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Meet Maren, Pre-Litigation Paralegal

Maren Collins earned her bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from College of Saint Mary in 2005, but she took the scenic route, beginning her academic career as an Aerospace Engineering major at Wichita State University.  She laughs that those physics classes did not go to waste in car crash cases.  After she graduated she worked a few years for a defense firm before making the switch to plaintiff’s work.  Maren has focused her career in personal injury, and although she has experience in other areas of law, for the past few years she has been focused exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Maren truly cares about her clients and whole-heartedly believes in IKS’s focus on healing, then results.
Maren grew up in the small town of Syracuse, Nebraska and moved to Omaha during high school. She graduated from Millard North.  She was raised by a librarian and a pastor, and they instilled in her the values of caring relationships.  Her husband, Jay, is also from a small town in Nebraska, and they found themselves in the Ralston School District and enjoy the small-town atmosphere.  They have one daughter, Violet, who turned 11 in October.  She likes to be in 2-4 activities at a time, so she keeps them very busy attending games, lessons, and recitals.  Jay coached Violet’s softball team in summer 2021 and they won the championship in her age division from the Ralston Girls Softball Association.  Violet got that sportiness from Jay, but Maren did earn a varsity letter as the Volleyball Student Manager in high school, and those assistant skills and team mentality have left a lasting impact on Maren’s career.  Maren likes to stay active and have run in various 5k, 10k, and half-marathon races. She enjoys yoga, Pilates, and walks with her two beloved Labradors, Moonshine and Comet.  When Maren gets a chance to relax, she loves to cross-stitch and watch romantic comedies. Each year, she looks forward to going to the pumpkin patch in the fall, and then switches to cheesy Christmas movies and music.