Lauren Dentone is a partner at Gawthrop Greenwood who focuses her practice on criminal defense and litigation matters.
As an attorney who once defended police departments, officers and prisons across Pennsylvania, Lauren possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of the criminal justice system. Her clients greatly benefit from her ability to pinpoint nuances in the law that can work to their advantage.
With more than a decade of trial experience both prosecuting and defending criminal cases, Lauren also excels in employment matters and assists clients with any potential implications to current or future employment due to a criminal charge. Similarly, she consults with businesses regarding employees who have been charged or convicted of crimes in Pennsylvania.
Lauren 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 worked on 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.
Lauren 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. Her work as Solicitor for the Chester County Department of Children Youth & Family gave her valuable insight on the effects of the justice system on the accused and their families.
A former adjunct professor in criminology and prison practices at Rosemont College, Lauren instructed on criminal process in Pennsylvania, sentencing schematics, trial strategy and rehabilitative measures. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where she serves on the Rules Committee.
Lauren is a member of the Chester County Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Southeastern PA. She also volunteers her time with the Home of the Sparrow 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
- Super Lawyers Rising Star 2020
- 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