Gretchen Biersbach grew up in a small town in South Dakota. As a kid, most of her time was spent outdoors with activities like riding on a sled behind the four-wheeler, or on a tube behind the boat. Other times were spent with her identical twin sister Kirsten, getting up to no good.
After high school, Gretchen pursued a degree in nursing at the University of South Dakota. After graduation, Gretchen began her career as an intensive care unit nurse. This experience heightened her passion for aiding individuals during their most vulnerable moments. Those moments fueled her desire to take her patient advocacy from the bedside to the courtroom. Subsequently, she enrolled at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law to attain her law degree.
While in law school, Gretchen continued to work as a home health and hospice nurse, substitute school nurse, and research assistant. Gretchen also remained heavily involved in law school organizations and clubs. She cohosted the biannual Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) symposium as well as the Family Law and Child Advocacy (FLCA) symposium. She was also the Dean of the Delta Theta Phi law school fraternity, Vice President of the State Bar Association, a South Dakota Trial Lawyers Liaison, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board member. Furthermore, Gretchen was a member of the Black Law Students Association and Native American Law Students Association.
She was also invited to join the Marjorie Breeden Society, a women’s leadership philanthropy club. Additionally, she participated in law school competitions, like the 1L Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition, where she and her partner got second place. In her final year, she assisted in starting up the Healthcare Law Organization. Gretchen was also recognized with the Excellence in Academics award for the highest Healthcare Law and Compliance course grade.
For fun, Gretchen enjoys playing tennis and pickleball, boxing, playing the piano, and rooting for the Minnesota Vikings. Gretchen and her significant other, Jack, also from South Dakota, enjoy exploring Richmond. Jack is currently in his residency at VCU Medical Center in the anesthesiology department. Their recent exploration into the backyard yielded an alley cat, whom they have affectionately named Tuna. Tuna has graduated to becoming an indoor cat.
Gretchen works in different departments of the firm: personal injury, medical malpractice, and pharmaceutical injury.