MARY KAY HANSEN
    • Mary Kay Hansen Law & Mediation, PC LLO
    • 1045 Lincoln Mall, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508
    • 402-477-0230
    • 402-436-3031
    • marykay@mkhansenlaw.com
    ABOUT

    Mary Kay’s practice focuses on the mediation of family law matters throughout Nebraska, including: divorce, parenting plans, custody, alimony, paternity, child support, and the modification and enforcement of domestic relations orders. Recognizing the destructive nature of litigation, Mary Kay focuses on resolving matters without the need for Court intervention. Mary Kay has been approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution as a Parenting Act mediator and as a Specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution mediator, which allows her to provide mediation services in cases involving domestic abuse.  Mary Kay assists couples who want to file for divorce without an attorney, but encourages them to obtain legal guidance and advice.

    Mary Kay represents clients before the Social Security Administration, who due to accident, illness or mental health challenges, are unable to maintain employment because of their disability. Mary Kay assists clients with their applications to obtain Social Security disability insurance benefits, social security income, child dependency benefits, and disabled widow/widower benefits.

    In addition, Mary Kay serves as special counsel to the Academic Rights and Responsibilities Committees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and serves as general counsel for Region II Mental Health Services. Prior to returning to her home state of Nebraska, Mary Kay practiced in West Virginia where she was engaged in the private practice of law, served as Attorney for the City of Westover, and as a Commissioner on the City of Morgantown Building Commission. Mary Kay has been rated as an AV attorney, which is the highest rating granted, by Martindale and Hubbel.

    Holding the belief that one should give back to their community and profession through public service, Mary Kay regularly volunteers in the community.

    AREAS OF PRACTICE
    • Mediation
    • Family Law
    • Social Security — Disability
    MEDIATION TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS
    • Parenting Plan Mediator, Office of Dispute Resolution, 2010
    • Specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator, Office of Dispute Resolution, 2010
    BAR ADMISSIONS
    • Nebraska, 1992
    • West Virginia, 1986
    • Mississippi, 1985
    EDUCATION

    University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi

    J.D. – 1985
    Honors: Order of the Barristers

    Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska

    B.A. – 1978
    Major: Social Science and Secondary Education

    PUBLISHED WORKS
    REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS
    • Region II Human Services
    • Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln Academics Rights & Responsibility Committee
    CLASSES/SEMINARS
    • “Limited Scope Representation, a Handy Tool for the DIY Litigant” published in The Nebraska Lawyer, Co-Author, 2010 – Present
    • What You Need to Know About Family Law Practice Now, NSBA, 2009
    • The Intersection of Your Family Law Case With Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Criminal Issues, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition, 2008
    • Hot-Tip: How to Develop Good Attorney-Client Relationships, Keep Clients Happy and Avoid Disciplinary Grievance and Malpractice Claims, Annual Institute on the Survey of Nebraska Law, Ethics, 2008
    • NCLE Parenting Act Update: LB554, Bench and Bar Viewpoints, 2007
    • NCLE Family Law Update Seminar – Burning Questions Relating to Family Law Practice in Nebraska, 2005
    • Tools for the Trade Seminar-Tips for the Unwary: Essentials for Handling a Divorce, NATA, 2005
    • Child Custody Evaluations, NSBA, 2002
    • Recent Developments in Family Law: Modification of Decrees, NSBA, 1998
    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS and MEMBERSHIPS
    • Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account Foundation, current board president, 2005 – Present
    • National Organization for Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, Member, 1998 – Present
    • Nebraska State Bar Association-Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Women in Law Practice Sections, Member, 1992 – Present
    • Supreme Court State of Nebraska, Member, 1992 – Present
    • Heartland Mediators Association, Member, 2009 – Present
    • Nebraska Mediation Association, Founding Member, 2009 – Present
    • Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, Member, 2006 – 2007
    • Lincoln/Lancaster Family Resource Center, Member-Board of Directors, 1996 – 1999
    • Catholic Charities: Shelter of Victims of Abuse Task Force, Member, 1994 – 1995
    • Voices for Children, Member, 1992 – 1994
    • Robert Van Pelt American Inns of Court, 1995 – 1999
    • Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, Member, 2013 – Present
    • Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, Member, 2013 – Present
    • Nebraska Bar Association LARP Scholarship Committee, Member, 2012 – Present
    • Nebraska State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Treasurer, 2014 – Present
    PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
    • McHenry, Haszard, Hansen, Roth & Hupp, L.L.O., P.C., Partner, 1992 – 2010
    • Ringer, Cavendar, Hansen & Stiller, Partner, 1991 – 1992
    • Mary Kay Hansen-Attorney at Law, Sole Practitioner, 1986 – 1991
    • University of Nebraska College of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor, 1998 – 1999
    • College of Saint Mary, Instructor, 1993 – 1995
    • West Virginia University College of Law, Adjunct Visiting Professor, 1990 – 1991
    • City of Westover, City Attorney, 1989 – 1990
    • West Virginia Career College, Instructor, 1986 – 1987
    PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
    • Volunteer Lawyers Project
    • Guest Speaker: UNL College of Law, Lincoln Public Schools, etc.
    • Volunteer Mediator: The Mediation Center, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Project Lap Top: providing representation for victims of abuse