Lauren Dentone is a partner at Gawthrop Greenwood who focuses her practice on criminal defense, family law and litigation matters.
She has developed her practice through more than ten years of trial experience both prosecuting and defending criminal cases that became increasingly family related. After her work as Solicitor for the Chester County Department of Children Youth & Family, Lauren realized that her focus on family law would greatly benefit her clients.
Most recently, Lauren was founder of her private practice, Milks Law, LLC. She began her career as a prosecutor for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, where she acquired her focused approach to case management and trial strategy. She went on to serve as private counsel at a Chester County law firm where she successfully practiced criminal defense, employment law, civil litigation and civil rights defense.
Lauren was then asked to serve as an adjunct professor in criminology and prison practices at Rosemont College. She instructed undergraduate and graduate students on the sociological theories and perspectives of why individuals commit crimes, the criminal process in Pennsylvania, sentencing schematics, trial strategy and rehabilitative measures.
As a former Assistant District Attorney, Lauren has prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases including domestic violence, protection from abuse orders, indirect criminal contempt, driving under the influence, drug possession, violent weapon offenses, assaults, property crimes and homicide offenses. In the course of prosecution, she participated in evidence collection and analysis as well as witness and suspect interviews. In addition, Lauren has gleaned invaluable information regarding the inner-workings of the law enforcement community through her work as defense counsel to police departments, police officers, and prisons and corrections officers across Pennsylvania.
Lauren is also well versed in employment matters and assists clients with any potential implications to current or future employment due to a criminal charge. Similarly, Lauren consults with businesses regarding employees who have been charged or convicted of crimes in Pennsylvania.
Lauren is a member of the Chester County Bar Association, the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where she serves on the Rules Committee.
She serves on the Board of Directors at Legal Aid of Southeastern PA as well as Hamilton College’s Alumni Review Team, where she conducts interviews for college applicants from southeastern Pennsylvania.
Lauren also volunteers her time with the Home of the Sparrow as both a Gala Committee member as well as a member of the Development Committee, which partners with women facing homelessness to secure housing, achieve long-term stability, and chart new paths for their futures.
A native of Long Island with a competitive rowing career that includes state and national titles, Lauren resides in Pennsylvania where she continues to pursue her passion for music, art and rowing in her free time.
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Honors & Awards
- Avvo Client’s Choice Award 2017 & 2018
- Top Lawyers, Main Line Today Magazine, 2018 & 2019
- Widener University School of Law Certificate of Achievement in Organized & White Collar Crime
- Hamilton College Board of Trustees & Alumni Council
- Pennsylvania, 2007
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2010
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2011
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2011
- Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2007
- Hamilton College, B.A., Psychology & Classics, 2004
- Rosemont College, Adjunct Professor of Criminology, 2014-2016