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A treasured piece of Pennsylvania history now belongs to a former Gawthrop Greenwood attorney who went on to make her own history as a Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge as well as Chester County President Judge.
Gawthrop Greenwood partner Kevin Holleran was pleased to present Judge Paula Ott with a Pennsylvania Railroad club car chair at Gawthrop Greenwood’s offices in West Chester earlier this month, in honor of her contributions to the legal field as well as her work to advance the role of women in the law.
The firm once showcased 10 of these chairs, believed to have been acquired by the father of Gawthrop founder W. Edward Greenwood, Jr., Esquire when a Pennsylvania Railroad car was discarded decades ago at a scrap yard located next to the old Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville, PA.
Pictured clockwise above is Judge Paula Ott with her former Gawthrop colleague and mentor John Halsted seated in the historic chair; the Pennsylvania Railroad club car chair with a photo of W. Edward Greenwood, Jr; Judge Ott with Gawthrop partners Stacey Fuller, John Rafferty, Walter Eells and Kevin Holleran.
Since its founding in 1904, Gawthrop Greenwood has produced seven judges, 11 presidents of the Chester County Bar Association and numerous high-profile lawyers whose commitment to unparalleled service has long distinguished the firm. The first female judge in Chester County came from Gawthrop Greenwood, as did two judges who went on to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, another who became a Federal District Court Judge and three who have served as President Judge of Chester County.