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. As a strategic planner and government relations advisor, Maren assists advancing and entrepreneurial businesses deal with 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.
Prior to joining HLG, Maren was an active duty and Reserve Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Air Force and she practiced law at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (now Dentons) in Honolulu, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, in Los Angeles. Most recently, she negotiated several bills on Capitol Hill and provided strategic advice to numerous 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. In private practice, 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 advise to nonprofit organizations, government contractors, health care entities, educators, and others.
Maren also 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.
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 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 (pending), California (inactive), and Hawai`i, Maren’s varied background and personal network introduce diverse, new ideas into every project. She is straight-forward, non-partisan, and innovative.
In her free time, Maren enjoys being with her family, boating, bicycling, traveling, exercising and visiting local wineries.