Gretchen Taylor


DUIDLA Involvement

Area Served

Northern Virginia: Counties and Cities of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Alexandria, Arlington U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria


Gretchen started her career in 1995 as an Assistant Public Defender and spent five years as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney (prosecutor) in Newport News, Virginia. During this time, she also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law, at the College of William and Mary. Realizing that her calling was defending and helping people charged with various crimes, Gretchen worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for seven years before moving to Northern Virginia and opening her own law practice, the Law Office of Gretchen L. Taylor. In 2011, Gretchen incorporated her practice as Taylor Law Company, where she practiced criminal law until joining Cook Craig & Francuzenko in January 2022. Gretchen practices in all of the Northern Virginia state and federal courts. Her practice has a criminal law focus, both state and federal offenses, including DUI, traffic, theft, sex offenses, assault, drugs, firearm offenses, embezzlement, rape, murder, and more. Gretchen has a particular passion for defending juveniles charged with crimes. While the focus for the state is on the crime, Gretchen focuses on the individual, as this is a turning point in their life that helps define their future. As a parent of two teenagers, Gretchen can place herself in other parents’ shoes and can partner with them in rehabilitation. She additionally helps with protective orders, expungements, and certain animal law cases.


B.A. Communications, Virginia Tech 1992 J.D. College of William & Mary 1995