Sandra L. Knapp was elected chair of the management committee at Gawthrop Greenwood law firm, which has offices in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington.

According to a press release, Knapp was the first woman in Chester County, Pennsylvania, to be elected to manage a mid- to large-sized law firm in 2011. She leads a five-person management committee that also includes Stephen R. McDonnell, Patrick M. McKenna, Michael F. Merlie and Stephen G. Rhoads.

Knapp succeeds Walter P. Eells, who led the firm as chair of the management committee for the last three years.

She concentrates her practice in business law, commercial transactions, finance, banking and real estate law. She joined the firm in 2009, after being a partner at Fox Rothschild as well as managing partner at Knapp McConomy Merlie.