Murray began the practice of law in the City of Chester in 1959 following his graduation from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate work was completed in 1956 at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After practicing at the law firm of Snyder and Snyder for three years, Murray practiced alone for a short time. Thereafter, he, along with Don Sparks, formed Eckell & Sparks in the spring of 1964, which was the genesis of the present law firm. During his first 15 years of practice, Murray engaged in the general practice of law, primarily litigating commercial and personal injury cases specializing in the trial of condemnation cases. His practice gradually became restricted…
Murray began the practice of law in the City of Chester in 1959 following his graduation from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate work was completed in 1956 at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After practicing at the law firm of Snyder and Snyder for three years, Murray practiced alone for a short time. Thereafter, he, along with Don Sparks, formed Eckell & Sparks in the spring of 1964, which was the genesis of the present law firm. During his first 15 years of practice, Murray engaged in the general practice of law, primarily litigating commercial and personal injury cases specializing in the trial of condemnation cases. His practice gradually became restricted primarily to the areas of real estate and commercial law, and administration of decedents' and incompetents' estates, and Housing Authority law. Throughout the growth of the firm and from its original inception through its merger with Vadino and Auerbach, and later with Arthur Levy's law firm, Murray was, until 2009, the chief executive officer. His activities in the legal arena are extensive and varied. One of his principal accomplishments was his appointment by then-Governor Milton Shapp to the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County in March of 1977. When his term expired, he chose to forego running for election and returned to his partners in the active practice of law. Murray has spent many years in service to local, state and national bar associations. He served as a director and ultimately as president of the Delaware County Bar Association; has been chairman of several statewide committees of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar, a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and in 1994 was elected to the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for a three-year term. He has been solicitor for a number of municipal governing bodies and twice served as solicitor for the Chester Housing Authority. Over the years, his municipal clients also have included Marple Township, Springfield Township, Nether Providence School District, Chester School District and the District Justice Division Office of the Court Administrator of Delaware County. Following his tenure as judge, Murray served as special counsel to the Board of Judges for ten years. Early in his career, he served as law clerk for the Honorable Leroy Van Roden in the Orphans' Court of Delaware County and thereafter continued for a short time as judicial clerk for the then-President Judge Henry G. Sweeney. Murray has taught as an adjunct professor of law at the Penn State University, Delaware County Campus. He was a member of the panel lecturing on the art of negotiations on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and was the course planner and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on the subject of law office management for small and medium-sized law firms. He has received every major award available to be presented by the Delaware County Bar Association for service to the profession and has served 12 years in the disciplinary system of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Disciplinary Board by direct appointment from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and in 1993-1994 was its chairman. Murray and his wife, Elayne, who are both avid golfers, reside in Upper Providence. Bar Association Committees, Activities and Functions Bar Association Committees: 1965: Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee 1967: Minimum Fee Committee; Grievance Committee 1968: Minimum Fee Committee; Nominating Committee 1969: Public Relations Committee; Rules Committee; Preservation for the Right to Trial by Jury Committee; Administrative Procedure Committee 1970: Grievance Committee; Judicial Selection Committee; Preservation for the Right to Trial by Jury Committee; Trial Practices Committee; Mastership Appointment Committee 1971: Chairman, Judicial Selection Committee; Preservation for the Right to Trial by Jury Committee; Mastership Appointment Committee 1972: 100th Anniversary Committee: Mastership List Committee; Medical Dental Law Committee; Committee of Unauthorized Practice of Law 1973: Economics of Law Committee; Delaware County Bench Bar Conference Committee; Mastership Appointment Committee; Medical Dental Law Committee 1974: Chairman, Economics of Law Committee; Medical Dental Law Committee; Mastership List Committee; Bench Bar Conference Committee 1975: Chairman, Economics of Law Committee; Bench Bar Committee 1980: Medical Dental Law Committee 1994: Chairman, Personnel Committee 1973-1985: Co-Chairman of the Bench Bar Conference Offices: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980: Board of Directors 1967: Secretary 1977: Vice President 1978: President Elect 1979: President Solicitorships: Chester Housing Authority 1962-1964; 1992-1996 Musicians Union Local 484 AF of M, January 1, 1968 through 1992 Borough of Brookhaven, January 1, 1970 through December 31, 1971 Solicitor for the County of Delaware to evaluate juvenile public defenders program for the County of Delaware and for the Governor's Justice Commission for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1973 Special Counsel to the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County 1975-1990 Special Counsel Marple Township Special Counsel Springfield Township Special Counsel Neither Providence School District Special Counsel District Justice Division Office of the Court Administrator of Delaware County Special Counsel to the School District of the City of Chester for Disciplinary Hearings Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Leroy Van Roden in the Orphans' Court of Delaware County May 17, 1968 until the judge's retirement, then continued for a short time as judicial clerk for President Judge Henry Sweeney. Public Relations: Adjunct Professor of Law 1974 - Widener University Paralegal Course Instructor - Pennsylvania State University, Delaware County Campus Business Law 1968 Panel member and lecturer 1978, "The Art of Negotiations" for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute lectures given to lawyers in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Course planner and lecturer - law office management for small and medium-sized law firms sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and offered in five locations throughout Pennsylvania in 1981 Moot Court Judge - Widener Law School 1981 American University thesis entitled "Voting in the Security Council of the United States and Its Possible Revision" 1955 April 22, 1955 - Testified before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations subcommittee on United Nations Charter Review - subject of the testimony was revision of the United Nations Charter concerning voting procedures. Authored the concept of and organized the first trial school for newly admitted lawyers to the Delaware County Bar. The trial school project of the Delaware County Bar Association received the 1981 Award of Merit from the American Bar Association. Course planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute - formulated curriculum and selection of faculty and participated in the presentation of course study in five cities 1981 Community/Social Organizations: 1976: Appointed Independent Arbitrator for the Borough of Darby and the Borough of Sharon Hill regarding police arbitration 1980: Appointed Chairman Borough of Darby Police Arbitration Panel 1980-1986: Board of Managers General Alumni Society University of Pennsylvania Law School 1985: Chairman of the Nominating Committee 1961-1981: Member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Chapter of the National Foundation March of Dimes (1975-1980 elected Second Vice President) 1961-1963: Brookhaven Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment - served as Chairman in 1963 1973-1976: Elected Secretary/Treasurer of Dickinson College Alumni Club of Southeastern Pennsylvania New Jersey. Automatic move up to Vice President in 1974 and to President in 1975 1986: Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Commission 1987-1991: Member Board of Directors of Suburban Music School 2001-2002: Director Advisory Board of Founders Bank Professional/Political Organizations: 1980: Recipient of the Orlowski Award given annually by the Delaware County Bar Association and the Board of Judges to the lawyer who does most to improve bench bar relations 1980-1983: Appointed by Governor Thornberg of Pennsylvania to the Trial Court Nominating Commission of Delaware County 1981-1987: Appointed by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to a Discipline Hearing Committee - Chairman 1986 1988: Recipient of the E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Award. Presented by the Delaware County Bar Association in recognition of services to the legal profession in the furtherance of interprofessional development, communications and education 1988-1991: Appointed by the Supreme Court to the Disciplinary Board 1989-1990: Chairman of the Rules Committee of the Disciplinary Board 1991-1994: Reappointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the Disciplinary Board - Vice President 1992-1993. Appointed Chairman of the Board by the Supreme Court 1993-1994. 1991: Recipient of the Paul R. Sand Presidents Award presented by the Delaware County Bar Association in recognition of service to the legal profession 1991-1992: Appointed by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates 1994-1997: Appointed Zone 9 Governor to the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association 2002: Appointed by the Delaware County Courts to the Commission to Redistrict Nether Providence Township 2001: Appointed instructor by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for "Bridge the Gap" program 2005: Recipient of the Elizabeth C. Price Award presented by the Delaware County Bar Association at Law Day.