Maren Calvert Bio

Maren Calvert

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Maren’s Practice

As an Economic Development Attorney, Maren’s practice resides at the intersection of business and government. She advises developers on commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential development projects. She prepares and negotiates land use applications, development agreements, inter-governmental and public/private partnership agreements. Adept both in and out of the courtroom, Maren represents clients in financing and real estate transactions and at land use hearings and appeals.
Maren’s experience in public policy, government relations, commercial litigation, and administrative law combines uniquely to help clients think strategically and engage government early. Maren assists advancing and entrepreneurial businesses with strategic planning, compliance, and regulatory and legislative challenges. She is a creative thinker and problem solver, who helps businesses and government establish the conditions to responsibly grow and improve the economic and social health of our community.

 

Simply put, Maren is an extraordinary attorney with a work ethic that is unrivaled among the hundreds of attorneys I have known in my career. … [Among an impressive group,] it is always Maren who is first to identify, isolate and analyze pertinent legal issues that affect the rest of us. … Maren is breathtakingly unselfish. Whatever team she is part of will receive the absolute best she has to offer—and the best she has to offer is the absolute best that can be obtained.  
– Retired Colonel, attorney, and congressional candidate

 

Maren’s Background

Prior to joining HLG, Maren was an Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General (JAG).  She practiced law at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (now Dentons) in Honolulu, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, in Los Angeles. 

Maren negotiated bills on Capitol Hill and provided strategic advice to civilian and military senior Air Force executives.  She wrote and published regulations on behalf of the government; wrote and audited compliance programs for private organizations; and investigated and enforced compliance on both sides of the table.  Maren negotiated the first-ever Medicaid compliance agreement in Hawai`i, saving the practice of a family doctor in a medically-underserved area.  She provided compliance advice to nonprofit organizations, government contractors, health care entities, educators, and others. 

Maren has a deep and varied history with commercial and residential real estate litigation and mediation.  She facilitated the transition, sale, and litigation of commercial leases during the K-Mart bankruptcy.  She litigated and mediated construction disputes and mixed-use condominium projects.  She litigated a failed public-private partnership multi-family housing project and now uses that experience to help developing new partnerships build successful projects for the future.

Her Approach

Maren’s entrepreneurial spirit matches well with the startup community, helping those in emerging markets and those that seek to disrupt or change existing markets to engage strategically with the government. She encourages clients to begin talking with government representatives early, so they can help shape the conversation, identify trade spaces, and develop their business plans accordingly.

Licensed in Washington, Hawai`i, and California (inactive), Maren’s varied background and personal network introduce diverse, new ideas into every project. She is straight-forward, non-partisan, and innovative.

 

Personal

In her free time, Maren enjoys being with her family, boating, bicycling, traveling, exercising and visiting local wineries.

Experience


Commercial Real Estate

  • Facilitated 100% successful transition, sale, and litigation of 46 commercial leases during the K-Mart bankruptcy…maximized value for the estate
  • Litigated a complex-financing, public-private partnership multi-family housing project…resolved multi-million-dollar fraud and breach of contract claims
  • Litigated and mediated mixed use condominium association dispute…negotiated mutually-agreeable compromise, bringing an end to decade-long dispute others thought intractable
  • Litigated construction dispute over failed concrete, mitigated loss and limited liability

Government Relations & Public Policy

  • Negotiated first-ever Medicaid compliance agreement in Hawai`i…saved the practice of a family doctor in a medically-underserved area
  • Developed & advocated disability policy change…adopted by Defense Health Affairs securing presumption of government liability for more than 1 million people
  • Led 40+ member team analyzing Guard and Reserve personnel law and policy matters… developed strategies to mitigate industry-wide pilot shortage
  • Wrote a bill, secured Department of Defense-wide agreement, and negotiated with congressional professional staff members to change laws regarding permissible use of full-time Guard and Reserve airmen
  • Led cross-functional team in processes improvement effort …saved 11 months in securing Secretary of the Air Force approval of proposed legislative changes
  • Developed strategy and managed sensitive religious freedom negotiations between Congress, a government agency and a private organization…avoided significant press and allowed space to negotiate preservation of a $1.3 million program
  • Balanced corporate interests & drafted policy to establish first-ever limited due process rights for Air Force officers relieved of command
  • Identified policy flaw incorrectly implementing federal benefits. Wrote and advocated for policy change…secured $3.7 million in advanced retirement pay for 400 airmen without the need for litigation

Education

  • United States Air Force Academy, BS, Humanities (1993)
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D. (2001)
  • Certificates
    • Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University, Certificate in Legislative Affairs (2012)
    • American Council on Exercise, Behavioral Change Specialty Certificate (2016)

Bar Admission

  • Washington
  • Hawai`i
  • California (inactive)

Court Admissions

  • Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawai`i
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Recognition

  • Joseph G. Lineberger Excellence Award, 2018
    • Awarded to exemplary catalysts for change, leading the Air Force in adapting how it thinks, organizes, trains, equips, and develops its people
    • Awarded to those who ensure due process, equity, fairness and impartial treatment of those affected by Air Force personnel policies and adjudications
  • Air Force Reserve Component Judge Advocate General of the Year, 2014
    • Awarded to the most outstanding Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve judge advocate (lieutenant colonel or below)
    • Awarded for contributions to mission support; leadership in civic, cultural, or professional activities; attorney/paralegal partnerships; external collaboration; and programs of professional self-improvement
    • #1 of >750 eligible candidates – Air Force level award
  • Headquarters Air Force Reserve Component Judge Advocate General of the Year, 2013
    • #1 of >150 eligible candidates - Headquarters level winner/nominee

Maren believes strongly in giving back to the community. Below are a few of the community groups she was or is currently involved in:

  • Assistant Treasurer, Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge
  • Organizer, Vancouver Travel Meetup Group

Past Activities

  • Moderator, Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Panel, Officer Women Leadership Symposium
  • Advisory Board, Western Center on Law & Poverty
  • Mentor, Volunteers in Parole
  • Member, Los Angeles Women in Sports

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