Elizabeth V. Gavin

Elizabeth V. Gavin


Email: egavin@gawthrop.com
Tel: (610) 696-8225
Fax: (610) 696-7111
Assistant: Allison Samson
Email: asamson@gawthrop.com

Elizabeth V. Gavin focuses her practice in the areas of municipal law, land use and education. As part of her municipal practice, she assists municipalities with development of ordinances, responses to land development and zoning applications, as well as interaction with citizens. Private clients also benefit from Elizabeth’s municipal work. Drawing from her experience as Solicitor for Zoning Hearing Boards, she helps them navigate the rules and regulations applicable to their projects, so they can achieve their goals within the framework of the municipality’s Zoning Ordinance.

A former teacher with a Master of Science in Education, Elizabeth also specializes in education law, assisting schools with policy development. She also advocates on behalf of students and parents facing potential legal problems at their own schools.

Elizabeth earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 2009, where she was a Lord’s Scholar, a Dean’s Merit Scholar and graduated cum laude. During law school, she clerked for The Honorable Kathrynann W. Durham of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. Prior to that, Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and English from Boston College, where she was on the National Dean’s List and received a USAA National Collegiate Education Award. She holds her Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and was an elementary education teacher for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Elizabeth is a member of the Chester County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, as well as the Stivley Inn of Court. She is a Committee Chair of the Polo Cup, presented by the Turk’s Head Branch of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Chester County Hospital, which serves the OB/GYN Clinic at the Chester County Hospital and the Women’s Auxiliary Pledge to expand the NICU. She is also a member of 100 Women Who Care – Chester County, which supports local non-profit organizations.  Born and raised in West Chester, Elizabeth is pleased to be serving clients in her home town.

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Education Law
  • Special Education Law

Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Federal Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Boston College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Villanova University School of Law