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Attorney Bio
Count on Gretchen to represent you well.
Gretchen Elsner
Attorney-at-Law

Gretchen has over 15 years of legal experience in New Mexico to advance your best interests. She spent five years inside New Mexico's court systems--state and federal, trial and appellate--and worked with some of the state's distinguished jurists, such as the Honorable James A. Parker of United States District Court; Justice Patricio M. Serna of the New Mexico Supreme Court; and the Honorable Robert Hayes Scott, United States Magistrate Judge.  

In addition to clerking for the United States District Court and the New Mexico Supreme Court, Gretchen worked in the Albuquerque office of a large multi-state law firm where she represented public entities and corporate clients, served as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of New Mexico on employment matters, and drafted and testified on behalf of educational equity legislation that was signed into law by the governor while she was the staff attorney at the Southwest Women's Law Center. 

 

Gretchen grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Vassar College cum laude in materia subjecta, and earned her law degree from NYU Law School. She is a long distance runner and cyclist, a wilderness backpacker, and a year-round backyard gardener.   

 

She is licensed to appear in all New Mexico state courts, including the New Mexico Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Gretchen has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in United States District Court for the Northern District of California and in Alameda County Superior Court.