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Gretchen is a result-driven litigator and trial attorney who represents companies in complex employment-related and business disputes.  Gretchen represents an array of clients in the energy, financial services, healthcare, and communications industries as well as colleges and universities across a broad spectrum of proceedings, including pretrial hearings, depositions, arbitrations, mediations, temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.  Gretchen recently second-chaired two jury trials to verdict.


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2010, J.D., cum laude, Elected to Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers; Editor-in-Chief, Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine; Honors Legal Writing Fellow; Recipient of Dean Dunmore Distinguished Advocate Award for Best Performance in Combined Arts of Legal Research, Brief Writing, and Oral Advocacy in Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition; Recipient of A.E. Bernsteen Award for Best Oral Advocate in Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition; National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, Quarter-finalist; Recipient of Paul J. Hergenröeder Award for Outstanding Performance in Trial Tactics; Recipient of Richard A. and Brandon S. Collier Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Law-Medicine Curriculum; Recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence: Trial Tactics; Financial Principles for Lawyers
  • Allegheny College, 2004, B.A., Economics and English, cum laude, Allegheny Trustee Scholar; Alden Scholar; Recipient of Allegheny Scholar Athlete Award

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Federal Bar Association — Member (2014-present)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Success in Law School Mentoring — Mentor (2012-2015)

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected as a "2017 Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star" (2016-2018)
  • Scholarship Recipient for FBA Women in the Law Program (2014)

Charitable and Civic Affiliations

  • Animal Friends — Volunteer (2010-present)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society — Ambassador of MS Leaders Circle (2015-present)
  • Sarah Heinz House — Chair, Associate Board (2014-2016); Emeritus Chair and Liaison to Board of Directors (2016-2017)
  • United Way — Member of Women's Leadership Council (2014-present)