When Peter D. Grueninger joined Parnall Law he brought with him years of experience as a civil litigator defending insureds against lawsuits brought by plaintiffs.

In coming to the Parnall firm, Mr. Grueninger has purposefully crossed over to represent injured plaintiffs because he sought a career change that would allow him to represent individuals—both in law and in community service.

Mr. Grueninger grew up in a military family, living in various areas of the U.S. and went to Texas Tech University for undergraduate study, receiving a B.A. in in English and Theater Arts in 2001, graduating cum laude. He also had a minor in education and became a pre-school teacher for a year before deciding to go to Texas Tech School of Law. He again excelled in his studies in law school, graduating magna cum laude in 2006.

During his third year of law school, he clerked at a small general-practice law firm in Ruidoso and then joined that firm after getting his J.D. In launching his career there, he says, “I learned the importance of understanding people during their toughest times, and I was able to help them in direct and meaningful ways.”

He was also active in the Ruidoso community in a variety of capacities: as a committee member of the Twelfth Judicial District Pro Bono Services Committee, as an incorporator of the Ruidoso Valley Economic Development Corporation, and as professional counsel board member and vice president of economic development for the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce.

While he enjoyed his work and community involvement there, he also wanted to develop his skills as a litigator, and had an opportunity to that with a larger defense-oriented firm in Albuquerque, where he defended insurance companies against lawsuits involving personal injury, wrongful death, construction defects, and medical malpractice.

After a time, he found that he wanted to help individuals, and is now doing precisely that at Parnall Law, where his practice is focusing on personal-injury cases, and planning to become involved in the community.

“I enjoy helping people and I enjoy the intellectual challenge of law,” he says. “I believe in our system of justice and am a very strong supporter of it.”

In his spare time, he enjoys sports—particularly football, skiing, and boxing—and cooking.