Robert C. Jefferson, IV is an associate attorney at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC who focuses his practice on municipal government law, as well as land use, land development and zoning. A former Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson spent six years at the Chester County D.A.’s Office prosecuting 19 jury trials and more than 20 bench trials for criminal cases ranging from felonies to misdemeanors. His career in public service, along with experience navigating the adversarial court system, has proven beneficial to both public and private sector clients as they face testimony and cross examination before zoning hearing boards, planning commissions and other municipal authorities.
A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Chester County Bar Association, Jefferson is active in CCBA’s Young Lawyers Division. He has been a member of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls Grants Allocations Committee. He also supervised the certified legal internship program at the Chester County D.A.’s Office, drawing on his own valuable experiences as a legal intern at the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Office of General Counsel at the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority as well as State Farm Insurance.
Jefferson graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance in 2007. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2010, and spent a year defending criminal cases in private practice before joining the D.A.’s office in 2012.
Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2020 and one of Main Line Today‘s Top Lawyers in 2019 and 2020, Jefferson was appointed to the House of Delegates for the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2021. A resident of Exton, he focuses his free time on service to the community, including as a member of the board of directors and past secretary of the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County. He is also a regular speaker on career exploration for West Chester Area School District.