Gretchen L. Gurstelle

Associate
Gretchen L. Gurstelle
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2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3537
F 612.371.3207
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Gretchen is a trial attorney with experience litigating in both federal and state courts. She has served as a Special Assistant Public Defender in both Hennepin and Ramsey County and as appointed counsel through the Office of the Federal Defender Criminal Justice Act Second Chair Panel. Gretchen also served as a clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota. She has tried cases to juries and judges in federal and state court.

Gretchen is a member of the business litigation group focusing on complex commercial litigation. She has represented clients in their most sensitive criminal matters. Gretchen guides clients through all stages of federal and state civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings from responding to government subpoenas, conducting internal investigations, negotiating with government representatives, and litigating any resulting claims or charges.

Awards & Recognition
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2013-2016) 
  • Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2016) 
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer (2012)
Experience
  • Represented an in-house accountant in high profile federal tax fraud prosecution. Participated in extensive negotiations with federal prosecutors reaching a misdemeanor resolution for the client.
  • Conducted internal investigation into whistleblower allegation raised by a former employee for a Fortune 500 company.
  • Represented personal care attendant with respect to federal investigation into alleged health care fraud. After extensive communications with governmental authorities, no charges were filed against the client. 
  • Represented a realtor charged in federal mortgage fraud prosecution, achieving a probationary sentence for the client.
  • Participated in the representation of a business owner facing federal bank-fraud charges stemming from alleged $80 million Ponzi scheme. Drafted sentencing pleading, after which the client received a 53 percent downward departure from the applicable guideline sentence.
  • Co-chaired jury trial in defense of a client charged with criminal vehicular homicide stemming from a snowmobile collision. The jury acquitted the client on all counts. 
  • Represented client facing first-degree homicide charges in North Dakota. Successfully argued contested pretrial motions and jury instructions. Participated in extensive plea negotiations resulting in a favorable plea and sentencing resolution.
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  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
Professional & Community

Professional Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors (2014-present)
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3537
F 612.371.3207
  • University of Minnesota Law School

    (J.D., 2009)

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    (B.S., 2005)

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

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