Mary Ann Plankinton, an attorney and partner with the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, has been named by the West Brandywine Township Board of Supervisors to the community’s Trails Commission, a three-year term tasked with developing local trail networks and connections to regional trail networks.
“With almost 2,700 acres of woodlands comprising more than one-third of West Brandywine, plus 960 acres of open space, our Trails Commission is key to maintaining the scenic character of our community and preserving a high quality of life for our residents. We are thrilled to have Mary Ann joining those efforts,” says Meghan Jackson, chair of the West Brandywine Township Trails Commission.
Licensed in Delaware and Pennsylvania and with more than 20 years’ experience, Plankinton joined Gawthrop Greenwood in 2015 and is chair of the firm’s Greater Wilmington office in Greenville, DE. Her multi-jurisdictional practice focuses on family law, including divorce, child support, custody and adoption; as well as estate planning and estate administration. In addition, Plankinton is a trained mediator and has successfully mediated cases in Pennsylvania and Delaware for family law disputes and estate matters. Representative cases include divorce matters involving family businesses, custody relocation, grandparent rights, will contests, guardianships and challenges to accountings.
A member of the Pennsylvania, Delaware and Chester County Bar Associations, Plankinton received her law degree from Widener University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University. She is also a graduate of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington. Named a top lawyer in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by Main Line Today, she was selected in 2012 by Delaware Today as a top lawyer in the state for Divorce, Trusts and Estates.
Plankinton is a board member of Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy, which provides affordable therapeutic horseback riding to enhance the quality of life for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities. A member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, she was instrumental in supporting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Southern Chester County and continues to support this cause. Plankinton is also a former board member of the Delaware SPCA. She is a member of the Upper Captiva Island, Florida Civic Association where she is active in preserving the landscape of the island and monitoring the island’s turtle nesting.