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My husband Dave and I have called Lincoln our home for over 20 years. We have 2 adult children whom we are proud of and enjoy spending time with them and their significant others.


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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 45%
    29 years
  2. Mediation: 35%
    6 years
  3. Health Care: 10%
    29 years
  4. Family: 5%
    29 years
  5. Education: 5%
    29 years



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Vanessa J. Gorden

    I have sent clients to Mary Kay for both mediation and social security applications and have found her to be excellent in both areas, even in complicated or difficult cases. I highly recommend her and her firm.


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Contact info

1045 Lincoln Mall
Suite 200
Lincoln, NE, 68508


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Outstanding Service AwardLincoln Southwest Silver Hawk Theater2006
Volunteer of the YearPlanned Parenthood2002
First PlaceMoot Court Appellate Advocacy Competition1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/Engaged in the practice of LawMary Kay Hansen Law & Mediation, PC LLO2010 - Present
Adjunct Assistant Professor-Family LawUniversity of Nebraska College of Law1998 - 1998
Instructor-Medical Malpractice & Law Office AdministrationCollege of St. Mary1993 - 1993
PartnerMcHenry, Haszard, Hansen, Roth & Hupp, LLO, PC1992 - 2010
PartnerRinger, Cavendar, Hansen & Stiller1991 - 1992
Adjunct Visiting Professor-Legal ClinicWest Virginia University College of Law1990 - 1991
City AttorneyCity of Westover1989 - 1990
Instructor-Real Property & Business LawWest Virginia Career College1986 - 1987
Sole practicioner-General practiceMary Kay Hansen1986 - 1991
Law ClerkSteptoe & Johnson1985 - 1986
Law ClerkTollison & Alexander1984 - 1985
Service RepresentativeNorthwestern & South Central Bell1979 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nebraska Supreme Court Judicial Nominating CommissionMember2011 - Present
Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account FoundationNominating Committee, LRAP Committee Member, & NSBA Liason2010 - 2010
Cardwell Woods Homeowners AssociationSecretary2009 - Present
Nebraska Mediation AssociationFounding Member & Active Member2009 - Present
Heartland MediatorsMember2009 - Present
The Mediation CenterAffiliate2008 - Present
Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the CourtsMember2006 - 2007
Lincoln Southwest High School Performing Arts Booster ClubMember/Secretary2005 - 2007
Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account FoundationPresident2005 - 2010
Cardwell Woods Homeowners AssociationPresident of Board of Directors1999 - 2006
Girls Scouts/Homestead CouncilLeader1998 - 2002
Lincoln/Lancaster Family Resource CenterBoard of Directors1996 - 1999
Nebraska State Bar Association - Family Law -Executive CommitteeExecutive Committee Member1995 - 1997
Lincoln Bar Assocation: Local Practice CommitteeMember1995 - 1998
Robert Van Pelt American Inns of CourtMember1995 - 1999
Nebraska State Bar Association: Committee on EthicsMember1995 - 1998
Catholic Charities: Shelter of Victims of Abuse Task ForceMember1994 - 1995
NOVA/Association of Business and Professional WomenMember1994 - 1997
Voices for ChildrenMember1992 - 1994
Supreme Court State of NebraskaMember1992 - Present
Nebraska State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Nebraska State Bar Association-Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law & Women and Law Practice sectionsMember1992 - Present
Morgantown, West Virginia, Building CommissionMember1991 - 1992
Jim Zimarowski’s Campaign for Monongalia County Prosecuting AttorneyTreasurer1991 - 1992
National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s RepresentativesMember1988 - Present
REM of West Virginia: Human Rights CommitteeMember1988 - 1991
Soroptomist InternationalMember1987 - 1991
Monongalia County Bar AssociationMember1986 - 1992
West Virginia State BarMember1986 - 1992
Steen-Reynolds Trial CompetitionParticipant1985 - 1985
Trial TechniquesLeader1985 - 1985
Appellate Advocacy Program - Moot Court BoardChairman1984 - 1985
Order of BarristersMember1984 - 1985
Moot Court BoardMember1983 - 1985
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pickrel v. Pickrel, 717 Neb. App. 792, 717 N.W.2d 479N/A
Holm v. Holm, 267 Neb. 867, 678 N.W.2d 499N/A
Weiss v. Weiss, 260 Neb. 1015, 620 N.W.2d 744N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Nebraska LawyerLimited Scop Representation, A Handy Tool for the DIY Litigant2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1985
Wayne State CollegeSocial Science & Secondary EducationOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Mediation ClinicFamily Law Mediation2011
NSBA Annual MeetingWhat You Need to Know About Family Law Practice Now2009
Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault CoalitionThe Intersection of Your Family Law Case With Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Criminal Issues2008
Annual Institute on the Survey of Nebraska Law, Ethics:Hot-Tip - How to Develop Good Attorney-Client Relationships, Keep Clients Happy and Avoid Disciplinary Grievances and Malpractice Claims2008
NCLE Parenting Act UpdateLB554, Bench and Bar Viewpoints2007
NCLE Family Law Update SeminarBurning Questions Relating to Family Law Practice in Nebraska2005
NATA Tools for the Trade SeminarTips for the Unwary: Essentials for Handling a Divorce2005
NCLE Family Law Update SeminarChild Custody Evaluations2002
NSBA Annual MeetingRecent Developments in Family Law: Modification of Decrees1998