As a civil engineer with hands-on experience in complex construction projects, Gretchen understands the technical intricacies of construction-related claims and also appreciates the non-technical concerns of clients faced with such claims.
Her practice involves construction-related claims and litigation on both publicly- and privately-funded construction projects, as well as design professional liability related to construction. She has experience reviewing and negotiating contracts with an eye for minimizing liability for clients and devising solutions to issues that arise during construction. In the event disputes cannot be avoided, Gretchen provides assistance preparing claims on both public and private contracts; when necessary, litigating, arbitrating, or mediating those claims; and collecting any resulting judgments.
In addition to her experience with the core issues affecting construction projects, Gretchen is familiar with important secondary concerns faced by contractor and design professional clients, including: obtaining and maintaining licensure with the contractor and design professional licensing boards under Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and in other jurisdictions; defending against workers’ compensation claims brought before the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission and the United States Department of Labor; and complying with the federally-mandated E-Verify program, regarding which Gretchen has authored several articles and given presentations.
Gretchen helps clients apply for business development assistance from the United States Small Business Administration, including through the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development and Woman-Owned Small Business Programs, and through the Virginia Office of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, including the SWaM, DBE, and WBE programs.
Certified Engineer in Training (“EIT”)
Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers, Rising Star” (2011-17)
Virginia Business “Legal Elite” in Construction (2012-17)
Inside Business Magazine, “Top Forty Under Forty” (2012)
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•EFFECTS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S NEW 25% TARIFF ON STEEL
•USCIS Changes Form 1-9 . . . Again
•Recent Changes to Virginia’s SWaM Regulations
•The New Form I-9: The Forgotten Immigration Law
•Recent Virginia Supreme Court Decision Impacts Subcontractor Liability
•Updates on Employment Eligibility
•Understanding Commercial General Liability Insurance
•The Effect of the New Virginia Department of Labor Initiative to Prevent Worker Misclassification on the Use of Temporary Labor in Construction
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PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance
Virginia State Bar, Construction and Public Contracts Section
Virginia Bar Association, Construction Section Council
Virginia Drive-To-Work Program Volunteer
American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law
Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Young Leaders Chairperson (2013-15), Young Leaders Executive Committee (2013-17)
West Ghent Civic League
Junior League of Norfolk, (2010-13)
Ruffner Academy Middle School Mentoring Program, Founder, and Chairperson (2009-11)
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