State Trial Judges Convention, the Delaware County Bar Association, the Chester County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He also teaches courses on Auto Insurance Law for lawyers who are members of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
Len has won many awards of achievement, including— The Delaware County Bar Association E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Award for outstanding services to the legal profession in the furtherance of intra-professional development, communication and education; the Paul R. Sand Award in appreciation for his efforts on fostering interest and respect for the law, in general, and Bar Associations, in particular; the Association Award of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association for his excellent service to the trial lawyers’ organization; and the George F. Douglas, Jr., Amicus Curiae Award for outstanding and industrious appellate advocacy as amicus curiae counsel on behalf of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
Len is a Vietnam veteran, having served as Lieutenant(jg) in the Navy aboard the USS Durham (LKA 114) in the Pacific Fleet and Southeast Asia. He is past president of the West Goshen Lions Club and was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 21 in East Goshen, Pennsylvania. He is married to Kathleen Fisher Sloane and has two children, Jennifer, who is a Marketing Director for the National Home Builders Association in Washington, DC, and Chris, who is a recent graduate from the University of Vermont.