Justice Center, Courtroom 7
201 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Judge Gavin is married to Denise Gavin and has five adult children. After graduating from Scranton Preparatory High School, Judge Gavin obtained a B.A. degree from Villanova University in 1965. He then served three years as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Republic of South Vietnam. He then resumed his education and obtained a J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1971.
Judge Gavin entered private practice in Chester County in 1972, specializing in civil and criminal litigation. He served as Assistant District Attorney from 1972 through 1975, was a court-appointed criminal defense attorney from 1976 through 1981, and served as Master in Juvenile court from 1981 through 1985. He was also active in numerous community activities, serving as a member and chairman of the Board of Supervisors of West Goshen Township from 1976 through 1985.
He was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in November 1985 and was subsequently retained for an additional ten-year term in November 1995. He was elected and served as the President Judge of the Court from 1995 until January 2000.