Darla P. Gretzner

Darla P. Gretzner
Riverside Office
Education: California State University, San Bernardino – University of La Verne College of Law
Member: California State Bar
Joined BM&M in 2013

Darla Gretzner compares her career in law to riding dressage: "It's all about training and preparation." Growing up in the high-desert town of Apple Valley, she was a natural equestrian and spent a lot of time on horseback mastering the skills of dressage. Today, she applies that same ambition to mastering the art of worker's compensation defense at the Law Offices of Benthale, McKibbin and McKnight.

"I've been riding since I was twelve and much of it in the competitive arena," says Gretzner. "The hours of preparation and training I spent preparing for competition are similar to the time and preparation I put into my work here on my case files."

Gretzner graduated from California State University San Bernardino with a degree in anthropology. She continued her education at the University of La Verne College of Law, where she served on Law Review.

"My dad was an entrepreneur and admirer of the law who was happy about my pursuit of anthropology, but he encouraged me to go to law school because it could open up my career choices."

She found that to be true. She began her career in probate litigation where she spent more than five years learning the ropes as an attorney. One of the highlights of that period was taking a case to the California State Court of Appeals, and having the opinion published. In 2011, she joined a workers' compensation applicant firm and found that she enjoyed the challenges of that area of the law.

One of the challenges that came to light was the diversity of people involved with workers' comp law. She found herself enlightened by her study of anthropology as an undergrad and how much of that learning of people and cultures transferred into her daily practice.

"I enjoyed working on the applicants' side and getting to know all the people involved," she says. "As I got more involved, I was drawn to the defense side in part because I admired the people who worked on the defense teams and their knowledge of the law."

Gretzner joined the Riverside Office of Benthale, McKibbin and McKnight in March of 2013. She was already familiar with the office and the firm.

"I actually had a couple of depositions there in Riverside, and I was impressed with their team and the atmosphere in the office. It looked like a great place to work, and it is."

Away from work Darla still enjoys horseback riding. She also has a life-long love of the outdoors including hiking, camping, fishing and riding a bike.

"I also love to travel," she says. "If I were independently wealthy and not working in the law, I could spend all my time seeing the world."