Gretchen W. Latimer



Construction Defects | Mediation, Arbitration & Litigation
High-Rise Representation

Gretchen W. Latimer



HOA Governance & Transactions | Developer Transition
Director & Industry Education

Expert in construction defect litigation, from every possible perspective.

Areas of Expertise

  • Homeowners association construction defect claims and litigation specialist
  • Substantial experience in all phases of defect representation, including trial, arbitration, mediation and settlement conferences
  • Sub-specialty of fire-related construction defect matters
  • Has represented all parties in construction defect claims including developers, general contractors, design professionals and subcontractors
For the past twenty-five years, Gretchen has represented developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and homeowner associations in all phases of construction defect claims and litigation. Her experience representing a variety of parties provides Gretchen with a unique perspective and insight into all aspects of this specialized niche. She has successfully litigated a variety of defect issues, including water intrusion, soil, high rise, material failure, roofing and mechanical systems, and fire-related matters.
Gretchen spent more than a decade representing developers, which gives her a “big picture” advantage in homeowners association defect claims. “I know all phases of construction defect litigation from all sides,” says Gretchen. She is particularly skilled at the investigative portion of the process. “I feel like I’m a private investigator. I love trying to find the document that shines light on whatever the issue is. Other people think that work is dry but, no! Because when I find it, I geek out for a moment and run down the hall – look, I found it! It’s totally geeky, but I really enjoy it.”

Experience & Background

  • Joined HGCT in 2018
  • 25 years construction defect representation experience
  • Previously responsible for managing complex litigation matters related to personal injury, asbestos, and real estate transactions
  • Represented parties in complex personal injury matters including homeowner liability and automobile liability

Industry Involvement

Community Associations Institute (CAI)
Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)

Professional Affiliations

Contra Costa County Bar Association
Associated Defense Counsel – past member


Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA
  • Student Bar Association Council
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • BA in Communications; minor in Business

Bar Admissions

Ninth District Court of Appeals
Northern District of California
Eastern District of California
Central District of California
Southern District of California


Clerked for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office while in law school. Met her husband on their first day of law school; their daughter is currently enrolled in the same program. In her spare time Gretchen enjoys travelling with family, singing in a band, and is an avid photographer.


  • Favorite part of the job: the people
  • Most interesting job ever held: towing stolen and abandoned cars
  • Favorite quote: “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”

Mentors recent college graduates in both personal and professional development.

Community Involvement

  • Girl Scout Leader (1999 to present)
  • Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church Youth Advisor (2012-2017)
  • Stampede Lacrosse Club Founder and Board Member (2012-2015)
  • Orinda Park Pool, various committees (2002-2012)
  • Diablo Valley Montessori Parent Club President (1996-1999)