Maren Lynn Chaloupka
Maren Lynn Chaloupka is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer. She represents people seriously injured, and who have lost loved ones, as the result of governmental negligence and civil rights violations, defective products, sexual assault, dangerous premises, intentional acts and professional negligence. Maren also represents persons charged with serious felonies. She handles civil and criminal appeals.
She began working for her beloved father, trial lawyer Robert Chaloupka, when she was 11 years old, and joined her father’s practice full-time in 1998. Maren was blessed by his mentoring, inspiration and friendship until his death in 2009. Bob’s practice and his life set the standard for courage, for not giving up, and for providing dignity and hope to persons broken by grief and despair.
Maren grew up in Scottsbluff and has lived there for most of her life, although her law practice now covers the State of Nebraska and beyond. After earning her law degree from Emory University in 1995, she served as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice C. Thomas White of the Nebraska Supreme Court. She began practicing law after her clerkship ended in 1996. Since that time, Maren has maintained an active trial and appeal practice. She has tried fifty-seven personal injury, civil rights and criminal cases to verdict since 1997 and has briefed and argued over sixty appeals in the state and federal appellate courts. Maren works with paralegal Riley Platt, who matches Maren’s aggressive and creative commitment to their clients.
Maren’s stock in trade has become unusual cases with cutting-edge legal issues and challenging facts, to include novel and untested legal theories for persons who have suffered serious physical and psychological damage. Some of the unusual areas of Maren’s practice include representing victims of sexual assault against employers of perpetrators and in inadequate security cases; representing families of mentally ill suicide victims against jails, prisons and psychiatric facilities; and representing victims of civil rights violations and governmental torts who face sovereign immunity defenses. She has also testified before the Nebraska legislature on issues of interest to her clients.
In 1999, Maren attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, a 31-day intensive trial school near Dubois, Wyoming. She was invited to join the faculty of Trial Lawyers College in 2000 and has taught at Trial Lawyers College and its related seminars since then.
Maren is a volunteer for Theatre West Summer Repertory and has played the piano for several of its productions, and she plays the piano for the Chuckwagon Mission Church. In her “spare” time, Maren administers amateur behavioral therapy for her two oversize rescue dogs and her murderous assassin of a cat.
Paralegal: Riley Platt
Riley Platt is a litigation paralegal at the firm. He manages case loads in practice areas that range from civil rights, personal injury, products liability, medical and professional negligence and felony criminal work.
Mr. Platt is a native of the rural Scottsbluff area. After earning his Bachelors of Arts in Legal Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice from Chadron State College in 2001, he periodically worked for the District Court Judges of Scotts Bluff County, while mainly working as a whitewater raft guide on several rivers throughout the United States. Mr. Platt joined the firm in 2007 and has diligently fought for our client’s rights since that time.
Within the community, Mr. Platt has served as a member of the Supervisory Committee for the Nebraska Rural Community Federal Credit Union.