Gretchen focuses her practice in the area of real property, primarily real estate closings. She also handles legal needs for small businesses including formation, contracts, business disputes and litigation. She is active in the Greater Jackson community and is an avid real estate investor.
Gretchen began her practice in the area of environmental law and toxic tort litigation spending several years at Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, PA and Baker, Doneslon, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC representing manufacturers, construction contractors and refineries. Later, she worked as a legal consultant in the field of toxic torts where she gained additional litigation experience. Gretchen served as in house counsel at Appraisal Research Company, Inc. where she acquired extensive knowledge of commercial real estate transactions, valuation, and eminent domain issues. She has represented multiple clients in front of both judges and juries in state and federal courts. She is licensed in every Mississippi Court, including the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Courts. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and is the past Chair of the Small Firms Committee for the Young Lawyer’s Division. She is a former member of the America Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.
Gretchen graduated cum laude from University of Mississippi School of Liberal Arts. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority where she served as Pledge Class President and Philanthropy Chair. She was a member of the Honors Program, member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, a Sigma Nu Little Sister, and served as ASB Community Liaison. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1997. While in law school she was a Member of the Mississippi Law Journal, a member of Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity, and was awarded the Edith Waits Turley Memorial Scholarship. In addition, she received multiple Outstanding Student awards for academic achievement and worked with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program. Gretchen was chosen to serve as an intern for the United State Senate Offices under Senator Trent Lott and also interned for the District Attorney for the 2nd District of Mississippi.
Gretchen serves on the Board of Directors for Operation Shoestring and is the PTO President at Madison Avenue Upper Elementary. She was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Jackson and was chosen to serve on the Mistletoe Marketplace Steering Committee. Gretchen was active in the launch of the Mississippi Children’s Museum where she served on the Museum Fabrication Task Force Committee and chaired the Exhibit Design Committee. She continues to support the Mississippi Children’s Museum where she serves on the Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners’ Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee. She helped to found the non-profit organization, Madison County H.O.P.E. (Helping Others by Providing Essentials) for Kids and continues to serve as Vice-President. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson’s Class of 2012-13, and served as a small group chair.
Gretchen is the daughter of Susan and Tommy Luke. She grew up in Gulfport where she graduated with honors from Gulfport High School. She is married to Curtis A. Gentry IV and they have two children, Emma and Cade. The Gentry’s attend St. Francis of Assisi Church.