Attorneys & Staff

Jeffrey Jarecki

Jeffrey C. Jarecki


Jeff Jarecki has a diverse practice that allows him to meet his clients’ many different needs. Jeff is equally comfortable handling both transactional matters and litigation. Jeff is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, and is a past President of the Nebraska Land Title Association.

Jeff is a native of Northeast Nebraska where he graduated from Boone Central High School. Jeff went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. He then attended the Creighton University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor with a concentration in business law.

Thomas M. Maul


Thomas Maul practices in an array of areas of law allowing him to address the needs and requests of each client. Tom has significant experience in litigation, estate planning and transactional legal work.  Tom is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, and the past President of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  Tom is a past member of the Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Council and a Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow.  He continues to serve on numerous committees, including the Rural Practice and Legislation Committees .  Tom’s civic involvement includes the Columbus Community Foundation, Inc., Columbus Area United Way, Pawnee Park Foundation Board of Directors, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Isidore Endowment Board and Parish Council, and Columbus High and Scotus Central Catholic Mock Trial Coach.

Tom is a native of Riverdale, Nebraska.  He graduated from Amherst High School in Amherst, Nebraska. Tom spent two years in the US Army, and then went on to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He then attended the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he earned his Juris Doctor.

Katerine Sharp

Katherine E. Sharp


Katie Sharp’s practice is comprehensive, allowing her to serve a variety of clients’ needs. Katie has experience in litigation, estate planning, and family law, as well as transactional law. Katie is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, and Order of the Barristers.

Katie is a native of Fullerton, Nebraska, where she graduated from Fullerton High School. She then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where she graduated with high distinction with a Bachelor of Arts. Katie attended the University of Nebraska College of Law and earned her Juris Doctor with a concentration in litigation.

Heather Kohtz

Heather K. Kohtz


Heather Kohtz is a native of Albion, Nebraska, having graduated from Albion High School. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska, and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies from Chadron State College, graduating magna cum laude. She became a Registered Abstracter in 2000 and a licensed Title Agent in 2013. Heather is also a member of the Land Title Association.

Sandra M. Christo


Sandy was born and raised in Schuyler, Nebraska, having graduated from Schuyler Central High School.  She went on to attend Creighton University, before starting and raising a family.  During that time, she was also actively involved in her community, having served on the local school board, high school foundation board, her church’s parish council and the county extension board.

Sandy has worked as a legal assistant in law offices in Schuyler and Columbus for 30+ years.  She brings a wide range of experience as support staff in the legal field, and is dedicated to providing the best legal service to the firm’s clients.

Mary S. Maul


Mary was born and raised in Fort Madison, Iowa.  She graduated in 1976 from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Science degree.  After teaching in Lincoln, Nebraska and marrying Tom, the two of them moved to Columbus where they have lived since 1980.

Mary and Tom have two married daughters. Leslie is a physician in Omaha and Lauren works in the entertainment field in Brooklyn, New York.

Most of Mary’s time is spent between Omaha with the two grandsons and working part-time at the law office in Columbus.

Sarah M. Seda


Sarah Seda was born and raised in Spalding, Nebraska, graduating from Spalding Academy in 2006.  She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Regular and Special Education with a minor in Coaching from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Sarah assists attorneys in the office with meeting client’s needs.

Kathryn J. Flaherty


Kate Flaherty is a native of western Nebraska and a 2006 graduate of Gering Senior High School. With a diverse resume ranging from vendor compliance management to the arts, Kate brings a diverse skill set for assisting the attorneys and helping clients.

Kaylee Merten


Kaylee was born and raised in Albion, Nebraska, and is a 2005 graduate of Boone Central High School. Her work experience ranges from customer service, management, and design. Kaylee is an active member of the community and loves working with people. She assists the attorneys with various matters and relays communications from our clients.