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Gretchyn Gay Meinken

Gretchyn Gay Meinken

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Corporate & Incorporation, Probate

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About Me

Gretchyn G. Meinken is an associate with SmolenPlevy. She is a member of the Virginia and Maryland State Bars. Ms. Meinken received her Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law where she served on the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy. She graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in both International Finance and German.

Ms. Meinken currently serves as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association. She is also a member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia and serves on its Finance Council. Ms. Meinken was named a Top Lawyer by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2011. Her practice areas include general corporate law and estate administration and planning.


Languages Spoken: English, German

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Probate: 25%
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Russell John Haynes

    I referred a client to Gretchyn with a probate/estate case involving real estate in multiple states and she tackled it immediately. The client was impressed with her professionalism and empathetic demeanor during a difficult personal time for the client. I hope to refer more clients to her in the future because the one client I sent to her was truly pleased with her representation. Thanks, Gretchyn, for your assist on that one!


    Russell Haynes Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Smolen Plevy

8045 Leesburg Pike
Fifth Floor
Vienna, VA, 22182-2737


VAAuthorized to practice law200703/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Legal EliteVirginia Business Magazine2014
Top LawyersNorthern Virginia Magazine2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateSmolen & Plevy, PC2007 - Present
Law ClerkEPA, OECA, International Enforcement Division2006 - 2006
Law ClerkSprint Nextel Corporation, Legal Department2006 - 2006
Legal InternThe United States Mint, Office of the Chief Counsel2006 - 2006
Legal InternDOD, Office of the General Counsel, International Affairs2005 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)President2014 - Present
Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)President-Elect2013 - 2014
Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)Treasurer2011 - 2013
Fairfax Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)Board of Directors2008 - Present
Fairfax Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2008 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of AlabamaBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Preparing Women for Civic LeadershipWomen in Civic Leadership2014