Gretchen focuses her law practice on representing individuals who have been injured in nursing homes and assisted living facilities due to negligence, abuse and medical malpractice. She also represents individuals who have been seriously injured in other ways, such as in car and trucking accidents, by defective products, on unsafe premises, and individuals who have been seriously injured by medical and dental malpractice.
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, trucking accident, and premises liability cases involving personal injury for over eleven years. She represented doctors, physician extenders, nurses, medical practices, a large Atlanta hospital system, and national retailers. After 11 years defending personal injury cases, Gretchen began representing individuals and families who have been injured due to someone else’s wrongful conduct. Her invaluable experience defending medical providers, national retailers, hospitals, 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.
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 a medical background to navigate and understand. This enables her to more effectively evaluate and litigate medical cases in pursuit of her client’s goals. Gretchen is passionate about helping victims, and their families, who have been injured in nursing homes. She strongly believes that each case can make a difference not only for her clients, but for others residing in nursing homes and for future nursing home residents.
Gretchen graduated with Honors from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business in 1998, earning a B.B.A. degree in International Business. She continued her education at the University of Georgia School of Law where she earned her law degree with Honors in 2002. She has been consecutively named by Georgia Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star”, and has been named as a Georgia Trend Legal Elite. She is an active member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, and served on its Foundation Board from 2008 to 2011. She Co-Chaired its signature fundraising event – The Art Auction – two consecutive years, from which she received several awards. Gretchen is originally from the Metro Atlanta area. She currently lives in Smyrna with her husband and two young sons. She loves to spend time with her family. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, snow skiing, entertaining and exercising.