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.
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.
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.
In her free time, Maren enjoys being with her family, boating, bicycling, traveling, exercising and visiting local wineries.
Maren believes strongly in giving back to the community. Below are a few of the community groups she was or is currently involved in: