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What We Do

Elsner Law & Policy provides legal services to nonprofit organizations, individuals and businesses in the local food economy, those working on elections and political issues, and philanthropists.

Food Law

Gretchen is committed to promoting the local food economy and sustainable food systems by assisting local farmers, producers, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities grow and achieve their goals.  She completed the Food Business School's Food Venture Formation & Financing class, and attended the Michigan State University College of Law Food Law Current Issues Seminar in 2016.  Locally, she has presented a legal workshop under the auspices of Delicious New Mexico to food entrepreneurs. She also represents national nonprofit organizations pursuing impact litigation to address the harms caused by factory farming.    

Nonprofit Organization & Cooperative Association Law

Gretchen, a former employee of large and small nonprofits and a former nonprofit board president, assists nonprofit organizations and cooperative associations in starting and managing their affairs, including forming the entity, guiding the board process in writing bylaws, applying for tax-exemption, and establishing policies for internal governance. She can assist philanthropists in making social investment decisions with their charitable giving. Nonprofit organizational leaders have given positive reviews to her workshop on navigating non-profit advocacy, hosted by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. 

Election Law

As general counsel to one of New Mexico's major political parties, Gretchen works on a full-range of political & legal issues, including fast-paced litigation to resolve disputes that arise during election season. Gretchen represented a candidate in New Mexico's first statewide automatic recount, and argued in front of the New Mexico Supreme Court for strong and fair recount procedures. She has also represented citizens suing the governor to enforce open government laws and to protect the citizens' rights to be meaningfully involved in the political process.

Practice Areas
  • Food Law

  • Election Law

  • Nonprofit Organizational Law

  • Litigation

  • Appeals

  • Legislative & Administrative Advocacy

  • Socio-Legal Policy Research & Analysis

  • Pay Equity

  • Educational Opportunity