Gretchen’s litigation and trial experience are invaluable to achieving her clients’ goals.  Prior to co-founding Wagner Hughes, LLC, Gretchen was a partner at a well-respected mid-sized law firm in Atlanta where she defended medical malpractice and premises liability cases involving personal injury for over eleven years.   Her invaluable experience defending medical providers, national retailers, a large Atlanta hospital system, trucking cases and working with large insurance companies allows her to represent injured clients with first-hand knowledge about how the other side evaluates, works-up and litigates complex cases involving personal injury – including motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect. Gretchen’s extensive background litigating medical cases is particularly invaluable to her representation of clients in medical negligence and nursing home abuse and neglect cases, where the medical issues and legal requirements can be complex, and where oftentimes the nursing home and medical records are voluminous and difficult for attorneys without medical background to navigate and understand, in order to fully evaluate and effectively pursue the case.

Gretchen’s litigation experience benefits her clients at all stages of their claim, from pre-litigation through trial.  Her substantial experience trying complex cases is a rare and vital asset in personal injury and wrongful death cases. While reaching a resolution prior to trial is often in the client’s best interest, there are occasions where the client’s best interests may not be achieved short of trial.

Gretchen graduated cum laude, with a B.B.A. in International Business, from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business in 1998.  She continued her education at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she earned a J.D. with honors in 2002.  She has been consecutively named by Georgia Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star”, and was named to the Georgia Trend Legal Elite in 2009.  She has been an active member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, and served on the Foundation Board of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers from 2008 to 2011.

Gretchen is a native Atlantan and is the second oldest child of fourteen children. She and her husband, Jason, are proud parents of their two young sons, Owen and Henry.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading, snow skiing, and entertaining.

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