Gretchen L. Gurstelle

Associate
Gretchen L. Gurstelle
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  • Professional & Community
2000 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T 612.371.3537
F 612.371.3207
Amy G. Jones
T 612.752.1065
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota

Gretchen is a skilled advocate and litigator with experience trying cases to juries and judges in federal and state court.  She is a member of the Governmental Investigations & White-Collar Defense Group and the Commercial Litigation Group.  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.  Gretchen’s practice also focuses on complex civil litigation.  She has represented clients in contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, and False Claims Act cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Gretchen ran a well-respected criminal defense practice.  Her white-collar experience includes representing clients facing allegations of federal mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, theft, and embezzlement.  Gretchen is a member of the Office of the Federal Defender Criminal Justice Act panel for the District of Minnesota.  She served as a Special Assistant Public Defender in both Hennepin and Ramsey County.  She also served as a clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota. 

Awards & Recognition
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star, (2013-2017) 
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota, (2016) 
  • Minnesota Lawyer, Up & Coming Attorney, (2012)
Experience
  • Represented client responding to Attorney General’s civil regulatory investigation.
  • Conducted internal investigation into whistleblower allegation raised by a former employee for a Fortune 500 company.
  • Represented an in-house accountant in high-profile federal tax fraud prosecution. Participated in extensive negotiations with federal prosecutors reaching a favorable resolution for the client.
  • Represented a realtor charged in federal mortgage fraud prosecution, achieving a probationary sentence for the client.
  • 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.
  • Participated in the representation of a business owner facing federal bank-fraud charges stemming from alleged $80 million Ponzi scheme. Obtained 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 federal terrorism charges through jury trial.
  • 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.
Admissions
  • 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
Amy G. Jones
T 612.752.1065
  • 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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